Album Review: Trixter – “Human Era”
New Jersey kids Trixter arrived fashionably late to the 1980s pop-metal prom, too late as it happened. Laying in a wait, a flannel-shirt-wearing grunge lynch mob pebble-dashed the band’s hopes, dreams and ultimately their careers all across the heavy metal parking lot. RIP Trixter, died 1995.
But you can’t keep a good band down, and in 2008 Trixter reformed for a second stab at stardom – presumably having spent the last decade camped at Kurt Cobain’s graveside sharpening pointy sticks (hush now, don’t tell ‘em he was cremated). Human Era (Era/Error…geddit?) is the mildly anticipated follow-up to the band’s comeback LP New Audio Machine.
The material here should find favour with fans of stadium rock standard bearers like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Van Halen, but whether you consider this tribute, or simply blatant theft, is somewhat more ambiguous. Certainly, David Coverdale may wish to consider a call to his lawyer upon hearing Soul Of A Lovin’ Man, and For You (aka, Hot for Teacher) is a straight-forward royalty cheque mailed over to Halen & Hagar.
What can’t be denied, however, is that they do this shtick very well. Midnight In Your Eyes and Every Second Counts could both slot comfortably into a more famous band from New Jersey’s back catalogue, and should you be interested in hearing the finest hair band chorus of the summer, then look no further than the album’s opener, Rockin’ To The Edge Of The Night.
Overall, Human Era is a bit of a mixed bag. Any punts at updating the band’s sound feel token at best, but that’s not to say this is a bad record. Steve Brown’s easy on the ears guitar licks give the record a zest and vitality, and for fans of party-metal anthems this has to be a recommended purchase. Simply put, this is Steel Panther without the dick jokes.