pochette-de-lalbum-whats-left-to-eliminateWhat’s Left To Eliminate? is the fourth studio album from Montreal Punk/Rock/Metal band Trigger Effect. They have already toured as an opening act for Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Rob Halford.

This album doesn’t just start, it lurches into a loud, violent, attack from the very start that doesn’t stop until they are finished. Every track flows into the next in the first concept album that the band has worked on. This is the story of a man meticulously searching for something more, the meaning of life, but choosing the wrong avenues to try and explore. Tracks are numbered in Roman Numerals, which I feel adds to the grandeur and visage of this album. The artwork is a picture of a man’s head, made up from different parts of each member of the band. I actually found the artwork somewhat misleading to the genre I was about to encounter upon pressing play. It said more dance/house music than heavy hitting metal-core.

There is a depth to every track, layer after layer of instruments and vocals, yet every part, every note comes through clearly. Vocal harmonies range from attractive, husky tones to the sounds of someone that might kill you in your sleep. This band are tight, every beat, every lick, every word perfectly timed and executed. Nothing seems to last too long. There is no track you skip, no boring points in a record that keeps you engaged from start to finish. The down side is that,  though there 11 tracks, this is a very short album, at a mere 23 minutes, that feels even shorter due to the aggressive speed of every track – honestly, I wanted it to last longer. A slower, atmospheric, lengthy piece in the mid-end section could have brought me this and helped transition this concept album from part 1 to part 2 of a story. When it finished I was left wanting more, which could be both a good and bad thing. Although every individual piece was perfect, and they flowed into each other seamlessly, it was a tad too rushed for me. When you are having the first few listens through it seems that just as you are wrapping your head around everything and settling into the album, it stops, three tracks short.

The album is fueled with coarse vocals, pounding drums and heavy riffs. It reminds me of bands like Every Time I Die, Pantera, Gallows, Alexisonfire, with some of the melodies adding a pinch of Biffy Clyro to the mix. The harmonies throughout are definitely one of the highlights of this record. The no room to breathe, fast paced sprint through every song is obviously Trigger Effect’s speciality. I can imagine being in a crowd for this would be exhausting and exhilarating all at once.

There are a few standout numbers here: the demonic track ‘That Vital Force’ that sits as the closer to the story is a highly emotive work. It almost allows you to picture this mean fighting for his life, walking across the barren wasteland that is his life. The vocals cut through the darkness produced by the band carrying with them a small amount of hope.

The pessimistically titled ‘Everything You Once Loved and Held Dear’ is a piece worthy of a stage. It is an epic, guitar heavy, fearless piece. I could happily listen to 7 minutes of just the piano introduction. In quality, it provides a percentage of the extra few tracks I longed for. It is a well-constructed song topped with an anthemic vocal that will have you screaming along.

Although in my opinion What’s Left To Eliminate? isn’t quite long enough, this is a well-executed album, and I can only imagine how awesome this would be to see live. The amount of tension and the naturally aggressive environment this record is steaming through is somewhat infectious, so I imagine the pit at this particular show would be pretty mental and definitely worth checking out this summer whilst they are on their Europe, US & Canada tour.

9-out-of-11Release Date 27/05/2013 (Dry Heave Records)

Liz Ahye

I have always had a passion for music. Growing up I spent many a Friday night glued to TOTP and many a Sunday attempting to record the Top 40 to tape. In secondary school I learnt the guitar and drums as well as being in every choir, sound crew and production I could. Finally, It was at University in Chester where I began to start writing reviews. Until then I didn't really think anyone would want to know my opinion. We had a guest lecturer come in and he had us do a minute task where we listened to a song and them had to write a descriptive one liner about it. I realised from this point that I could combine creative writing, music knowledge and opinion into something productive and interesting. That's when I signed up to Silent Radio. It was the perfect thing for me to get involved with, I could voice my opinion on the student airwaves and then write it for the website.Now I am a Music Production and Radio graduate, living in London and working my first industry job. I spend my days working at Metropolis Studios and my nights attempting to write well educated, witty and interesting reviews.When it comes to my taste in music I guess it's rather varied. I will pretty much give anything a listen. The genres closet to my heart would probably be rock, soul, funk and dance but thankfully my job is broadening my listening horizons even further. As a reviewer I would say I have a fan type approach and sometimes I am a little to generous when turning that dial but they are always honest and I hope to some degree, relevant. My hopes are to continue writing for SR, growing as a reviewer and expanding my music knowledge.