Debut album rocks the mind with hardcore sound
In the world of music, it is remarkable how a group of talented musicians can clash their talents together to become a supergroup and create amazing music. The latest supergroup is Trillionaire, and they have released their debut album Romulus. The music is great because Renee Fontaine graces each track with powerful and harmonic vocals, Phil DuBois (Fuligin, ex-Revocation) lights the atmosphere with steady and rhythmic drum beats, Matt St. Gelais shakes the background with sharp bass guitar riffs (with live bass provided by Greg Meisenerg (Maid Myriad and A Fucking Elephant)) and Andrew LaCour (Inter Arma, ex-Ken Mode), Drew Storks and Kevin Savage electrify the atmosphere with sharp guitar notes that give each track a kick of energy (with Connor Harvey providing live guitar). Romulus is an excellent record from Trillionaire because it shows people who the band is through their music.
Booming “Dead by 25” bleeds hardcore rock. The guitar playing owns the song with surging riffs. At the beginning of the song, the sound of the guitar welcomes listeners with powerful notes that can shake their souls while listening. Throughout the entire composition, the sound of the guitars is harmonic, and the riffs contribute to the lingering emotions that exist on this piece. Also, the guitar solo toward the end of the song is sweet because the sound adds an extra kick of excitement to this tune. “Dead by 25” has classic guitar playing that can cause people to air guitar to the music.
Jamming “Underwater” is the strongest piece on Romulus. The backup vocals bring stronger emotions that help keep the song together. What is enjoyable about this piece is how melodic the backup vocals sound during the chorus, these melodic noises of the background vocals blend in well with the rest of the band because the vocals add more depth by how high the vocal range is. In some ways, the background vocals are the focal point of this tune due to how the sound almost covers Fontaine’s voice while he is singing. “Underwater” has beautiful vocal arrangements that listeners can sing along to.
Rocker “Yes, Mistress” shows how gifted Fontaine is as a vocalist. On this track, he steals the show with his bold and powerful voice, which sounds smooth while singing the lyrics. The best part on this piece is how Fontaine talks out the lyrics in a harmonic way which brings style to this track. “Yes, Mistress” is a well constructed tune that has Fontaine singing his heart out to the music.
Raging “We Are The Devil” is a strong tune by how the thunderous drum beats keep the song together. While listening, it is nice to hear what kind of a drumming style DuBois has because each drum beat amplifies the track with a hard-hitting noise that can shake the veins of those who are listening. “We Are The Devil” has wonderful drum playing from DuBois because each drum beat fills the background with nonstop madness.
The ending song, “Northern Lights,” is a bit different from the rest of the tunes on Romulus because it is being played on a slower tempo. At the beginning of the song, the guitar is played on a lethargic musical structure, and Fontaine’s vocals are sung in a lower range. Although this tune is a quiet one, the best part is found in the middle of the song with how the whole band continues to play on a slower musical structure, but the instrumentation is surging with emphatic, vibrating noise. “Northern Lights” is a great way to end the album because the band signs off in style through the instrumentation and vocals.
Romulus is a great debut record from Trillionaire due to how well the band performs together to create their own style of hardcore rock.