Albums That You Probably Missed in 2016, But You Shouldn’t Have

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Trauma Field – Changing Tides

Trauma Field is a group that manage to fuse the epic nature of power metal, the melodic aspects of traditional heavy metal, highly modern experimentation and a slight amount of death metal which is used for emphasis, resulting in a potent combination that makes for an engaging listen.

On their second full-length release, Changing Tides, fans have the opportunity to discover the roots of this highly dynamic and talented quintet from Jyväskylä in Finland. Available both as digital download and Digipack CD with beautiful art, Changing Tides is on all levels, an engaging effort that stands up to anything else in the genre quite well. “Aeons” seethes with an imposing darkness that many bands of this nature are unable to achieve.

Jaakko Pesu is a truly a fantastic vocalist. His singing is filled with melody and he has an excellent range that suits the band’s compositions perfectly. Possessing an excellent range and a commanding presence, his performance here rests with the finest output going. Moreover, the instrumentation (again courtesy of Mr. Pesu who also handles guitar duties) is top notch.

“Life Passed” is filled with emotion as the group embarks upon an impressive foray of varied moods, punctuated by the tasteful addition of keyboardist Antero Jokinen’s synths. If radio programmers could think outside of the very narrow box that they impose upon the public, this song would be enormously popular. “High Tide” is vibrant and aggressive, with Jaakko Pesu’s highly emotive vocals pushing this track into the stratosphere as the band employs an extremely dark take on modern rock rhythms and harmonies. Trauma Field is amongst the most creative and talented of bands playing this progressive style of music today, and quite likely the darkest of them all.

Changing Tides does not fail to disappoint as any fan of the group’s current direction will find this to be a highly entertaining release that offers up everything that fans of this genre love.

Buy Changing Tides from Bandcamp.

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