Trioscapes - Separate Realities review
|Release date:||May 2012|
01. Blast Off
02. Separate Realities
03. Curse Of The Ninth
05. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters [Mahavishnu Orchestra cover]
06. Gemini's Descent
More jazz metal? Sure, this time with a different twist. The sound itself isn't as particularly "jazzy" as an album like Step In Fluid's One Step Beyond, but rather sounds like some chilled-out instrumental proggy-mathcore album played with bass, drums, a few synths, but mostly the sax.
Here's something that should speak volumes for you; it seems one of the three guys that makes up Trioscapes is none other than Between The Buried And Me bassist Dan Briggs. If that name means nothing to you, pop on a BTBAM song, any song, and you'll note...scratch that, you'll find it impossible to ignore the erratic song structures, sort of a finely controlled chaos type of idea. Take that penchant for unpredictability, scale it back a touch, then remove guitars, vocals and other such shit entirely, using sax & bass as lead instruments. The interesting mix of structural complexity with a stripped-down feel does not go unnoticed, in fact, it's probably one of the more remarkable aspects of Separate Realities.
Quality wise? Well, that all depends. Some moments, it sounds like absolute genius. It's smooth while also being incredibly jagged, soft & abrasive, intricate & stripped down. At it's best, Separate Realities is an incredibly interesting display of conflicting aspects.
At it's worst, Trioscapes play a type of murder-inducing wankfest. It's not uncommon for the complexity that is Separate Realities to turn into an over-busy, mess of an album. Some segments just beg the question; who the fuck aside from the performer would enjoy listening to this? This album is unbelievably polarized it's almost hard to grasp. One moment it's some work of musical genius, the next it sounds like some abysmal creation from the God of Hangovers
For these reasons, it's impossible to gauge Separate Realities by normal standards. When it's good, it's great, when it's bad, turn it the fuck off.
||Written on 05.05.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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