Trixter - Human Era

Trixter Human Era cover
Human Era
Frontiers Music Srl
Trixter, arrived towards the tail end of the 80s, even though they had been going on since quite early in the decade their debut sold gold but their sophomore failed to match the success as grunge was on the rise at the time so they were dropped by MCA and following an EP they disbanded soon thereafter. They only did reform about a decade later, after the grunge fad had died away, pretty much not showing any significant changes both in their membership and overall direction. It’s still the same party rock/hair metal with sufficient chops and good songwriting that the band has been known for and maybe the guys are a little older but they are none the wiser to go and change something that worked back in the day.
The chemistry is there and that shows amply on a number of songs: Opener “Rockin to the Edge of the Night” is a sleek 80s sounding hard rocker with lots of attitude, while “Crash the Party” is a bit more punk sneering in the style of early Motley and Billy Idol while “For You” has some nice Van Halen like cascades down the fretboard and is full of youthful energy.
“All Night Long” combines the rocking with even more melody that usual ending up quite anthemic as well and there are a bunch of nice slower songs with a splash of grandiosity/pomp/power ballads that work like a charm…
“Every Second Counts”, “Midnight in Your Eyes” and “Soul of a Lovin’ Man” are prime examples of great 80s style songcraft.
If you liked the band back in the day you’re still gonna like em now and if you don’t know them but you like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen etc. you’re still probably gonna want to check them out. “Human Era” is as good a place as any to start.