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"Trinity" is Revolution Renaissance's third full-length ending their album trilogy. Once again, the band revolving around main songwriter and guitar wizard Timo Tolkki (former Stratovarious mastermind) shows how first-class tracks such as "Dreamchild" or "Falling to Rise" are brilliantly carried out by perfectly balancing ambition and appeal. "Trinity's" title track is the album's core, and while it last well over 10 minutes, each second is able to enthrall the listener beyond all expectations. Revolution Renaissance delivers an album able to exhilarate melodic power metal fans everywhere.
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There is a bit of controversy surrounding this album. Tolkki announced just before it was released that it was going to be the last Revolution Renaissance album due to lack of interest, and the band recently claimed that Tolkki didn't actually play any guitar parts on Trinity. Allegedly the guitar work here is the work of producer Santtu Lehtiniemi. Apparently the band is going to continue in some form, and based on this album I don't blame them. Hopefully their songwriting skills match their musical chops.
Anyway, back to the album. As you would expect, Trinity sounds quite a bit like a classic Stratovarius album (Visions maybe), and has that cold, Finnish progressive/power metal sound that Stratovarius pioneered and bands like Sonata Arctica and Excalion perfected. It's a melodic album that also boasts some very technical musicianship (especially on the 10-minute title track). The guitar work is absolutely incredible (whoever it is playing), and the vocals are quite good as well. It's still weird to hear Timo (or a Timo stand-in) playing without Timo Kotipelto on vocals, but Takara frontman Gus Monsanto does a great job.
Controversy aside, if you like the Finnish style of progressive/power metal, you'll want to hear Trinity. I'm going to be very interested to see where both Tolkki and the rest of the band end up.
Update - In a recent interview, Tolkki confirms that he did indeed perform the guitar parts for this album. He also announced that he is working on an "all-star" project called Symfonia, which will feature former Angra vocalist Andre Matos and former Helloween drummer Uli Kusch, among others. It sounds very promising.
`Trinity', as the title suggest, is the brand new third album of `Revolution Renaissance' bringing to front yet another all-star line up: bass player Magnus Rosen (`Hammerfall'), drummer Bruno Agra (`Aquaria'), keyboardist Bob Katsionis (`Firewind') plus one of the latest greatest voices of melodic/power metal, Gus Monsanto (ex-`Adagio', `Takara').
In terms of direction, `Trinity' manages to balance perfectly the `Stratovarious' approach and the sound of the first `Revolution Renaissance' album. `Trinity' is, for the biggest part, up tempo but not unreasonably fast, with emphasis on matching instrumental and vocal melodies on each track while coming up with memorable choruses; it is also clear that we are looking at a guitar oriented album with keyboards restricted to complementary roles.
It all comes down to the quality of the material which forges a distinct sound for the band; in particular the very personal style of Gus Monsanto draws `Revolution...' away from any potential comparisons to `Stratovarius' as `Trinity' objectively differentiates one band form the other. In terms of songwriting the majority of the album is written between Tolkki and Monsanto with sporadic contributions from Agra.
If you are a fan of `Stratovarius', Timo Tolki or `Revolution Renaissance' you are probably confident in purchasing `Trinity' and the all-star power metal line up should make the experience even more exciting.
"Metal Hammer" Greek magazine (issue 309) marks this album with 7/10 commenting: "...uplifting, refreshing, without a single filler..."
For some reason (or probably because of Timmo Tolki) the group seemed familiar. I like all the albums, but the second and this one in particular I liked the most. A pitty that Tolki had to made a new group. You won't be dissapointed!