Triggerfinger - Colossus album review

Best yet from the Belgians

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The problem with the previous four Triggerfinger albums is that they tried but failed to capture their essential live energy. This time, though, they’ve gone for a different approach. It feels like a studio record, rather than a collection of songs played live in a studio confine. And it works.

The Belgian trio’s off-kilter, perverse representation of rock’n’roll shines through, and nowhere better than on instrumental closer Wollensak Walk. But, thanks to producer Mitchell Froom, what is right to the fore is the band’s ability to write thoughtful, moody songs which sound like Stray Cats channelling The Cult, as Danko Jones strums in a corner.

From the country bounce of the title track, through the slow smooching Afterglow and the Faces-inspired strut of Bring Me Back A Live One, Triggerfinger are having fun, and in the process have succeeded in the challenge to deliver a convincing set of studio performances.

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 (opens in new tab), 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.