Tribryd – Fossilized

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Album Review by Mark Bayross

This self-financed six-track album arrived with a note detailing the near-catastrophe that surrounded its recording (post-production equipment failure, tears and no doubt much swearing) and the lengths the band had to go to rectify the situation (gigging until they had raised enough money to finish the job).

I am pleased to say that the graft has really paid off, as the band show considerable promise. Ally’s Celtic lilt belies her obvious folk roots, but the bedrock of guitar noise that she and her bandmates lay down give them a “Zombie”-period Cranberries feel, especially on the grungy EASY and PLAYBOX.

Their sound won’t float everyone’s boat, but there’s enough inventiveness (insistent Pixies-style guitar on FOSSILIZED GOLD, ear-grabbing fx and bass on SEASONS OF SADNESS) and maturity (AOR-friendly acoustic ballad LIPSTICKED WALLS) to warrant further investigation.

4 stars