old post on Trial By Jury's excellent 'Ignite' 7". This was Trial By Jury's final release, the 'Fortune Cookie' CD, which was released on Outback Records in 1993, the band folded sometime later that year I believe. Outback Records had released Trial By Jury's 'Alter' 7" the year before, a 7" that already showed signs of Trial By Jury's attempt to incorporate more influences into their music. Like all TBJ records, this is great stuff, although truth be told I play this album the least of all their records. It's hit or miss, and at times it feels like the band wasn't quite sure what direction to go into, because of the at times funk-like bass which doesn't always work all that great, and some ideas that didn't work out too well in my opinion such as a pretty weird, and bad, intro and a pretty useless instrumental tacked onto the end of the last track. There are some great tracks on here such as 'Paper', 'Sirens' and 'Self' but also a couple of tracks that do nothing for me like 'Crest'. Having said that, it's still Trial By Jury, so the good far outweighs the bad for me.
Trial By Jury - Fortune Cookie CD