TRESPASS – Footprints In The Rock

TRESPASS - Footprints In The Rock
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Mighty Music
Release date: January 12, 2018

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Footprints In The Rock marks the return of NWOBHM legends Trespass.  The band was formed in Sudbury, Suffolk, England in 1979 by brothers Mark Sutcliffe (Guitar, Vocals) and Paul Sutcliffe (Drums).  The current lineup features Mark, Dan Biggin (Bass), Joe Fawcett (Guitar), and Jason Roberts (Drums).  Trespass had a major impact on the NWOBHM scene in the early 80s, and then disappeared, resurfacing again in the early 90s briefly.  Footprints In The Rock very much has that NWOBHM sound.  For fans of the band, and of that era, this will be a very enjoyable listen.  To many, it will sound dated.

The songs are textbook, almost formulaic, relying on stylistic swagger over chops.  Heavy vocal processing, and burying lead guitars in the mix of effects to cover the occasional sour note, are period accurate for this style of music.  “Be Brave”, “Mighty Love”, and “Prometheus” are the strongest tracks on the record.  “The Green Man” can’t help but call to mind “Stonehenge” from the movie This Is Spinal Tap.  If the listener didn’t know this band had achieved legendary status back in the day, the vaguely religious themed lyrics might give the impression that this was a decent Christian Rock bands debut record.  Fans of Trespass and NWOBHM may enjoy Footprints In The Rock.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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