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Northern New Jersey's Trixter was a poppy hair metal band and yet another casualty of the grunge revolution. Its self-titled 1990 debut album spun off three hits—"Give It to Me Good," "One in a Million," and "Surrender"—before the music world changed overnight. Now, Trixter has recorded its first new album of original material in 20 years. The production has been refined to reflect the drier, tougher textures of modern hard rock, but the songs and performances balance the group's old mix of pop hooks and quick, grinding guitar riffs. The original lineup is back, hooking up with producer Chuck Alkazian (Elton John, Tesla). Some old Jersey mates—Glen Burtnik and Skid Row's Dave "Snake" Sabo and Rachel Bolan—help out with some tunes. Elements of the blues can be heard in the boogie-based numbers "Drag Me Down" and "Dirty Love," while the power ballad "Live for the Day" could've been released in 1990 and been a heavy-rotation MTV staple. Singer Pete Loren is in fine voice and arguably an even better singer now, adding a gritty charm to "Tattoos & Misery" and "Save Your Soul." 

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Worth Your Time -- Great New Stuff

Trixter certainly has their detractors. When they first hit the scene they were young, had long hair and catchy tunes at a time when Grunge was ready to take over the rock scene. The band had some reasonable success, scoring a Gold album, several top songs on Dial MTV and they opened for some of the biggest acts in the business, playing before huge crowds all over the country.

By the time of their second album, there was not really any more room for "hair bands", Grunge was now everywhere and the band wound down their career for a while, really getting a bad wrap for a band that had quite a bit of talent. Steve Brown, the creative force behind Trixter, is an excellent guitarist and songwriter. His musicianship is second to none and he has earned the respect of about every major rock guitarist out there. He even played in a premier Van Halen cover band, playing the role of his hero Eddie Van Halen.

Now comes new Audio Machine. When I first heard about the album, I was unsure of what to expect, would it be a retread of late 80's early 90's hair rock? Has the band grown or changed over the years? When I first listened to Tattoos and Misery, I couldn't believe my ears. The song is catchy, Pete Loran's voice has matured adding a grittiness that sounds great and the song is really, really top notch. It rocks!

The band had some assistance in the song writing department from many famous artists including Glen Burtnick of Styx and members of Skid Row. They also scored a great engineer/producer in Chuck Alkazian (ELTON JOHN, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, TESLA).

All I can say is, everyone deserves a second chance, maybe this band more than most. They were talented guys who just hit it big at the wrong time. New Audio machine is a very worthy comeback effort and worth your time for a listen. Make up your mid after taking a second look

Great Tunes..

I've been looking for something different and I finally found it.. Trixter sounds better then they did 20 years ago...

if your a fan of the 80s hairband scene this is a must have!

i must say after hearing the entire record i am quite impressed. the first single tattoos and misery blew me away. and the rest of the album is great too such as the coolest thing, live for the day,ride and get it on. this album really shows how much talent this band really has. they came out 5 years to late because of the whole grunge thing in the early nineties really killed there chance a world wide success. but this very underated band proves with this album they arent giving up just yet and this album puts bands like bonjovi,poison and cinderella to shame. so go pick this up. you will not be disapointed.


Formed: 1983 in Paramus, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although formed in 1983 in Paramus, NJ, Trixter's big break didn't come until 1989, when the band decamped to Hollywood (the unofficial headquarters of hair metal) to record for MCA Records. The following year saw Trixter touring the country with Stryper and Don Dokken in support of their self-titled debut, which received a significant boost from MTV. Vocalist Peter Loran, guitarist Steve Brown, bassist P.J. Farley, and drummer Mark "Gus" Scott became frequent faces on the music network, where the...
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New Audio Machine, Trixter
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Apr 24, 2012

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