Trespass - Footprints In The Rock album review

Once NWOBHM hopefuls, now also rans

Cover art for Trespass - Footprints In The Rock album

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In 1980, Trespass were regarded as capable of challenging Def Leppard, with sophisticated melodic hard rock that was exciting. But that was a long time ago and circumstances conspired against them. Now, with only guitarist/vocalist Mark Sutcliffe left from the original line-up which gave us the classic One Of These Days, there’s little to commend them.

There are the occasional enlightened moments, as with the dual guitar figures on Be Brave and the title track, but the shining glimpses are surrounded by long tracts of trudging disappointment. Certain tracks begin well enough, but soon lose momentum and shape, and nothing here comes even close to anything on their 1981 EP Bright Lights.

Footprints In The Rock is not an awful album, but it merely underscores how far removed Trespass now are from that era when they were contenders.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He died in 2021