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Ronnie Atkins: Trinity
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Ronnie Atkins: Trinity

Melodic Metal Rock
4.5/5.0

Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins returns with his third solo. Three albums, three years in a row, this album is aptly titled Trinity. Though I'm not aware of any recent update, Atkins continues to battle stage four lung cancer. Which seems to be no deterrent to his ongoing musical career. As with past solo efforts, he's assisted with songwriting and production by Pretty Maids guitarist Chris Laney. Former Poodles and current Treat player Pontus Egberg is featured on bass.

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Musically, for Atkins, his solo work follows his past efforts and influences from this ongoing tenure with Pretty Maids. The vocalist describes Trinity as heavier "since most of the songs were written on guitar this time." Maybe so. After all, his songwriting partner is a guitarist. But Atkins' musical ear is always attuned to song melody and vocal harmony as hooks to hang arrangements upon.


Which essentially gives listeners Atkins version of melodic metal rock with some definite AOR sensibility. Strong riffs work with the rock groove of the rhythm section while Atkins' raspy voice leads the song melody. Underneath, Laney gives some density to the arrangements with synth embellishment. All things are topped off by fiery guitar solos from Laney and Cyhra guitarist Marcus Sunesson.

Turning to the songs, all these elements are self-evident across Trinity. Notable riff rockers include Paper Tiger, Ode To A Madman, the faster Godless, and the more heavy and steady Raining Fire. That AOR accessibility definitely rises within Trinity and especially If You Can Dream It. The album closes with, essentially, a heavy anthem, moved by Atkins vocals over dense riffs and a sublime piano line.

All in all, with his third solo album, Trinity, we find vocalist Ronnie Atkins in his comfort zone, delivering melodic metal rock wrapped up in AOR accessibility. Definitely recommended.




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The Take Away

With his third solo album, Trinity, we find vocalist Ronnie Atkins in his comfort zone, delivering melodic metal rock wrapped up in AOR accessibility. Definitely recommended.

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