Trigon - "Emergent"
(self-released 2005, CD)
From Aural Innovations #32 (November 2005)
The latest from German trio Trigon features more of their excellent psychedelic fueled hard rock instrumentals. Trigon are far more varied than they might on the surface appear, blending power trio psych rock with jazz and progressive rock influences. Throughout the album the Stefan Lange (bass) and Tihomir Lozanovski (drums) rhythm section forms a steady rocking platform upon which guitarist Rainer Lange cranks out his solos. Udo Gerhards contributes keyboards to four tracks, though he's not nearly as prominent as he was on the fantastic Burg Herzberg 2004 CD (see AI #29).
Any guitarist who makes continuous soloing the focal point of the music risks drifting off into repetition and tedium. But Rainer is an expressive musician who injects fire, passion, attitude and variety into his playing. Hendrix and Ax Genrich are good analogies, though after having heard several Trigon albums I'd say Rainer definitely has a voice of his own. Among the highlights are the heavy psych rocking "Emergent" and "Lederne Beistelldamen". "Mission Critical Dropout" and Die Üblichen Verdächtigen" feature some of Rainer's most mind blowing playing of the set. "Turbulenzen" is a potent slab of psych infused metal. "Kamasutra Debakel" and "Willkür Und Tücke" both have a melodic feel that reminds me of a psychedelic version of Glenn Phillips. "Fette Beaute" is a stellar example of Trigon at their psych-jazzy-progressive best. And the band get down to their roots on "Lecker Mississippi Schlamm", a fun boogie woogie rock n roll tune.
Most of the tracks are in the 4-5 minute range, which is ideal for the Trigon style of combining an improvisational jam sensibility within a composed instrumental song framework. Trigon get better all the time so I'd say this is a great place to start if you've not heard them before.
For more information you can visit the Trigon web site at: http://www.trigon.in/.
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Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz