On Trial - "Forever"
(Bad Afro Records 2006, AFROCD027)
Uploaded to Aural Innovations June 2006
On Trial are back with their first studio recording in 6 years. Ok... the last record was not released 6 years ago but it was recorded that long ago. A big change as well with Guf and Anders no longer in the line up. They picked up Bjarni on guitars and Anders on drums (playing with the band since the summer of 2003!). On this new record, the band have completely stuck to the roots of their sound and made a great sounding record with cool melodic and sometimes hard hitting psych rock songs. Bo sings brilliantly as always and Henrik and Bjarni meld together just as Henrik and Anders or Henrik and Morten used to give each track that cool dual lead driven sound, but never forgetting the melody. Mountain starts the CD off and features acoustic guitar (not found on many On Trial tracks) and is a great upbeat melodic track. Black Seagull reminds me a lot of LOVE and is a really cool track with some sitar sounds and a cool dual psych guitar section. Kill City Lights is a hard hitting track like Pot of Gold or That's Right. One Good Morning has a bit of a dark mysterious feel to it. Not sure if it is the strange guitar sound or what... a moody track. Blood River begins with a bass line by Nik as the guitars slowly filter into the mix. This is the longest track on the CD (5½ minutes) and I love the totally psyched out guitar in the middle of this one. Believe is another hard rocker. Too Late Too Loud takes it down a lot and is probably the most laid back track on the CD and features some great vocals. Morning Sun in Burg Herzberg is the most pop song of the record but a great 60's styled track with organ as well. The CD ends with Going North and is the bands erotic sex tribute song! Another great record guys, just don't make us wait so long for the next one.
For more information you can visit the On Trial web site at: http:/www.ontrial.dk.
Hear songs at the band's myspace web site at: http://www.myspace.com/ontrial.
Visit the Bad Afro web site at: http://www.badafro.dk.
Reviewed by Scott Heller