The Three Tremors – “The Three Tremors” (Steel Cartel)
‘…Three times louder than a sonic boom, three fingers on the hand of doom!..’. F–k yeah, no kidding! That’s exactly what you get here from Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples), Harry ‘The Tyrant’ Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan’s Host, Titan Force), and Sean ‘The Hell Destroyer’ Peck (Cage, Denner / Shermann, Death Dealer) – and not just from one but all simultaneously!!! If air raid crescendo screaming is what you crave then these 3 renowned sonic shockers will give you what you’re looking for in the 12 searing tracks here that unsurprisingly owe inspiration to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden – and all played intensely and at incredible speed I might add. Thanks to an excellent backing band in twin guitarists Dave ‘Conan’ Garcia and Casey ‘The Sentinel’ Trask along with thrash drumming machine Sean Elg, it’s all pulled off masterfully. Even more commendably, the material doesn’t just rely on the obvious power x 3 here, but also quality thanks to the talented composing team of Peck, Garcia and Trask, who include tons of hooks, power melodies and epic grooves to ensure the songs are as catchy as they are rocketing. Produced also by Garcia who’s clearly done a marvellous job here, sparing no expense along with the cover from renowned artist Marc Sasso (Dio, Halford, Adrenaline Mob, Death Dealer, Cage), this self titled debut is no mere ‘project’ but a very high end release up there with all the names these guys are involved in. Indeed, what makes this collaboration truly special is the way The Three Tremors trade off one another superbly and in unison, offering a truly blinding experience and not forgetting the instruments of the band – who actually match them pound for pound. Assaulted almost immediately by a flurry of guitars backed by double bass drumming on ‘Bullets For The Damned’ the screams weave excellently with the twisting guitars although the high chorus, despite being harmonious offers no let up as the vocals just bombard into you one after another like a vocal machine gun! Despite its slow start, ‘King Of The Monsters’ soon ups its tempo with frantic riff galloping accompanied by pummelling drums and crescendo vocals matching the wailing guitars before they in turn fire off their solos as The Three Tremors display their trademark vocal styles to dramatic effect. Hammering in the intensity on ‘The Pit Shows No Mercy’ I have to give credit to the searing twin guitars of Garcia and Trask for their incredible riffs here that just hook you in and keep you there as The Three Tremors go into operatic overdrive as does Elg, who throughout has been in danger of spontaneously combusting ha ha. An incredible release that’s so OTT it’s simply too much!!!