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Judith Fisher
judith fisher
11th May 2011

I'd never heard anything from The Trews before now but with four albums (including two that went gold) and several singles already under their belt, thought it was definitely worth giving these Canadian rockers a spin. And what an incredibly fine album it is too!

From the instant they kick off with the up tempo guitar riffery from irresistably catchy starter 'Misery Loves Company', this album simply bursts out of the speakers with track after track of fabulous uplifting, upbeat rock and I'm caught, hook (and there are many of those), line and sinker.

the trews hope and pain

'One By One' switches into a softer mood, an evocative song about heartbreak and loss that loses no impulsion, melting a touch of tribal drumming with soaring blues guitars, then the intriguingly named 'People Of The Deer' stomps in to full rock 'n' roll regalia, blistering guitar playing and searing harmonies filling up the room.

For those, like me, that haven't heard this band before, The Trews comprise of Canadians Colin MacDonald on lead vocals and guitar, brother John-Angus MacDonald on backing vocals and guitar (with names that would do any Scot proud!), cousin and drummer Sean Dalton and bassist Jack Syperek.

They have honed their music to this point with relentless recording and touring, playing support slots to the likes of The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Guns 'n' Roses, Kiss and Nickelback amongst others and this fact alone should give you some inkling into just how good they really are.

Melding good, honest rock 'n' roll with a hint of Jackson Browne, a touch of the Eels, whisps of the Eagles, wonderful New Orleans blues and an infusion of cool, clear Canadian air, they have come up with a sound unique to them and a true delight to hear.

te trews hope and pain

'Stay With Me' is simply gorgeous, Colin MacDonald putting his heart and soul into his vocals, this soaring emotive track just takes your breath away and they continue on in this fashion through one of their singles from the album, the delightfully rocking title song 'Hope And Ruin'.

'If You Wanna Start Again' rocks sweetly along whilst at times drifting into REM territory, 'The World I Know' picks up the tempo with a bit of a Foo Fighters feel to it then 'Dreaming Man' switches mood again into a bright and breezy little number betrayed by the touch of melancholy in the vocals.

'I'll Find Someone Who Will' and 'Love Is The Real Thing' slip back into more traditional rock mode, 'Burned' is a delightful blend of blues and harmonies and final track 'You Gotta Let Me In' finishes off in fine style with some feather light acoustic guitars, melodies and just the smallest hint of sadness creeping in to some great lyrics.

'Hope And Ruin' is an absolutely fabulous album from The Trews with all the makings of being a classic and if you buy just one album this year, make sure it's this one.


Release date; 30th May



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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