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““Catharsis” works its way around a prog-metal bassline from Dustin and, though Tyrel works in largely the same vocal style, the lyrics (printed on the inside of the vinyl gatefold) give a different take, a severe narrative of betrayal and a murderous chorus of, “You ain’t going home tonight/You’ve seen my face/I’ll see the light drain from your eyes/But you ain’t going home tonight,” blindsiding with its violent intent. By contrast, “Voltaire”‘s lyrics call out the philosopher and question the prospect of modern mortality, but if they’re concerned with death, it’s certainly not death by the speaker’s own hands directed at what seems like an ex-girlfriend. Maybe I’m reading too much into metaphor, but it comes on pretty strong in the song itself, the tapped guitar and basslines building to a head before launching into a riffier closing section after the lyrics, “You’ve made your choice and/Now you’re dead to me.” Fair enough.”

“There is a stark contrast between the A and B sides of The Cosmic Trigger‘s new, self-released 7″, The Cosmic EP. The Fort Worth four-piece’s release, pressed to thick vinyl and arriving in a quality-stock matte-finish gatefold sleeve with righteous vertical cover art by Michael Sturrock, is two songs, “Voltaire” and “Catharsis,” totaling just over 11 minutes, and they vary their sounds widely from one to the next. “Voltaire” owes some of its rocking bounce to Thin Lizzy, the guitars of Spenser Freeman and Tyrel Choat meshing along a running, winding course, while Choat‘s vocals growl out a kind of drawn-back Metallica gruffness in the verse, only to open to a cleaner shout in the chorus, given steady punctuation by drummer Josh Farmer‘s sharp snare and a low-end foundation for the guitars by bassist Dustin Choat. It’s catchy, and the recording — by Wo Fat‘s Kent Stump at Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas — the cosmic trigger the cosmic ep cover clear and cris”

"I'm not going to play Texas country just so I can get our stuff played on The Ranch," he says. "But if you listen to Queens of the Stone Age, you'll get the heaviest song in the world followed by a ballad. That's kind of what we were trying to do." In getting the ball rolling again, it's been a struggle to get the money to get some studio time. The band has been caught up in the catch-22 of needing money to record, but needing a record to make money. "We would try to play festivals in Fort Worth," Choat says. "It's an arts festival, but it's almost like your art isn't welcome there, and it just feels weird. It's an uphill battle, but I know we're going to win out." The EP is serving as the stepping stone for now, and has yielded great reception so far according to Choat. Between now and December, he's tried to book as many shows as possible in the band's hometown of Fort Worth, and has his sights set on Dallas, which has a solid metal community.

"The New Order of the Cosmos" is a searing slab of heaviness that's not afraid to revere it's influences while simultaneously taking those influences and twisting the hell outta them to create something unlike any other band I know. "Pulling the Trigger" sets the lethal tone immediately, with it's gently building twin-guitar intro, swirling into the more spacey atmospherics implied by their name. But about a minute in, that cosmic journey turns vicious, as the thunderous riff of doom crashes down, trailing off into a NWOBHM-inspired harmony guitar meteroic trail. Yes, it's only an introduction --and most of times I hate introductions since they seem filled with pretense. But not here. It truly sets the stage for the ferocious twin-riffing that follows with "Brother of the Sun." Chugging and firing on all cylinders, "Brother" is a masterpiece of revved up classic metal, like Riot leading a ground assault of Thin Lizzy and Dio-era Sabbath. It's all familiar yet totally fresh.

“The Sword broke the barrier. The Austin quartet was one of the first heavy-metal bands to be embraced by the indie-rock community, not only receiving airplay on college radio stations nationwide but getting press, often good press, from publications not known for their kindness toward genre musics (except hip-hop). For whatever reason –– personality? geography? connections? –– the band, capable of holding its own against the genre’s heavyweights, has thrived in both worlds, though mostly in the indie-rock universe. Other bands have tried to follow suit, but none has really been as successful. Enter: The Cosmic Trigger. If there’s one local band capable of pulling off a crossover of Sword-ish proportions, it’s probably this (one)”