Year : 2009 (Japan Edition)
Style : Melodic Power Metal , Melodic Heavy Metal
Country : Italy
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 166 mb
TRICK OR TREAT are a crazy bunch of musicians: they are one tight power metal band and they sure deliver the goods on stage, but they also like to share some fun with their audience – that’s why everybody loves them.Formed back in 2002 by lead guitarist Luca Cabri and initially performing as a tribute to Helloween, they quickly got very popular and played the most renown live clubs around Italy: after a couple of intense years on the stage, they recorded the “Like Donald Duck” 4-piece demo and signed a deal with Valery Records for their first full-length, named “Evil Needs Candy Too”, which came out in 2006. The debut got a terrific response and put TRICK OR TREAT back on the road for the following two years, playing over 100 gigs in Europe and U.S.A.Nevertheless, the guys kept writing more songs and in 2009 they gave birth to their second LP, called “Tin Soldiers”, which features Michael Kiske (Helloween, Place Vendôme) on two songs and Michele Luppi (Vision Divine, Killing Touch) on another one: as expected, the record receives a brilliant feedback on the scene (for instance, it breaks on the Japanese charts at the 29th place) and the band plays some top festivals, like the Agglutination, the Palasharp I-Metal Fest and the Italian Gods Of Metal. Last but absolutely not least, TRICK OR TREAT have also been recently selected as opener band for Helloween’s “The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11” together with special guest Stratovarius.In early 2012, Luca Turilli announced that the Trick or Treat’s singer Alessandro Conti is the new lead singer of the band “Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY”. the first album: “Ascending to infinity” is already a hit in metal-charts all over the world.In the 2012, Trick or Treat come back with a new album, a concept inspired by the novel of Richard Adams “Wathersip down”, which features Andre Matos on one track. The album’s called “Rabbits’ Hill pt.1″ TRICK OR TREAT? Make your choice…
There are a lot of what ifs in the annals of German power metal. What if Michael Kiske had stuck with Helloween rather than going into a semi-hiatus for 15 years from Metal? What if “Pink Bubbles Go Ape” had been a more consistent album? What if Edguy still played in the genre that yielded up such undeniable classics as “Theater Of Salvation” and “Mandrake”? What if Ralf Scheepers decided to form a Gamma Ray oriented project rather than the Judas Priest inspired power house that is Primal Fear? The list goes on, all of them centered around the foundation of the late 90s power metal revival in Europe. In essence, all of these hypothetical situations converge in a single band which, as irony would have it, hails from Italy and has thrown off the symphonic clichés of their homeland in favor of a more straight up approach.Fresh off an impressive yet goofy debut in “Evil Needs Candy Too”, Trick Or Treat has upped the ante here with a sizable slab of pure, unfettered catchiness, delivered up at warp speed. All of the triumphant major key choruses, high flying lead breaks, fast paced drumming and soaring falsettos that typified Kiske era Helloween and early Edguy are unapologetically painted on this album’s forehead. Vocalist Alessandro Conti, who does have a heavily similar vocal persona to that of the singers in both aforementioned bands, is joined by the ex-Helloween front man on roughly half the songs on here, marking the latest in a long line of temporary returns to the metal world for power metal’s favorite wayward son. Perhaps it is hoping against hope that Kiske will ever join a band in our beloved genre on a permanent basis, but I’m still not giving it up regardless.Song for song, this is on the simpler side as far as German bands go, though definitely more complex than the earlier speed metal affiliates in Running Wild and Grave Digger. There’s no 13 minute epics in the vain of what Kai Hansen and Michael Weikath used to come up with, though there are occasional instrumental interchanges that come fairly close to Helloween’s early work with Deris. Such blistering speed fests as “Paper Dragon” and “Freedom” showcase a band that knows how to merge the techniques of speed metal with something of a pop/punk feel, while avoiding the overindulgence and videogame gimmicks of Dragonforce. “Rocket To The Sky” takes the same speed approach and mixes in some nifty, outer space keyboard sounds that drift perhaps a tiny bit closer to the famed British Guitar Hero phenomenon, but still stay well within the bounds of tastefulness.Perhaps the only area where the band takes a little bit of a break from owning the now sparely populated field of Helloween revivalism is the album’s lone ballad. In many ways, “Tears Against Your Smile” could be likened to Kiske’s solo music, albeit with implied tendencies towards an orthodox power ballad that is well within the element of a band like this. Conti and Kiske work extremely well in this capacity, as the former’s somewhat lighter and operatic voice provides a subtle yet noticeable contrast to the latter’s signature Geoff Tate tendencies. It’s mostly acoustic and mellow, but it is as catchy as they get and stands out amongst a barrage of high quality, yet highly derivative music.To anyone who has asked any of the questions contained in the beginning remarks here, this is the closest thing that you’ll likely get to answering all of them. It’s probably been said a thousand times before in a thousand different situations, but the truth is, they don’t make them like this anymore. The only thing that really works against this album and makes it slightly less extravagant than most of the bands it’s drawing influences from is the extremely orthodox approach to songwriting. It’s highly entertaining, but it is also very predictable. But like with any other gift, good things are not exclusive to those that come as a complete surprise.
Leone Villani Conti - Bass (2002-present) - See also: Earthcry, ex-Black Fabula, Electric Frankenstein
Guido Benedetti - Guitars (2002-present) - See also: SkeleToon (live), ex-Black Fabula, ex-Electric Frankenstein, ex-Psycubase
Alessandro Conti - Vocals (2002-present) - See also: Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, ex-Empty Tremor, ex-Opera
Luca Cabri - Guitars
Mirko Virdis - Drums
01. A Night in the Toyshop 01:25 instrumental
02. Paper Dragon 04:51
03. Take Your Chance 05:14
04. Freedom 04:46
05. Hello Moon 04:49
06. Elevator to the Sky 04:24
07. Loser Song 04:51
08. Tears Against Your Smile 04:26
09. Final Destination 04:58
10. Tin Soldiers Part I 02:37 instrumental
11. Tin Soldiers Part II 05:30
12. Human Drama 07:20 (Bonus Track)
+ Video "Loser Song" (Official Video)
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