TRINITY TEST: Self-titled: LP

Rock riffs plus old school hardcore punk is usually a killer combo in my book. And while there are enjoyable parts of this record (with a killer cover), as a whole it just doesn’t click. Some parts are overly simplistic but lack power; some parts incorporate interesting licks but too often don’t meld with the vocals. All that said, this seems to be Trinity Test’s debut record, but which sounds and feels more like a demo. There’s definitely potential here though, so I hope these Minnesotans keep at it and really push themselves in their songwriting, arrangements, and vocal dynamics. With that sort of progression and a proper, professional recording, their next record could be a great one. –Chad Williams (FTWNU2, ftwnu2.com)