Trials are a band from Chicago, Illinois that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style on this recording that I would describe as being a mixture of death, thrash and melodic metal and this is a review of their self released 2013 album "In The Shadows Of Swords".
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being utilized at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that are coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine modern day technical thrash, death and melodic metal together to create a sound of their own as well as a brief use of soft and clean playing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding extreme metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to add more variety to the recording.
Vocals range from thrash style vocals, deep death metal growls and clean singing, while the lyrics cover dark and everyday themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album along with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Trials nad if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Believers In Black" "With Only Sorrow Now" "Upon This Day" and "Jawbreaker" which is a Judas Priest cover. RECOMMENDED BUY.