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Daniel Trigger
Army of One

Company: Self Released
Release: 2014
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: EC

  • Fulfilling for AOR and melodic rock fans

  • Daniel Trigger is a UK singer and songwriter who wears a few different hats. He formed a band called Trigger and released four albums between 2003 and 2011. At that point he took a hiatus from recording as the band Trigger and released his first solo venture, "Infinite Persistence", in 2012. "Army of One" is the aptly titled follow-up that showcases Daniel playing all instruments except drums. This recording is stocked with melodic and soaring vocals that recall some of metal's finest "strong man" singers like Rob Rock and Tony Harnell. Often the sound elevates to the ceiling with enough power and authority to create a robust arena rock sound. Songs like "Fear the Night" and "Dancing with the Devil" are laced with substantial grooves and solos that recall the mid to late 80s swank of Guns 'N Roses or Dokken. "Unbreakable" is a bit more polished and lean and might cater to the European crowds who clamor for today's Europe and Stryper AOR sounds. The same can be said for the faster "State of Mind" with its soaring lead mid-section that is counterbalanced by softer keys. "Here and Now" and "Remember When" both have more pop sensibility, the latter being an enjoyable retrospective piece about Daniel's life. Overall "Army of One" is a phenomenal album that should be fulfilling for AOR and melodic rock fans. It has enough stadium lights to make it big and loud yet heavy enough to compete with today's "harder" rock.

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    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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