TR3NITY – The Cold Light Of Darkness (Cyclops)

Although it came out in 2002, I have just got around to trying Tr3tiny’s debut album – a concept piece based on the story of a young girl called Cathy, and her experiences of child abuse, drugs and crime. Quite a depressing topic for an album, you might think, and although the lyrics can obviously be a bit bleak at times, the band have not really carried this feel into the music. This could be taken two ways – some might say that if the lyrics are dark then the music should reflect that, and others could say that just because the story is depressing then the music does not have to follow suit. I tend to side with the latter view, and the lengthy opener ‘Eyes Of A Child’ seems to support my view. The music is full of twists and turns, with two separate instrumental passages before the vocals appear, and when the chorus comes it is as catchy as many a pop ditty. We are then treated to a faster section with a couple of keyboard solos followed by a reprise of the lyrics. As an opener it heralds great things for the rest of the album, and both ‘The Mask’ and ‘Into The Dark’ are excellent examples of modern prog, even if they don’t quite live up to the promise of the first track. ‘Into The Dark’ does have some good keyboard and guitar interplay towards the end of its nine minutes, though, and a moving guitar solo does add to the poignancy of the track. ‘Which Way?’ ups the pace for the first time on the alum, and the feel of the song is very much mid 70’s funky rock – quite commercial in is own way, and leading into an atmospheric mid-section while is quite Floydian in its spacey feel and Gilmouresque guitar figures, before the main theme returns in a more bluesy version for the remainder of the track. The album ends with the four part ‘The Exposure Suite’, which starts with the power ballad of ‘The Film’, featuring some nice guitar work, which leads into ‘Help Me’ – possibly the least successful song on the album - I know that the subject matter warrants moody music, but this one is just a bit too dreary. Things pick up again on ‘Is There A Paradise?’, but although there is a bit more melody the pace does not really move on. It is left to closing track ‘Can’t You See?’ to up the ante and provide a fitting end to a fine progressive rock album. It would really take something to equal last issue’s Gift or Abarax albums, but this one comes a pretty close second, and is well worth hearing. This makes a good half dozen albums that I have now purchased from GFT unheard, and there has not been one dud amongst them, so if you want to hear some great progressive rock then ask for a catalogue, otherwise they might just stop sending them out.