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Triggerfinger - Colossus album review

Best yet from the Belgians

Cover art for Triggerfinger - Colossus album

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

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. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. 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 was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.