TRUST - L'ELITE S/T SELF-TITLED 12" Vinyl LP Album

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Trust's self-titled 1980 debut, "L'Elite," is a French heavy metal milestone. Born from socio-political turmoil, the album's raw energy and rebellious lyrics resonated with a disillusioned generation. Led by charismatic frontman Bernie Bonvoisin, Trust fused classic metal with a distinctly French sensibility, tackling themes of injustice and corruption. Controversial and uncompromising, the album solidified the band's place in French rock history and captured the essence of a generation's discontent.

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"L'Elite" Album Description:

Released in 1980, the self-titled debut album by the French heavy metal band Trust, often referred to as "L'Elite," is a landmark in the history of French rock music. The album captured the zeitgeist of a generation disillusioned with societal norms and political establishments.

Historical Context and Musical Exploration

Emerging amidst the economic and social turmoil of the late 1970s, Trust's raw, aggressive sound and socially conscious lyrics resonated with a youth grappling with unemployment, political unrest, and a sense of alienation. While drawing inspiration from classic heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Trust infused their music with a distinctly French sensibility, addressing local issues and cultural anxieties.

This unique blend of heavy metal aesthetics and socio-political commentary set Trust apart from their contemporaries. The album's musical landscape is marked by powerful guitar riffs, thunderous drumming, and Bernie Bonvoisin's distinctive, impassioned vocals. The songs are characterized by their raw energy and rebellious spirit, tackling themes of social injustice, political corruption, and the struggles of the working class.

Controversies

Trust's uncompromising lyrics and rebellious attitude did not go unnoticed. The band often found themselves at odds with the authorities, with some of their concerts being cancelled or met with police intervention. The song "Police-Milice" became particularly controversial due to its critical stance towards law enforcement, further solidifying Trust's reputation as a band unafraid to speak their mind.

The Studio and the Band Members

Recorded at the legendary Château d'Hérouville studio, the album benefits from a raw, unpolished production style that complements the band's energetic performance. The studio, known for its association with artists like Elton John and David Bowie, provided Trust with a creative environment to experiment and refine their sound.

Led by the charismatic frontman Bernie Bonvoisin, Trust's lineup on the album includes Norbert Krief (guitar), Yves Brusco (bass), and Kevin Morris (drums). Bonvoisin's fiery vocals and rebellious persona became synonymous with the band's image, while Krief's powerful guitar riffs and Brusco and Morris's rhythmic foundation provided a solid backbone for the music.

Bernie Bonvoisin: The Charismatic Frontman

Bernie Bonvoisin emerged as the face and voice of Trust. His lyrics, often poetic and provocative, resonated with a generation seeking an outlet for their frustrations. His stage presence, marked by intense energy and rebellious charisma, captivated audiences and solidified his status as a rock icon in France. Bonvoisin's influence extended beyond music, as he became a symbol of social and political activism, using his platform to speak out against injustice and inequality.

Music Genre:

French Heavy Metal Hard Rock 
Album 
Production information:
The album: "Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled" was produced by: Herve Muller

Record Label Information:

CBS 83732

Album Packaging:

This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos.

Media Format:

12 " Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 220 gram 

Year & Country:

1979 Made in Holland  
Band Members and Musicians on: Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bernard Bonvoisin
  • Norbert Krieft
  • Raymond Manna
  • Jeannot Hanela
Track Listing of: "Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled"

The Song/tracks on "Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled" are

    Side One:
  • Prefabriques
  • Palace
  • Le Matteur
  • Bosser Huit Heures
  • Comme Une Damne
  • Dialogue de Sourdes
    Side Two:
  • L'Elite
  • Police-Milice
  • H&D
  • Ride On
  • Toujours Pas Une Tune
Album cover photos of : Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled
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Photo of "Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled" Album's Front Cover 
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Photo of "Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled" Album's Inner Cover  
Photo of "Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled" Album's Inner Cover  
Close-up Photo of "Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled" Record Label 
Close-up Photo of "Trust L'Elite S/T Self-titled" Record Label   
Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.
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