Prototype - Trinity

12 songs
53:39 minutes
***** ****


I really don't appreciate metal the same way I did some years ago, but sometimes there are real metal jewels appearing out of the blue. A fine example is the first album by Prototype called Trinity. They released already a mini album in 1993, but you had to wait eleven years for their first full-length CD. The opener Live A Lie is one of the most amazing and exciting metal songs I've heard in a long time. The music is old-fashioned, aggressive and Bay Area-like, but quite complex nonetheless. Prototype take advantage of a great singer who gives the songs a more progressive touch and reminds me of Psychotic Waltz. Prototype don't make the mistake to try to sound too progressive and complicated but instead emphasise on writing mature metal songs. Just listen to the guitars which cover a repertoire from angry distortions to very melodic hooks. Songs like Pure or the title track are nearly on the same high level as the opener. Dead Of Jericho is a more progressive, not too easy to follow song. I Know You is a beautiful acoustic guitar song. As the album also has a solid production, it can be recommended to every nostalgic progressive thrash metal fan. In my opinion, Prototype are actually the greatest metal surprise.

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