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Album Review~ I Prevail’s ‘Trauma’ Reinventing and Raising the Bar!!


Gold-certified Michigan quartet I Prevail not only redefine themselves on their sophomore offering, Trauma [Fearless Records] but they also redefine the genre for tomorrow’s generation. Brian Burkheiser [clean vocals], Eric Vanlerberghe [harsh vocals], Steve Menoian [lead guitar], and Dylan Bowman [rhythm guitar] are flipping the script and recharging the genre in order to usher it forward.

Trauma is uplifting and rocks to a plateau where soundscapes can unpredictably toss and turn between heavy metal, alternative, hip-hop, and electronic moods without any rules and take it to a new level.
Vulnerable, vital, and visceral, the 15-track opus illuminates the future—and it’s as bright and bold as each anthem is.

From the first track “Bow Down” to the last “I Don’t Belong Here” this album is changing the game for the genre and is raising the bar. The other bands better take note..I Prevail is out for blood and are not looking back,…they have the competition on the ground with their foot on their throats with ‘Trauma‘!!! If they dont take notice they will be in “Trauma“!!

The album is laced with clean sharp lyrics to in your face screams that would frighten any normal human being, but at the same time, It flows like a well oiled machine. The songs i would look our for is “Deadweight“, “Hurricane” is a great change of pace in pile of songs that rock your face off. The first single “Breaking Down” emits tense vulnerability on the verses punctuated by creepy vocal transmissions—“Everybody’s out to get you”—before a slick, yet seismic refrain.

Trauma almost didn’t happen…As the band inched towards mainstream ubiquity in the public eye, Brian endured a private hell.
He persevered through a debilitating vocal injury with the potential to end his career. Ashamed and fighting to steadfastly power through, he retreated inward. The singer sequestered himself at home for weeks at a time. The doorbell, phone calls, and texts went unanswered as he confronted every vocalist’s worst fear head-on.

I Prevail has risen above tragedy, expectation, and anything else life can possibly throw at them. With their own sound, style, and statement, these musicians represent the potential of rock music in 2019 and beyond.

About Bryan Joe Corder (2895 Articles)
Concert Photographer at heart, Love listening to music and going to shows to try to capture the magic on the stage with my imagery.I also review albums and live concerts.

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