Trust's "Marche ou Crève," a 1981 French hard rock album, captured the angst and frustration of a generation disillusioned by social unrest and economic uncertainty. With a raw, powerful sound influenced by British heavy metal, the band tackled social and political issues head-on. Led by charismatic frontman Bernie Bonvoisin, Trust's rebellious spirit and controversial lyrics resonated with French youth, solidifying their place as one of the most influential rock bands of their time.

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Album Description:

In the heart of the early 1980s, amidst a wave of social unrest and economic uncertainty in France, a hard rock band named Trust emerged, their raw energy and rebellious spirit resonating with a generation disillusioned by the status quo. Their 1981 album, "Marche ou Crève" (Walk or Die), became an anthem of defiance, solidifying their place as one of the most influential French rock bands of their time.

Historical Context and Musical Exploration

"Marche ou Crève" was released at a pivotal moment in French history. The country was grappling with high unemployment, social inequalities, and a growing sense of disillusionment with traditional political parties. Trust's music captured the angst and frustration of the era, providing a voice for those who felt marginalized and unheard.

Musically, "Marche ou Crève" was a bold departure from the prevailing trends in French music. Trust embraced a hard rock sound heavily influenced by British heavy metal bands like AC/DC and Motörhead. Their music was characterized by powerful riffs, driving rhythms, and Bernie Bonvoisin's distinctive raspy vocals. The album's lyrics tackled social and political issues head-on, railing against corruption, injustice, and the hypocrisy of the ruling class.

Studio and Band Members

"Marche ou Crève" was recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, a renowned studio known for its work with ABBA and Led Zeppelin. The album was produced by Jacob Hellner, who later went on to work with Rammstein.

The band's lineup for the album consisted of:

Bernie Bonvoisin: Lead vocals

Norbert "Nono" Krief: Guitars

Yves Brusco: Bass

Jean-Emile "Farfadet" Hanela: Drums

Bernie Bonvoisin: The Charismatic Frontman

Bernie Bonvoisin's charismatic stage presence and provocative lyrics made him a controversial figure in French music. He was not afraid to speak his mind, often criticizing authority figures and challenging societal norms. His lyrics were often filled with anger and frustration, but also with a sense of hope and determination.


Trust's music and Bonvoisin's outspokenness often landed them in hot water with the authorities. The band was banned from performing in several cities, and their music was censored on state-owned radio stations. However, the controversies only fueled their popularity, as their rebellious spirit resonated with a generation of young people who were tired of being told what to think and how to act.

Music Genre:

French Heavy Metal 
Album Production information: 

The album: "TRUST Marche ou Creve" was produced by: Tony Platt

Tony Platt is a distinguished British freelance music engineer and producer who has left an indelible mark on the music industry through his prolific work with renowned British bands, most notably Iron Maiden. His illustrious career spans several decades, and his expertise in music production has contributed significantly to the success of numerous artists.

Platt's involvement with Iron Maiden is particularly noteworthy, as he played a pivotal role in shaping the sound of the band during critical periods of their career. Iron Maiden, a pioneering heavy metal band, achieved international acclaim for their distinctive sound and energetic performances. Platt's collaboration with them attests to his proficiency in capturing the raw power and intricacies of their music.


Beyond his work with British acts, Tony Platt also collaborated with the French band Trust, showcasing his versatility and ability to adapt to different musical styles and cultural contexts. Trust, known for their dynamic blend of hard rock and heavy metal, found in Platt a skilled professional capable of translating their artistic vision into a polished and impactful sonic experience.

Platt's career unfolded during a transformative period in the music industry, marked by advancements in recording technology and the emergence of new genres. The 1980s, in particular, witnessed the rise of heavy metal as a dominant force in the global music scene, and Platt's work with Iron Maiden and Trust reflects the vibrancy and diversity of this era.

In terms of production, Tony Platt is recognized for his meticulous attention to detail and commitment to achieving the best possible sound quality. His approach involves a combination of technical precision and artistic sensibility, creating a synergy that elevates the overall listening experience for audiences.

The collaborative nature of Platt's work is emblematic of the interconnectedness of the European music scene during his active years. His contributions to both British and French bands demonstrate the transcendent power of music to bridge cultural and linguistic divides.

Lars Wallander - Sound Engineer

Recorded at Polar Studio, Stockholm, Sweden from 15 July until 25 August 1981

Sound mix at Battery Studios, London from 7 until 21 September 1981

Battery Studios London a recording studio located in London, England. Established in the late 1970s, it has been a popular destination for musicians, producers and engineers seeking a top-notch recording facility. The studio is equipped with state-of-the-art recording gear and technology, and is known for its spacious, acoustically treated rooms, which provide ideal conditions for capturing great-sounding recordings.


Battery Studios has played host to a wide range of musicians and artists over the years, and has been the site of many iconic recordings. From rock and pop to Bhip-hop and electronic music, the studio has seen its share of diverse and talented musicians come through its doors.

The studio is also known for its commitment to quality and its friendly and professional staff, who are dedicated to ensuring that each recording session is a success. Whether you are an up-and-coming artist or an established performer, Battery Studios provides a world-class recording experience, and the chance to capture your music in the best possible light.

Jean-Jacques Gozlan - Album cover concept

Claude Trouche - Cover Illustration

Daniel Decamps - Photography

Record Label Information:

EPIC EPC 85238 

Album Packaging:

This album "TRUST Marche ou Creve" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

Media Format:

33rpm 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram 

Year & Country:

1981 Made in France 
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: TRUST Marche ou Creve
  • Bernie - Vocals
  • Nono - Guitars
  • Vivi - Bass
  • Moho - Guitars
  • Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) - Guitars

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Complete Track-listing of the album "TRUST Marche ou Creve"
    Side One:
  1. Le Grande Illusion
  2. Le Sauvage
  3. Repression
  4. Le Junte
  5. Misere
    Side Two:
  1. Les Brutes
  2. Certitude ... solitude...
  3. Marche ou Creve
  4. Les Templiers
  5. Ton Dernier Acte
High Quality Photo of Album Front Cover  "TRUST Marche ou Creve"
High Quality Photo of Album Front Cover  "TRUST Marche ou Creve"
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Album Back Cover  Photo of "TRUST Marche ou Creve"
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Inner Sleeve   of "TRUST Marche ou Creve" Album
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Close-up Photo of "TRUST Marche ou Creve" 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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