Triggerfinger – Colossus
Release Date: 25th August 2017
Label: Mascot Records
It is impressive how some bands, and mostly European ones at that, manage to slip past everyone’s attention for so long. Triggerfinger were formed in 1998 and despite nearly 20 years in the business, and some high profile opening slots in that time, they’ve not really garnered the recognition that they deserved, in the UK at least. Can Colossus be the album that changes that?
Kicking things off with the title track really beds in the album’s name with a chorus of ‘Colossus, Colossus’. It’s a riffy, rocky opener that is a perfect introduction to not only the album, but the band if you’ve not heard them before. Flesh Tight changes things up to a more QOTSA vibe, with the Mark Lanegan-esque vocals a primary focus of the rest of the album.
The variation in styles on the album is fantastic. It ranges from rock tracks you can tap your foot to, to songs that practically drag you off your feet to dance. This isn’t rock as we know it, this is fun without being cringeworthy and it’s interesting without being inaccessible. Triggerfinger appear to have worked their asses off to make an album that has throwbacks to the likes of Led Zeppelin and Manic Street Preachers. ‘Afterglow’ is a prime example of this. The acoustic guitar could have come straight from Physical Graffiti, but it isn’t a rip off. It’s fresh and beautiful.
Colossus is like a good book or well written movie or show. It changes each time you listen to it with different elements coming to the fore. Music these days is often throwaway singles that people get bored of within a couple of listens – Triggerfinger don’t seem to be interested in being superficial though. Like Baroness and Opeth recently, they’re creating albums that they want to, that will stand the test of time.
Recommended Tracks: Flesh Tight, Afterglow, Breathlessness
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