Sound — 8
The newest full-length release "True Parallels" from Alabama-based quartet Trust Company might hardly be called 'long-awaited,' but for music critics and band's fans it was a good chance to wait and see what Trust's can come with after their successful debute "The Lonely Position Of Neutral." Now we have 41 tracks (I won't told you why that much, huh) to clear up if there are any changes and decide whether it's good or bad. Be sure, this is very solid album, full of pungent guitars and catchy tunes, and brutal at times and this earns a few extra points for the album. Other side is appreciable lack of diversity among the songs -- sometimes it's literally hard to discern one from another. Especially it can be felt in the monotonous sound appearance -- buzzing rhythms parts and slightly discernible lead guitar at the background, though it's rather distinguishing feature of the genre than merely Trust Company. Nevertheless, "True Parallels" has its own attraction. This is a very energetic album, containing both heavy and soft songs. It starts with crashing rhythms of "Stronger" -- the album's current single -- but I don't want to concentrate our attention on it. The following "The War Is Over" in my humble opinion is the outstanding track (that every good album should have). It's a very emotional song with neat arrangement and expressive vocals besides of its superb tunefulness. There are no superiority of any instrument -- all of them are perfectly balanced and each supplements other. Henceforth "True Parallels" becomes more softer and softer, it lose its aggressiveness and thrash sounding -- to the end we have rather smooth, slow-temped, downy at times compositions, sometimes adorn with the gleams of grinding and sharp guitars.
Lyrics — 10
The most notable change of Trust Company might be found in vocal and lyrical sides of their creation. Vocalist Kevin Palmer doesn't scream here as much as he did it on "The Lonely Position Of Neutral" -- his singing became more melodic and not so loud and cutting ear. It proves to be a welcome change because we can estimate Palmer's singing skills at true worth now. As to the lyrics, they are still the same aggressive and straightforward as on Trust Company's debute album. But main point made a step from personal relationships to some social and external life aspects. The fact that vocal parts on "True Parallels" are inseparably tied together with the music accompaniment is its best advantage. Not so many modern acts can boast of the same achievement. Perfect mark for this criterion.
Overall Impression — 8
In conclusion it's necessary to mark the last but not least change -- "True Parallels" features new Trust Company bassist Walker Warren. He's only 19 years old but it seems that he is a great gain for the band. He began his career in the band's line-up while Trust Company had a tour after "The Lonely Position Of Neutral" has been released. As to "True Parallels" itself -- for the listeners who are familiar with band's previous work this album wouldn't be a great discovery, though it wouldn't be disappointment either -- with this album Trust Company keep balance of good changes and bad moves, so it stands on the same point in terms of overall impression. For most part it's played in essentially the same style as their debut with addition of above mentioned overpatchings. It hardly could satisfy true rock/alternative/metal fans, but for the band's suitor's it would be an evidence that Trust Company are still moving forth, improving their skills in every possible way and still playing good, catchy music.