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Amanda Somerville's TRILLIUM - "Tectonic" Album Review
Review by - Hollywoodvampyre
Amanda Somerville is an American
singer-songwriter best known for her collaborations with various European metal
bands such as Avantasia, Epica, Kamelot, and After Forever. Since the late 90’s
Amanda has worked mainly in Germany and the Netherlands. With a vocal range
from tenor to soprano and stylistically diverse, Amanda s solo career has
mostly comprised of pop/soft rock and hard rock but has experience over a wide
selection of musical influences. In 2011 Amanda became the lead vocalist of the
band Trillium who released their debut 'Alloy'.
After a seven year gap Amanda is ready
to grace us with Trillium’s sophomore album 'Tectonic'.
is a worthy follow up to 2011’s 'Alloy' and it’s a very good album. In my
opinionthere isn’t actually a weak
track on this album in fact the majority of the compositions are sublime.
Amanda has a phenomenal range and it doesn’t matter whether she’s singing
gentle ballads, belting outhard rock or
soaring opera she changes between styles flawlessly. Instrumentally the band
are on top form, symphonic keyboards, thunderous percussion and riffs that will
make your toes curl with pleasure and when you put them all together you will
experience multiple eargasms.
despite all that praise there is a BUT and I think the majority of people will
know what that is, whilst 'Tectonic' is an excellent album it’s nothing new there
are simply far too many bands out there that sound the same. Trillium may not
be breaking any boundaries but they are making excellent music and are keeping
good company with bands such as Nightwish, Epica, Leaves Eyes, Within
Temptation and Delain.
such a shame that there is nothing unique about this album as that would have
made it possible for me to give it a 10/10 score unfortunately because there
isn’t I’m awarding it a measly 9/10
Time To Shine
Full Speed Ahead
Cliché Freak Show
by Amanda Somerville & Sander Gommans
Somerville – vocals
Gommans - guitars & bass
Van Ittersum – keyboards
Borgman - drums
Speed Ahead”: bass by Mark Burnash, 2nd guitar solo by Paul Owsinski