Secret Chiefs 3
Traditionalists


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
June 8th, 2009 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another chapter the ever growing post-Bungle library by some of its most consistent writers

Out of the ashes of circus-metal pioneers Mr. Bungle, Trey Spruance took something unique and wonderful, steeped it in a pressure cooker of middle eastern lore and scales, and morphed it into his own entity. Being only one of the dimensions introduced on the Book of Horizons record, this is a welcome explanation of the "Traditionalists" tracks it presented. Heavily Morricone, spaghetti western, and general bombast-influenced, the Secret Chiefs 3 give their interpretation of the cinematic soundtrack genre with an epic theme deconstructed and reanimated over the course of 30 tracks. Don't let the high track count discourage you, this is meant to be a continuous listen, likely only separated out for the sake of listener sanity (or lack thereof). Traditionalists calls life, love, suspense, and chaos to the fore in any given section with dissonant chimes, lush horns and violin, and ominous Italian guitar atmospheres. A very strong (and eccentric) attempt at a soundtrack, the combining factor remains Spruance's trademark 60s rock tendencies and noise experimentation - a boon when implemented properly, these techniques have evolved much from SC3's early Grand Constitution days. Initially immature and largely directionless in their chaotic meanderings, it's very refreshing to see a group grow and come full circle artistically in such grand fashion. Traditionalists is a challenging journey and will not find constant rotation as such - just know that it's a ride well worth the effort.

Here's to further expansion of the Book of Horizons personalities; with five chapters remaining, Secret Chiefs 3 have a bright future ahead of them.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 8th 2009


4951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

amazing live show... go see them on their current American tour yo.

RoshanC
June 8th 2009


219 Comments


The cinematic tracks were the best thing about Book Of Horizons, so i'll probably pick this up. Good short review

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 8th 2009


4951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

if you liked those passages... you'll probably really like this. I was honestly torn between a 4 and 4.5

bastard
June 8th 2009


3435 Comments


dude yes

I will withoiut a doubt check this out, awesome review.

iranscam
June 8th 2009


469 Comments


Book of Horizons is the only thing I've heard by them, but it's good. I should probably get around to listening to this.

lauriej
June 8th 2009


1712 Comments


hey bastard i haven't seen you round recently

good, short but sweet review. i really need an album by SC3.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2009


7026 Comments


Nice soundoff.
But seriously, I like your short reviews but this one was a bit too short...


lauriej
June 8th 2009


1712 Comments


yeah could do with a little more beef but idc

Boognish
June 8th 2009


1003 Comments


Can't wait to hear this, SC3 are great

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 8th 2009


4951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

not much else to say. record is excellent, reasons stated, done deal. check it.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
June 8th 2009


4927 Comments


length is fine, review is good

Altmer
June 9th 2009


5652 Comments


nice soundoff

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 9th 2009


4951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nice soundoff

lobby
June 11th 2009


1251 Comments


your reviews are getting shorter and shorter....

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2009


15743 Comments


soon he'll just be posting ratings and it will have the same effect as posting reviews

lobby
June 11th 2009


1251 Comments


lol

Mendigo
June 12th 2009


2299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice. need to get this for the tracklist alone. and I'd really want to see them, but they're never playing anywhere near me.

RoshanC
June 13th 2009


219 Comments


They finally have a European tour and dont come to the UK. thats more frustrating than them not coming at all.

Mendigo
June 13th 2009


2299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the tour locations seem pretty random anyway. hope they're coming to Austria on the promised Eastern Europe tour.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 13th 2009


4951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

def gonna use this as sampling material in the future... or any sc3 for that matter



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