"This CD is American Goth Rock at it's best!" - Dusk Records
From Meltdown Magazine, Issue #12
Trinity Vol.1 Ė Starvox
This is a pleasant rarity, a compilation that doesn't at any point make me want to skip tracks! This volume of Trinity has a definite deathrock feel to it, and kicks off at breakneck pace with NFD's Darkness Falls Ė thundering goth-rock with a touch of Nephilim to its sound. Things slow down a little after that, but they don't get any less interesting Ė Belisha and Eternia complete the British contribution, while the American contributions range all the way from Bella Morte's energetic goth-rock theme Living Dead to Ghoultown's larger-than-life spaghetti Western Ten Seconds To Blood, then drift off towards Nick Cave territory with Myssouri's Open Road, finishing in weirder places with The Brides and their witty Dial M. Unless you've been actively searching out good new US goth, you're unlikely to own much of this already, and it's quality from startto finish. Recommended. ~James White
From Mick Mercer
Oh yes. You wouldnít really expect anything other than quality considering who is behind this, and you will be pleasantly punched repeatedly by superb tracks once you have it. It isnít all fantastic, but thereís a bright array of stirring encounters to be faced.
NFD are gruff with maggoty vocals and I canít believe the chittering guitar wasnít boosted more because they have a real star in their midst and this could have been verging on classic. Dead As Romance are smokily fey, and a touch old-fashioned, while the genuinely old school The Naked And The Dead haunt their classroom happily, and brusquely. Meticulously twilight deviance from The Empire Hideous is almost soothing, as though they were deviant nephews of Wreckage, and thereís spirited nonsense from Murder At The Registry, and deceptive, quality turmoil from The Sins. We also get two very beautiful tracks, with Eternia at their liveliest, and Myssouri offering highly adventurous lessons in stealth
I would be dishonest if I didnít highlight a few of the weaker tracks. The Deep Eynde appear in fine fettle, but simply donít sound that cool in this company, sadly, but it falls to Bella Morte to have the weakest track of all, where the pace and agile guitar rescue it, as the vocalist simply doesnít project forcefully enough. Compare them to Belisha - they are from similar territory - and you see the same thing. Belisha have a real grand strut, and pure terrorist guitar, but theyíre missing a vocal dictator on the punchy chorus. Him and Mr Bella Morte need some cardio-vascular work which benefits the lungs enormously. It will allow them to keep up and move ahead rather than being submerged inside the noise. If you canít project, you canít compete.
You might think that with Ghoultown weíve reached the dead wood stage - stop it, Iím killing me! - but no, for while this is seriously lightweight, in that the actual strength of the song struggles to come through, there is a wayward charm about them which is distinctive, just as The Brides carry us, kicking and screaming for freedom, over the threshold in their typically, obscenely catchy manner; destination Frivolity. It is a perfect end.
The feeling which comes out of this record, regardless of the minor weaknesses, is character, which is what every band needs, and what most simply donít have. This bunch all possess that elusive characteristic, and youíll surely follow these artists with glee.
A fine record.
Dusk Records News (27/10/02)
Trinity is now available in New Zealand via Dusk Records. To order click here.
This is what the folks at Dusk Records said about the Trinity Box Set:
These compilations have quality stamped all over them and are an easy way for the seasoned or novice Dark End music fan to feel in touch with what is happening out there in the international markets.
From Katz - LA scenters, DJ and music collector:
Thanx for that copy of "Trinity 1" v.a cd. I've spun the hell out of it the past couple days. Totally dug Belisha... made me kinda bummed that I missed out on them [when they were in town]. The boppin track by The Brides cap off the comp real well! A really cheery and upbeat number. All the other tracks are really good. It's nice to hear a super clear version of The Naked and the Dead track. It's so crystal clear and wonderful. Glad they were able to salvage the master tape. At least I still have the original demo... an artifact, if there ever was one.
From Metamorph (UK):
It's impressive. It's been a long time since I heard a goth compilation that didn't make me want to skip every other track.
DJ Xian (LA - Club Noire, Bar Sinister) writes:
Trinity (Vol. 1) - Compilation that Blu sent to me. Features Belisha, The Sins, The Empire Hideous, Bella Morte, Myssouri, The Deep Eynde, Ghoultown, The Brides, and more. EXCELLENT. I'm in love with Myssouri's sinister yet mournful "Open Road," and found Ghoultown's "Ten Seconds To Blood." Great compilation with a variety of gothic rock, deathrock, and strange hybrids.
Greg Fasolino on Trinity:
"Fall of the Evergreen" is most people I've talked to's favorite song on the CD! [It] has such a great forward dynamic...so kinetic. Love the vocals and lead guitar lines. My favorite is Belisha's, followed by "Dial M" (Corey disagrees, but I think it's the catchiest thing he ever wrote), then Bella Morte and Murder at the Registry (love the old new wave stylings). Also love Ghoultown...and Myke's song is BRILLIANT. I had no idea he was such a good singer....I was expecting something either more Misfitsy, or maybe a heavier cheesey thing, more Sistersy. But I loved "Parasite's Bible"--- great dynamics and changes. All in all, we were all so impressed with the overall quality of the bands/songs and especially the mastering. [Belisah] remind me a little of NMA... not a ripoff or anything...a nice unique sound, not overtly goth, or indie. Just sounds like dark, punky classic British rock to me, could slot 'em next to NMA, Lords of New Church, "Strawberries"-era Damned, Godfathers, that sort of thing.