January 14, 2019 Three Tremors – Three Tremors (Album Review)
As 2019 kicks-off, the new year promises to bring Heavy Metal fans stacks of new music from several veteran acts like Dream Theater and Slipknot. While we love it when our favorite bands release new material, it is always a treat to see fresh faces as a number of new and up-and-coming acts plan to release new music this year as well. That said, one of the year’s most anticipated releases comes from a group of veteran Metal singers who dubbed themselves the Three Tremors. With a little help from the good people at Pledge Music, Three Tremors plan to drop their self-titled debut album on Friday, January 18, 2019.
A new breed, the Three Tremors are a triple threat assault of screaming vocalists who are no strangers to Metal fans. In fact, all three men have been tearing it up while fronting a number of notable bands for decades. First, there is Tim “Ripper” Owens who is widely known for fronting Judas Priest from 1993-2003. As a Metal journeyman, Owens also lent his chilling pipes to Iced Earth when he fronted the band for 2004’s The Glorious Burden. In honor of the late great Ronnie James Dio, Owens is also proud to be a part of the official Dio tribute band Dio Disciples.
Much his equals, Owens is joined by howling Vocalists Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan’s Host, Titan Force) and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann, Death Dealer) – rounding out a merciless trio of cutthroat vocalists. Not to be forgotten, the Three Tremors wouldn’t be complete without the shred of Guitarists Dave Conan Garcia and Casey Trask alongside Bassist Alex Pickard and Drummer Sean Elg. Collectively, the Three Tremors conceived over an hour’s worth of ruthless Heavy Metal speed, showcasing all three screamers on each and every track. Visually, the album artwork for Three Tremors was designed by seasoned Artist Marc Sasso who is known for his work with bands like Halford, Dio, and Adrenaline Mob.
Needless to say, the Three Tremors are extremely proud of this effort and its contribution to the genre as Conklin stated: “This record is a throw-back to the glory days of Heavy Metal. It will make you feel like you are in high school again!” With that in mind, let’s crank the distortion and see what Three Tremors is all about, shall we? As the rattling begins, Three Tremors offers intense moments of both classic and debilitating, raging Metal. Seething, “Bullets For The Damned” sees the Three Tremors rip eardrums apart, “Fly or Die” delivers the fun of an upside-down world, and “Invaders from the Sky” has the warped intensity to blast your face off.
Representing old-school Metal, “Lust of the Blade” embodies a taste of vintage Thrash, “Sonic Suicide” hosts melodic darkness, and “When the Last Scream Fades” ushers in a gloomy and doomed musical texture. Channeling moshers everywhere, “Pit Shows No Mercy” does just that as the rattle of “The Three Tremors” will undoubtedly hail as the band’s namesake anthem (“Face the thunder of three microphones”). Twelve tracks in all, Three Tremors gifts more notable tracks such as “King of the Monsters,” “Speed to Burn,” “The Cause,” and “Wrath of Asgard.”
A Heavy Metal earthquake, Three Tremors will have you trying to catch your breathe and stop your eardrums from bleeding from this uproar of bloodthirsty Metal. Truly birthed to be the Three Tremors, Owens, Conklin, and Peck are unreal and on top of their game debuting as a single voice. Giving credit where it’s due, Trask and Garcia are tremendous axe-men while Pickard and Elg form a lawless rhythm section. To Metal fans, if you are going to pick-up any new album, make Three Tremors your first choice! For these reasons, Cryptic Rock gives Three Tremors 5 out of 5 stars.