Review by Monty Sewell for MPM
Can you feel the earth shaking? The ground beneath your sorry shoes giving way to a delicious lick of three tone powerhouse harmonies? If it’s yes, you already know what you’re in for.
If it’s no, then tune in with your finest of ears and step into the world that is ‘The Three Tremors’ second album ‘Guardians of The Void’. The self-proclaimed firepower trio once again rake together their accumulative raspy falsetto to produce another great metal record.
‘Bone Breaker’-the appropriately named opener sets the tone with 6 minutes of haunting vocal menace. Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Harry ‘The Tyrant’ Conklin and Sean ‘The Hell Destroyer’ Peck demonstrate their range with an iron fist. What was previously spoken of as an ‘Urban Legend’ amongst some of metals most acclaimed singers becomes once again a reality.
The album’s title track lies upon a prickly body of double kick drums and impatient riffs. Leaving you hungry for more, the following track ‘Kryptonanian Steel’ gives you just enough time to catch your breath before giving its full fiery deliverance.
Though designed to demonstrate their talents as a group, ‘Guardians Of The Void’ also leaves ample room to showcase their individual strengths.
Accomplished singers on their own (Judas Priest, Jag Panzer, Death Dealer) it’s the tracks on the album such as ‘Crucifer’ and ‘Chained To The Ore’ that release the singers into their own, with lines such as “feel the darkness in your eyes” snarled out with unrestrained might. It’s even more poignant when set up against ‘Frailty’, a nod to the masterfully engineered harmonies which make the project so unique.
Standing as a statement as much as a killer old school Heavy Metal anthem,‘I Can’t Be Stopped’ is most reminiscent of the era from which the singers hailed. Acting as the sledgehammered gut of the album, it is dignified in its madness and overdriven guitar tones.
However, it’s the record’s dive into its second half which leaves the most impact. Ten years since the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden seems appropriate enough to release ‘Operation Neptune’s Spear’.
Named after the real-life US mission itself, it boldly opens with a clip of a news report citing 9/11 as incentive to the soldiers on duty. The song is a passionate, patriotic ode to the fallen and a timely recognition of the recent anniversary.
What follows this rumination is the deep chugging of ‘Catastrophe’ and ‘Wickedness & Sin’, both demanding the listener to dig their fingernails into the air as they claw into the dissonance that creates that dark undertone The Three Tremors so rigorously do.
A cataclysmic ‘The Fall of Rome’ wreaks havoc on the named historic event before ‘War of Nations’ does the same in a much more recent setting.
Whether they’ll each release a solo version of the album as they did with their 2019 debut is not yet known. Irrespective of that, what is now clear is their intention to secure themselves within the scene as a combo not only with great skill but as a defining image of some of metals most celebrated vocalists