Ida Haukland is about a six inches shorter than me. Yet, she will have more muscular arms than I could ever dream of, thanks to all mad bass playing in Triosphere. Seriously, her forearms are actually bigger than the other three blokes in the band. The band’s debut Onwards was a rather aggressive and thrash-based affair, but The Road Less Travelled takes us down a progressive, but no less heavy…road. You could almost say it’s less trave-[Edited by the terrible pun fairies].

As Driven‘s intro sneers through the air before cutting into the idiotically melodic lead part and the strong as stone vocals, it’s clear that Triosphere have taken on board their now veteran levels of experience and dialed back the brutality in place of a some enormous harmony work from Ida on Marionette and the psuedo-ballad Human Condition. Well, it’d be a ballad without the ever rumbling double kick.

As I said earlier, TRLT is a much more melodic record and by the band’s own admission it’s a lot more positive “because things have been so good!”, according to guitarist Marius. This may be in part to the hooks that are spread thick across the album, Watcher‘s chorus of “three sides to every story” is irresistible to sing along to and you’ll soon be nodding your head to the breakdown before air guitaring like a maniac to one of the many technical yet melodic solos. While I’m on that, it reminded of the little things like the artificial harmonic rundown as part of the backing rhythm during the solo that make TRLT a wonderfully interesting record to listen to.

Worlds Apart fights back towards the end of the album with the visceral heaviness that coloured Onwards with it’s intricate drum patterns and unrelenting palm muted riffs. Thrash, prog and power meet perfectly in the finale of an album that is so cohesive it feels like a concept record it’s so well put together.  The powerful vocals of Ida Haukland shine through to the very end with a final anthemic chorus before an outro track and the strangely Baroque Echoes that closes the album on a slightly melancholic but no less accomplished note.

The Road Less Travelled will appeal to anyone who likes their music heavy and has the capacity to enjoy the subtle, yet essential progressive elements that hold the record together sublimely. Queensryche for the 21st Century