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Trioscapes - Separate Realities
8 May 2012


01. Blast Off
02. Separate Realities
03. Curse Of The Ninth
04. wazzlejazzlebof
05. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters [Mahavishnu Orchestra cover]
06. Gemini's Descent


Produced by Trioscapes + Jamie King.
Recorded in October 2011 at Basement Recording Studios, Winston-Salem, NC.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jamie King.
Drums engineered by Johnny Davis. Recorded at Symmetry Studios, Macon, GA.

Photography and layout by Chuck Johnson.


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
Doc Godin
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Unhealer - 06.05.2012 at 01:48  
I learned about this band last week, I was going to check it out soon. Dan Briggs in a jazz metal band should be a delightful listen.
And there is a lot of sax you say? Give it to me nawh.
Grey Wind - 06.05.2012 at 08:45  
Hmm this sounds intriguing! also happy to see you mentioned Step in Fluid, those guys are great.
Edmund Fogg - 08.05.2012 at 20:25  
Another album to add to my list of albums to check out. Thx for that review
Promonex - 24.05.2012 at 21:30  
Quote:
When it's good, it's great, when it's bad, turn it the fuck off.

Mind pointing out which parts you thought to be bad? I personally thought it's quite enjoyable throughout. I just don't see the metal in this.
BudDa - 27.09.2012 at 11:22  
Written by Unhealer on 06.05.2012 at 01:48

I learned about this band last week, I was going to check it out soon. Dan Briggs in a jazz metal band should be a delightful listen.
And there is a lot of sax you say? Give it to me nawh.


I have just seen this today. I love Dan Briggs. This is definitely one I should pick up.
Thanx for the review Doc
BudDa - 06.11.2012 at 17:02  
Hit or Miss. Still like the album but some songs I just couldn't comprehend. Others like Gemini's Descent and Curse Of The Ninth, I extremely enjoyed.

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