TRANCEMISSION – Paranoia
German hard rock/heavy metal band Trancemission has its roots in the 1980’s with Trance, who released widely accepted albums like "Break Out" and "Power Fusion" that sold in the hundreds of thousands. "Paranoia" is the latest studio album, a 14 track effort that is dynamically diverse, running the gamut from almost Sunset Strip hard rock to pure metal and everything in between. The childish rhyme schemes and super basic drumming at times can make certain material a big juvenile – "Make My Day" the biggest offender in this category.
The Oriental nuances for the guitars makes the title track one of my favorites – while "Lone Wolf" with its acoustic guitars has a lot of the Wild West meets folk hard rock feel. Lothar Antoni has a melodic ease about his voice that recalls Ian Anderson, and musically Trancemission attempt to shake things up between commercial hard rock and other sub-genres. Overall though, most of "Paranoia" failed to get me excited, as the songs lack a lot of energy and feel very dated and not in a good way. The boom-chick-boom-boom-chick mechanical feel of the drumming has a lot to do with my disdain.
Might be a situation where the band re-evaluate their stance.