Daniel Trigger is a new name on me, which is odd because he's been making melodic and hard rock music for over 15 years now. Coming back to his more melodic roots after some heavier albums, 'Right Turn' will come as a bit of a bolt from the blue for those who were as oblivious about him as myself.
The bizarre first impression I got from opener 'Penitence' was that this guy must be from Europe, as his nasal, slightly accented vocals certainly point to a Germanic origin. I can imagine him singing, for example, an early Bonfire album and doing a fine job. Well, I felt a right tit when I read the biography and found out he was from Birmingham in England. Putting this aside, it's the music that matters (as ever), and straight from that opener there's plenty to like about Daniel Trigger. Second track 'Days Gone By', for example, uses the classic AOR staple of remeniscing about the good ol' days, and contains a chorus that will stick in your head all day. After that the gears are shifted down to a more countrified area, as 'Drive' replaces bounce with mosey. The quality remains high, though, and the album pretty much continues in this vein, alternating between classic, upbeat AOR and mid paced country rock, with the AOR getting the lion's share. It's a bit like Johnny Lima and Bon Jovi (this century's Bon Jovi, anyway) getting together and getting the best out of each other.
'Right Turn' is a cracker of an album, not weighed down by ballads and with plenty of energetic, catchy tracks from start to finish. Many albums tend to tail off in the second half, but Daniel Trigger keeps things fresh, even closing with two high energy rockers, 'Rock n Roll Party' and 'Wheels In Motion'. This is a fresh slice of AOR that will make any wimp rock fan pee their pants with joy. It may have taken me many years to find Daniel Trigger, but I hope to hear more from him in the future.
Time for some good ol’ rock n’ roll with DANIEL TRIGGER’s “Right Turn”. The artwork of the album shows an image of a girl with her luggage and acoustic guitar taking on a desert during an early sunset. The image is full of life, joy and positive vibe which gives us an immediate perception of what the album might bring. As advertised, the album is full of beautiful melodies and big hooks. Daniel’s chilling voice suits perfectly well with the sound of classic rock n roll, and not only that – it also brings a very positive atmosphere to the songs.
Right from the opening song, you’ll know that this record will be another classic and will further kick up Daniel Trigger’s reputation in this music genre. Songs “Penitence” and “Days Gone By” come in with a very ear soothing tune and relaxing musicality, while possessing an irresistible charisma. The vocals is so friendly too – anyone can sing along with it. This for me makes the songs extra special. Imagine performing these in front of a crowd of twenty thousand people and everyone starts singing along. Daniel then shows the vastness of his arsenal as he goes mellow with the most parts of “Drive”. Still chilling and relaxing, this song will give you one of the best sound therapies you’ll have. The guitar solo is exceptional. It’s so sharp yet so melodic and graceful.
The next song “Running into the Wind” opens with a loud and energetic intro, then transitions to a calmer mood and then back to a large chorus, making it a very memorable track. This song will make a perfect example of what a party rock song is. The guitar riffs accompanied with the piano makes a perfect background to Daniel’s voice. Another excellent feature is the solo that will surely make you lose yourself. Try listening to this song with your earphones in the office and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. “Heavy Heart” is a song about a heart break – but not the typical radio song you’ll sing about 15 year old boys whining about it. Yes, it’s an emotional song, but it focuses on all the strength he has inside of him. It sends a message that instead of being a cry-baby, one must rediscover how they were able to live a happy life without a partner and do it again after a heart break. The message in the song is applicable to everyone.
In the last two songs, “Rock N Roll Party” and “Wheels in Motion”, Daniel goes all-out rock n roll. With high energies and very sing-able tunes, these tracks make very good anthems. With “Rock N Roll Party”, Daniel can carelessly sing onstage while watching all the people go crazy dancing their asses off. “Wheels in Motion” is almost the same in terms of energy and intensity. The difference is that it’s a lot heavier, borrowing some elements of the NWOBHM. With this yet another astonishing record, DANIEL TRIGGER jumps up his reputation into a higher level. Rock N Roll is not dead, fellas. You just need to find the right artists, and DANIEL TRIGGER is one of them. Two thumbs up to this record.
Arriva il nuovo lavoro di studio di Dan Trigger, talentuoso cantautore britannico che convoglia nelle sue opere il giusto mix di sound melodico e rock, influenzato dai grandi del genere, da Bon Jovi agli Europe.
Partenza di grandissimo effetto emotivo con la superba e trionfale “Penitence”, corale, piena, dalla struttura trascinante, che identifica in pieno l’autore dal punto di vista vocale e artistico. Si prosegue con “Days Gone By”, più rockeggiante e scanzonata, allegra e gioiosa, ottima colonna sonora per creare un’atmosfera festaiola. “Drive” è introdotta da un pregevole arpeggio acustico, intenso, corposo, come il resto del brano: un inno dolce e vellutato che va dritto al cuore, dove le influenze bonjoviane si sentono in pieno. Il ritmo aumenta notevolmente su “Running Into The Wind”, moderatamente veloce, aggressiva e frizzante, piacevolissima dal primo all’ultimo secondo di ascolto. La brillantezza non cala mai, anche nella solare e sconfinata “Hold Back The Night”, brano schietto e deciso, dal ritornello orecchiabile e musicalmente raffinato. “Heavy Heart” non scherza, tosto in tutta la sua interezza, granitico nella ritmica, dall’esecuzione impeccabile. Sempre sulla stessa lunghezza d’onda della traccia precedente troviamo “Alive”, compatta e cristallina, che presto lascia spazio alla ben più lacrimevole “There In Your Heart”, ballata calda e tutto sommato canonica. Il clima si riscalda ulteriormente con “Rock N Roll Party”, pezzone rock senza se e senza ma, godereccio, dagli spunti strumentali non del tutto scontati. Dopo la travolgente traccia finale “Wheels In Motion”, perla conclusiva, ci congediamo con un gran sorriso di soddisfazione stampato sul volto da questo super album, splendidamente reso, che si attesta senza dubbi tra le uscite più calde e riuscite dell’anno.
Introducing Daniel Trigger’s current album, ‘Right Turn’. All proceeds from the sales of which are being donated to the mental health charity MIND.
Penitence – Huge soaring intro! Straight into it, in Dan’s inimitable way. Massively powered vocals and accompaniments to match. Thoroughly infused with that catchy, accessible style that all fans of Dan’s work will recognise and shot through with 100% sincere plausibility. Drumming as wonderfully upbeat as it is heavy and always, that vocal signature shining through, adding to the mood lifting atmosphere. Flawless, impeccable delivery and the sound values are equally faultless. Just a great big radiant sound, guaranteed to pep you up.
Rock N Roll Party – Gorgeously smooth strummed intro, drums rapidly following, with true party rock vocals. Lyrics any rock fan’ll identify with, adeptly performed, with sheer rabid enthusiasm. One to lose yourself in completely, a fact reinforced by the closing applause. That’s gonna be a firm fan favourite.
Drive – Well perfected intro riff, joined by softer vocals and a gentler, but no less effective melody. A very emotional one, this. Very moving lyrics, carrying echoes of The Quireboys’ ‘Pretty Girls’ and even, a rockier ‘Runaway Train’ reverberates through it. Just throwing out so much power, in every note. Impossibly impressive, in its sheer life force and energy alone, even without all the rest. Classic rock incarnate.
Running Into The Wind – Massive drum hits introing, flowing right into precisely timed vocals. Just so plausibly and eagerly performed, with nothing less than 100% drive. Hugely rhythmic and melodically fulsome, chunky sounds and upbeat vibes, all the way. Nothing to hate and everything to love.
Hold Back The Night – Very full drum sound intro’s here and a gorgeously deep vocal follows. Lyrically cathartic, in a very nostalgic sense. There’s such a pure feeling about this and it’s just so real and believable, at the most primal level. A sense ably assisted by the ingrained beauty of the guitar parts. Some tracks just ring with absolute truth and sincerity and this is one of them.
Heavy Heart – Vocal solo intro, quickly joined by strong riffs, with a slightly electrified sound built-in. The palpable daggers to the heart shoot right out of this track, as does the release and relief following them. If there’s one thing Dan’s a master of, it’s conveying powerful emotions, through his music and that reflects so strongly, through this track.
Alive – Beautifully strummed chords open. Another emotional one, with healing rays of hope shining out of it. Some artists are known for healing with their voices and Dan has that ability, for certain. Again, there’s a real catchiness about it and it’s very much an intuitive track. Genuine feeling resonates throughout, saturating every moment and it’s just a great sound. Something of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ seems to sing through this aswell and it’s bound to touch many.
There In Your Heart – Loving that intro melody! An enormously hopeful song, right from the off. Prime rock ballad territory right here. This is a real wowser. Just so deeply entrenched with the very heart within the title. Slick, smooth, perfected delivery and truly, the love just screams from it.
Days Gone By – Ooh, brilliantly performed intro riff, bringing that deliciously hardened edge. Liking the lyrics, too). This just taps into something innately recognisable and brings it out of the shadows and into the light. In fact, it is a massively light filled track and that’s what resonates and impresses most. A highly therapeutic number, full of catch, which’ll no doubt hook you in, from the start.
Wheels In Motion – Yummy heavy intro, echoing The Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’. Ace pace and rhythm and a well chosen closer. Also something Bon Jovi-esque in the sound of Dan’s vocals, holding that same level of enthusiasm. Vibrant and life affirming throughout and ending on a mood enhancing shout. A really sunny track, through which, you can almost see the sun itself.
Overall – ‘Right Turn’ is something really special. As with all Dan’s previous work, his total professionalism, dedication and commitment to his art shines through it, like a beacon and it is, as always, flawless in its delivery and immaculate in sound production. With ‘RT’, though, he’s really hit the nail on the head, in the sense of the complete integration of pure and absolute plausible emotion. That’s what stands out most of all. ‘RT’ is not only consistently catchy and chock full of rocky hooks, but the wholeness of human experience pulses through it, bringing healing vibes with it. ‘RT’, for an instant hitter.
For fans of Journey, Bon Jovi, Devilfire, The Quireboys, Heaven’s Basement, Shinedown, Alter Bridge.
"Right Turn" is the new album from singer / songwriter DANIEL TRIGGER, an indie artist who has been releasing several records since 2005, plus albums under the Trigger name. We have listened to some of them but his overall heavy rock style never convinced us.
However, things are changing with "Right Turn". I can see why the album will be released by MelodicRock Records soon; this material is inspired by the classic Melodic Rock sound from the '80s.
One thing that will surprise the listener is that Daniel hails from the Midlands in the UK and not the US as the music on here would suggest.
Bringing to mind Mitch Malloy (in his early years), Johnny Lima and late '80s Bon Jovi, Daniel Trigger knows his way around a melodic tune and chorus.
Lyrically he harks back to the glory days of melodic rock on ‘Days Gone By’. ‘Drive’ is a tune made for just that – top down on the car (or windows for most of us) with this melodic rock gem blasting out on the speakers.
There's a clear Malloy feeling in the classy melodic rock pattern of 'Running Into The Wind', with its rip roaring piano riff including acoustic guitar into the mix but used as 'electric' riffage.
Midtempo 'Hold Back The Night' brings to mind Bon Jovi's New Jersey era, really 'American' in its delivery, 'Heavy Heart' has a catchy, pure '80s melodic rock chorus, while we have a classic rock vibe on the fun ‘Rock N Roll Party’.
The only ballad here, ‘There In Your Heart’, bring to mind Jon Bon Jovi solo album, or better Johnny Lima, as Trigger's voice is very similar to them.
If you have listened to some of Daniel Trigger previous albums, forget 'em, he has 'turned' timeless melodic rock here on the properly titled "Right Turn".
There's sweet melodious vocals, catchy choruses, a warm production, and while Daniel performs all instruments, he was cleverly enough to bring a very good guitar player in Jay Maddison to provide the clean solos and round up very entertaining songs.
Daniel Trigger will be a new name to many and he is worth listening to based on the melodic rock delights he has provided here.