TRUSTcompany
Dreaming In Black and White


3.5
great

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
March 8th, 2011 | 85 replies | 19,788 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For those who wished Linkin Park, Saliva, et al. had never changed, please welcome back TRUSTcompany.

"We're not interested in making the same album twice." How many times have you heard such a quote from a band member leading up to the release of a new album? It is practically a cliche nowadays, one that - technically speaking - should be a given anyway. Are there, however, instances when such an objective is not only legitimate, but also sensible? Ignoring money-grabbing pop-stars looking for another cash-in, a group polishing up their sound from an under-produced debut could be one occurrence. Another could be that of an outfit who have been broken up (or on hiatus) for a number of years. In such a situation, the band may be required to re-establish their base sound, before being allowed to make any significant progression. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back melodic hard-rockers TRUSTcompany.

Following their gold certified debut LP 'The Lonely Position of Neutral', TRUSTcompany fell victim to the record company machine. Taken off tour to complete their second album, the Alabama-based quartet were rushed into the studio where they would face all kinds of external pressures as to what their music should sound like. The result was 'True Parallels', another solid & consistent effort that simply was nowhere near as memorable as their debut, and not helped by the fact that Geffen Records failed to promote it. Having taken a few years off pursuing other projects (most notably the under-achieving Amity Lane), the nucleus of the band are back together (under independent label E1) to release their third LP 'Dreaming In Black and White'.

When it comes to rock music, we all have our nostalgic favorites. Depending upon which era you grew up in, it could be Bon Jovi, Nirvana, Green Day, The Chilli Peppers or Linkin Park. All are bands we may look back upon with pleasant remembrances of forming our musical taste, almost disregarding their inferior later change in sound. While TRUSTcompany were less successful than any of these artists, they did accomplish a similar effect, at one stage having their songs blasted all over radio, video games, extreme sports broadcasts and pro-wrestling events. Hitting a sweet spot when it came to finding a fan-friendly median of nu-metal, hard-rock & alt-metal, the band consistently delivered engaging quiet/loud dynamics, melodic vocals and infectious choruses. Out front, Kevin Palmer was the make-or-break aspect, his distinctive voice almost contradictory in its angsty harmonies, giving off an over-produced vibe with his sleek over enunciations that would often craft a hook out of a single word!

To be blunt, nothing has considerably changed third time around. The band may be tighter and harder hitting, the lyrics more mature and world-weary, and there is the occasional subtle use of synth, but 'Dreaming In Black and White' is otherwise just another TRUSTcompany album, with the band clearly looking to restore both their sound and fanbase. Opener 'Close Your Eyes ('Til It's Over)' begins excitingly, before showcasing the quiet/loud dynamics which made their debut so tantalizing. The highlights however, are the title track and lead single 'Heart In My Hands', cuts which are quite simply classic TRUSTcompany with their infectious sing-along choruses. Elsewhere, the band are at their best when playing straight-ahead melodic rockers, with the attempts at power ballads ranging from misguided to effective variety. Overall, it is another consistent effort, even if it is one or two tracks overlong, meaning that some songs begin to bleed into each other as the 45 minute duration comes to an end.

'Dreaming In Black and White' is unlikely to change anyone's mind about TRUSTcompany. Whatever you thought of 'True Parallels' is likely to be repeated here. The band will undoubtedly cop some flak for not significantly progressing their sound, thus making the album feel a little dated since hints of nu-metal and traditional hard-rock occasionally surface. However, that would be ignoring the objectives of this LP. In satisfying their fans who had hoped they had never broken up, while looking to earn new followers who have been deprived of accessible melodic hard-rock, 'Dreaming In Black and White' is an album for those who wished Linkin Park, Saliva, et al. had never changed. It arguably challenges the notion of not making the same album twice... And it may not have been possible had TRUSTcompany not disbanded.

Recommended Tracks: Heart In My Hands, Dreaming In Black and White, Skies Will Burn & Almost There.



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pizzamachine
March 8th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid review. I love Earshot's "The Silver Lining" so I guess I'll like this.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks pizzamachine. I've always meant to give Earshot a more detailed listen. These guys don't have quite as much metal or Tool infleunce in them, but are along the same lines.

It's strange... As much as cynics claim TRUSTcompany are derivative & generic, they don't exactly sound like any other band imo (well, musically they do, but not as a complete package). They are basically all those recs I gave rolled into one.

Acanthus
March 8th 2011



9537 Comments


I really enjoyed the last paragraph, going to see what those recommended tracks sound like.

I also enjoy tinges of nu-metal popping up in albums nowadays so I have hopes for this (kinda)

wyankeif1337
March 8th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i completely forgot about this, thanks for the reminder. will be listening to this.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Acanthus. I wasn't sure if that conclusion (or the Summary for that matter) would go over well, so I'm glad it made sense to you.

And yeah, as long as it's not overdone, it is almost something a little (dare I say) "new" if tinges of nu-metal pop up in songs. Let me just clarify that by saying there is no Limp Bizkit or Linkin Park semi-rapping on this album however.

No probs wyankeif. Hope you like it. Put it this way, those that enjoyed their first 2 albums, will not hate this.

Winsomniac
March 8th 2011



7968 Comments


Okay, so I actually bought The Lonely Position of Neutral back when it was new.


It was also like, at least 3 months before I was a Linkin Park fan. Is the lyrical content on this album as stale as the first one? Because if I hear them sing one more damn thing about losing friends and/or 'falling,' I don't know what I'll do.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know what Winsomniac, I was so gonna mention "falling" & "away" in this review, but couldn't really give it a spot other than the "often craft a hook out of a single word" line. Hehe.

And to answer your question; NO. The word "over" makes a few appearances early, but other than that, it's all fine.

Did you at least enjoy 'TLPoN' for that 3 months?


Winsomniac
March 8th 2011



7968 Comments


The album was pretty awesome to my 11-year old ears. The rest of my life, not so much. It was a very
adolescent 3 months, I'm afraid. Other albums I recall purchasing in that general span of time include
Evanescence's debut LP and some random Weird Al one. Other highlights of the year included my first
'crush,' and the horrifying social repercussions of said 'crush' being found out.

mightymax
March 8th 2011



26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album. Good review !

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hehe. And that was the year that was; 2002. Like I said in the review... Nostalgia.

Thanks Mighty Max.

Tyrael
March 8th 2011



20825 Comments


Nice review Davey but Saliva has always sucked...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nooooo. Their early stuff was alright. Everyone got down to 'Click Click Boom' & sang along to 'Always'.

Tyrael
March 8th 2011



20825 Comments


Well I was like 10 years old so I was never hit by the hype.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, you had to be of the right age at the right time to allow nu-metal to take you over in the early noughties.

Tyrael
March 8th 2011



20825 Comments


A lot of my friends were bigs fans of Linkin Park back then, but I never heard of Saliva until last year when I accidentally stumbled upon 'Always'...

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have you heard 'Downfall' from their debut? If not, then here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE_0m5OkyN4

And this is the lead single & best song from this album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poZFDBz32CQ&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL


DurzoBlint
March 8th 2011



1173 Comments


Guess ill check this out seeing as I enjoyed there other 2 albums, good review.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks DB. From DB.

DurzoBlint
March 8th 2011



1173 Comments


Haha took me a second read to understand the "from DB"... im so dim in the morning.

JarethCutestory
March 8th 2011



546 Comments


Maybe I'm not being open minded, but when I see bands like this put out a new album, it makes me feel the same way I would if Kip Winger decided to put out a new album.

OR

If an album is made, and nobody listens to it, was it ever really made?

OR

ya idk l8r sk8rs



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