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**  The Stream has reached its end, but the entire album can be ordered here.

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Trioscapes consists of Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs, as well as Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums). Initially, the band formed in order to create their own rendition of the Mahavishnu Orchestra classic ‘Celestial Terrestrial Commuters’. However, after a few rehearsals and a single live show, they decided the music was too demanding and fun to perform and that the project should continue. Eventually they had enough material for their first full-length album, Separate Realities, and so they entered the studio during the first week of October with Jamie King in Winston-Salem, NC. Trioscapes combines elements of 70s fusion with progressive rock, dark syncopated grooves, a flare for the psychedelic, and an unabashed love for both quirky Zappa-ish melodies and thunderous abrasive trade-off lines.

For the next two weeks, we have the distinct pleasure of streaming the eleven-minute title track from the album. It’s hard to describe what the band have managed to do with just bass, percussion and saxophone (along with a few random inclusions along the way), but it is definitely as catchy as it is technical. The press release mentions Zappa as an influence and I’m not familiar with most of his work, but I can say that the bass/drum/sax combination definitely reminds me of a few of the instrumental parts on the self-titled Mr. Bungle album (which also mention Zappa as an influence so…) — the off-kilter rhythms, sudden changes in direction and occasional weird melodies also kind of remind me of them, but there’s more to it than that. The best thing to do is to just hit ‘play’ on the audio player above and check it out. The album will be released in North America on May 8th through Metal Blade Records.

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Trioscapes – Separate Realities
Available May 8th though Metal Blade Records
Hear an additional track and Pre-order here: Metal Blade Records





Willie
04.30.12
This whole album turned out to be really good. Check out the song.

Manic_
04.30.12
song was alright about 5 minutes too long, album will be overrated.

Cyan1d3
04.30.12
Yes, this will be extremely overrated. People hear ridiculously excessive technicality and automatically think it translates to good music.

BassDemon333
04.30.12
Briggs is an amazing bassist holy shit his bass lines in this rule

Dashy
04.30.12
Can't wait to see everyone instant 5 this. I have to agree with Cyan on this. Song wasn't necessarily bad, I just don't see myself keeping interest throughout the song let alone the full album.

Athom
04.30.12
this was pretty cool

KotoFtw
04.30.12
This is surprisingly sweet.

theacademy
04.30.12
lol people see between the buried and turn BRIGHT FUCKING RED

theacademy
04.30.12
i dont listen to btbam really at all but they're my favorite band of all time

AlasKenColors
04.30.12
quite interesting, interested to see how the rest of the album turns out.

ILJ
04.30.12
"So yes, I have a right to complain when soulless wank instead of actual music is starting to catch on with tons of bands."

So don't listen to it. Music doesn't always have to be laced with emotion and "soul" to be good. Personally, I find stuff like this, and what you call "soulless wank" to be a fun and entertaining listen. You're entitled to your opinion of course, but there's no need to take a shit on people for it.

Song was awesome.

Kris.
04.30.12
that fucking moustache

theacademy
04.30.12
lol look at that kid's ratings

he 5'd both OK Computer and Powerslave

soulless wank is clearly his joint

theacademy
04.30.12
gahahah and look at how he writes:

"Progression is a peculiar and divisive musical concept. Musicians constantly are attempting to progress their capacity and efforts, while fans have seemingly infinite amounts of debatable opinions on what progression actually denotes."

SpyMan
04.30.12
Song was pretty cool, could have done with a little more dynamic range rather than just CRAZY LOUD SAX BASS AND DRUMS EVERYWHERE

Storm In A Teacup
04.30.12
My favorite part begins around 7:50. Bassist murders.

Xenophanes
04.30.12
what the actual fuck?

Willie
04.30.12
Don't like it?

MO
04.30.12
thought this was a dave grohl side project based on the banner ad

greg84
04.30.12
Jazz fusion track featured on Sputnik! Cool! It sounds like a cross between Mahavishnu Orchestra and Norwegian Shining. Good stuff.

Duderino
04.30.12
drummer totally looks like deaner from fubar in the banner ad

MO
04.30.12
this is pretty sweet too

Willie
04.30.12
I have the promo and I want to review it. I just don't know what the hell to even say. I might make a two-paragraph mini-review just to have something out with the stream.

HSThomas
04.30.12
'CRAZY LOUD SAX BASS AND DRUMS EVERYWHERE'

Well you could always use that for your summary, Willie haha.

Omaha
04.30.12
Fucking awesome track, good eye WIllie. Only thing is I'm not sure how memorable this will be with repeated listens, but regardless it's good stuff.

greg84
04.30.12
I find this kind of stuff relatively easy to review. Prog/jazz fusion always relies on transitions and merging a variety of influences together. So, a lot is happening. This really seems like this kind of album.

RangerTaffles
04.30.12
Think I'm gonna love their allbum

PuddlesPuddles
04.30.12
Be wary of any band naming Zappa as a conscious influence
Song was ok

SiliconFields
04.30.12
It's amusing, BTBAM posted a link on facebook to this, and all the comments are about Sputnik and not the actual song. .

johnnyblaze
04.30.12
dude looks like Deaner from Fubar. m/

Willie
04.30.12
The problem is that a lot of the comments on that BTBAM site are correct. It sucks that the general users have given this site such an elitist reputation (ok, maybe some of the previous staff had something to do with it too). On the other hand, a lot of them were acting just like the people they claim to have a problem with, ha ha.

greg84
04.30.12
Yeah. They seem to be equally immature as some Sputnik users. Pun intended.

Miug
05.01.12
These musicians are incredibly technical musicians, so why are you blokes bashing that? If you want to see Dan Briggs offer restraint in his technicality listen to Orbs. Matt Lynch has work with Eyris and Walter has various jazz groups he plays with. I don't think they have a problem writing non-technical work. In addition, calling this wanking is like calling Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, King Crimson, Hiromi's Sonicbloom, Dave Fiuczynski's work, P.S.P. Trio, and tons of other fantastic groups pure wank. Each band listed, included Trioscapes fuses tons of ideas together within their charts whilst remaining groovy and that is a feat of its own. In addition, this is complex musicianship, i.e. it takes multiple listens for your brain to begin dissecting the sections if you're not familiar with this style.

For me this album will definitely be memorable. If this isn't your bag, you won't get it, but if it is then you're going to dig the shit out of these jams.

Miug
05.01.12
Also, wanking is characterized by shredding without melody. These tunes clearly have melodies, i.e. motifs, written throughout the entire piece.

Another thing to consider, some music is not written with the standard intent. For instance, Bach wrote Toccata and Fugue in D minor to test organs in a hall, yet that tune has a lot of push behind it. John Coltrane also wrote Giant Steps with the intent to push musicianship to the next level and that chart is amazing. He also solos for 4:30 minutes only taking a break for the piano to solo.

Technicality does not always diminish soul. That is like saying Albrecht Durer and Gustave Dore's art lacked emotion because of the heavy use of line work and highly skilled craftsmanship.

Willie
05.01.12
Well said.

Trebor.
05.01.12
I will try it

Irving
05.01.12
Just out of curiosity, how did we get to do such an exclusive stream like this one? Did we have to approach Trioscapes (or their label) or did they ask us if we wanted to host it?

DoubtGin
05.01.12
lol

metalvinny
05.01.12
Hey Irving, Vince from Metal Blade here. I approached sputnik about this premiere. Trioscapes is in an interesting project and it's always a challenge for us to reach outside of our normal metal fan base with records like this one. Sputnik has one of the most active and musically affluent communities on the web. So, I thought this site made perfect sense for Trioscapes! Thanks for taking the time to listen.

Shiduba
05.01.12
I think that was awesome! Definitely will listen to their full album, this kind of stuff always makes for a fun listen.

Josh D.
05.02.12
Pretty fun.

BugZoid
05.02.12
This shit is wild.

Willie
05.02.12
--Just out of curiosity, how did we get to do such an exclusive stream like this one? Did we have to approach Trioscapes (or their label) or did they ask us if we wanted to host it?--

Did you think I just found a leak (or used a promo) and posted a song online? Ha ha, that wouldn't be very good.

Jethro42
05.02.12
Gonna listen to this in few minutes m/

johnnyblaze
05.02.12
"Sputnik has one of the most active and musically affluent communities on the web."

wuddup fb trolls?

Jethro42
05.02.12
Not bad. Strong feeling of a deja-vu though. Sounds too much like Trioxyde omg, an obscure jazz fusion band from Montreal. Nothing new under the sun, isnt it.

bloc
05.02.12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reyZ5DqSyvs

Band owns hard live

Willie
05.02.12
Cool. I was wondering how they pulled this off live.

wacknizzle
05.02.12
That song was really awesome and surprisingly catchy. I don't all the beef for this being technical for the sake of being technical and the music being emotionless.

"People hear ridiculously excessive technicality and automatically think it translates to good music."
- But this is good music, it's unusual how well they pull off the 70's King Crimson prog style especially with such limited instrumentation, but ill have to see how well the rest of the album holds up, it's off to a good start tho.

Willie
05.02.12
--That song was really awesome and surprisingly catchy. I don't all the beef for this being technical for the sake of being technical and the music being emotionless.--

There really isn't a lot of 'beef'. It was one lowly user that thought that his opinion was fact.

Emim
05.02.12
"Sputnik has one of the most active and musically affluent communities on the web."

Awww shucks


Really good stuff. Definitely interested to hear the rest.

Irving
05.03.12
"Hey Irving, Vince from Metal Blade here. I approached sputnik about this premiere. Trioscapes is in an interesting project and it's always a challenge for us to reach outside of our normal metal fan base with records like this one. Sputnik has one of the most active and musically affluent communities on the web. So, I thought this site made perfect sense for Trioscapes! Thanks for taking the time to listen."

That was very clear indeed. Thanks mate! And yes the stream is awesome :)

"Did you think I just found a leak (or used a promo) and posted a song online? Ha ha, that wouldn't be very good."

Well no, I was wondering how we managed to get official access (because it was clear that it was official, being "exclusive" and all) to the track, because this site really REALLY should be doing more stuff like that.

Willie
05.03.12
--Well no, I was wondering how we managed to get official access (because it was clear that it was official, being "exclusive" and all) to the track, because this site really REALLY should be doing more stuff like that. --

We have had a few other exclusives in the past (We've had exclusive streams of the last four Sarah Fimm albums). We should definitely do more, though. It's something I'm working on.

Tyler
05.03.12
It's easier said than done to do stuff like this. Having worked with him in the past, Vince is one of the top notch dudes to deal with in the industry, but they're increasingly few and far between.

Willie
05.03.12
Yeah. He's definitely one of the easier guys to work with.

Motiv3
05.05.12
Missed this, gonna listen now. It will probably rule.

Motiv3
05.05.12
and just as expected. Holy crap that was awesome.

TimeToDie
05.09.12
People will bitch about anything on this website.

Willie
05.09.12
Including people bitching.

SgtPepper
05.14.12
This album has honestly become my favorite release of 2012 so far, it just gets better with each listen.

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