Last year saw the first full-length album, “Metaphere” from solo experimental rock/metal act Trillion Red. At the time Patrick had four tracks left over that didn’t quite fit the record and rather than shelve them he has released them on this EP “Echo Road”, subtitled “4 Dark Asymmetries”. This is what he told us at the time:
“These are songs that didn’t fit the flow or sound on Metaphere so I left them off the record. It is consistently much darker and with a deep pitted evil seed in the midst of it all. This isn’t necessarily what TR will sound like in the future, I just wanted to released these so that I could totally start fresh and new for a 2nd record, without any old baggage lying around.”
Your response to “Echo Road” is going to depend on whether you listened to and got into “Metaphere”. That’s the album, not the song of that name which appears on this EP. Confused? Don’t be. It makes perfect sense in a Trillion Red context. Anyway, the EP may sound disjointed and the first three songs incomplete to newcomers. Fans of the album will, on the other hand, find this a great side-note that digs deeper into the darkness and explores elements in more detail.
Opener ‘Metaphere’ is built around a beating heart that comes back to life erratically in the opening bars before settling into a rhythm. It’s an evil heart, a heart that should not be beating, and the inevitable confrontation with good results in a battle royale and screaming that only ends with the death of both forces. Or so it seems. This is like a short story by a writer capable of longer tales and needs to be appreciated for what it does, and does so well.
‘Trillivm Black’ is dirty and violent but not as good as the rest of the tracks in telling a story, while ‘Doptre le Monstre’ is s wonderfully intriguing and quietly menacing track which takes us to the exact half point of the record.
‘Memoirs of the Future’ is far more epic in approach and in reality feels a little like two songs that blend much better than the first three. The dynamics and crescendos are intense and emotional with fierce guitar and drums providing a screaming contrast with the very quiet passages.
As with the album, there are strong industrial metal influences, particularly in the case of the vast subterranean foundry in which the demons watch over lost souls hammering out swords on their anvils, lightning exploding with every stroke. But it’s also the silence that generates tension and fear.
This EP is not intended to be a wholly complete record, but it steel feels cohesive. This may have been largely just therapy for Patrick, but I’m glad he chose to share. They only mystery now is where Trillion Red goes from here.