Label: TSM/SLW 2011
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Trouble Tribe Japan boasts a lineup of two great Japanese guitar players that play 7-string guitar and a 6-string bass. Add the American drummer and one stereotypical (would that be drunk/en?) Irish singer into the mix and you'll end up with melodic hardrock from Osaka, Japan. Their new CD, "Supersonic Stare", may impress the newbie metal fan in places and the sheer dedication and quality of riffing is amiramble at times, but the melodies are basically jam-packed with the old cliches, it wouldn't even be funny in a Benny Hill sketch.
The sound is rather weak compared to most products, making the riffing appear muffled and distant. What is oozing out your loud speakers, could easiest be described as yesterdays news. And not the good ones either like, 'The War is over' or 'Bjorn Borg - Wimbledon Champion once again'. Nah, it's more in the vein of 'Lennon Shot' (not to be confused with Lenin) or 'Germany Invades Poland'. Ehem, a tad harsh, but 'TTJ' is just another fine example of great musicians - pretty lousy material.