Twilight
III: Beneath Trident's Tomb


4.0
excellent

Review

by JF Williams USER (14 Reviews)
March 14th, 2014 | 29 replies | 1,678 views


Release Date: 03/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastically idiosyncratic record, and easily the USBM supergroup's strongest release.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

It’s easy to be skeptical of the US black metal super-group Twilight. Perhaps the only one of its kind, this ever-changing collective has included key players from Leviathan, Draugar, Xasthur, Nachtmystium, Krieg, Isis, The Atlas Moth, Minsk, and, as of this year, Sonic Youth. As one might imagine, the results have been polarizing among listeners, and with their third (and final) release III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb, Twilight has elected to go all out with a fantastically idiosyncratic record.

Twilight’s 2005 self titled début was heavily indebted to the insular depressiveness of Malefic and Wrest’s respective black metal projects Xasthur and Leviathan, but by the time 2010’s Monument to Time End came out, Malefic had left the band and fresh blood outside the genre was welcomed in Stavros Giannopoulos of The Atlas Moth and Aaron Turner of Isis. That album necessarily absorbed the progressive sludge of their respective bands, and with their newest album III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb, Twilight has almost completely jettisoned the hazy blackness of its début.

This time around, Turner is absent (along with Blake Judd, who had been present on previous releases) and none other than Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth has joined the fold. As other members have injected Twilight with their unique sonic vocabularies, Sonic Youth’s intrepid noise rock hero casts a looming shadow over III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb. Opener “Lungs” conspicuously starts out with his signature pick-scraping feedback freakout, and those familiar with Sonic Youth’s work will immediately recall songs like “100%” and “Drunken Butterfly” off the Dirty album. But, as you might imagine, the tone is markedly different: this is not the ecstatic revelry in noise that the Youth’s harsher undertakings were. Even Sonic Youth’s more opaque material was as gorgeous as it was subtly sinister, but III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb revels completely in dense disquietude.

In stark contrast to the melancholy of the first two records, III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb is savagely percussive. Wrest’s fantastic drumming is pushed right to the forefront of the mix and sports a clear, muscular timbre; every hit of the snare feels like it might break a bone. It lends impossible heft to the midsection of “Seek No Shelter Fevered Ones”, when its sloggy riffs break down for a moment only to be seized by the throat, carried off by a propulsive kick-snare beat and gutted by an acidic cacophony of guitar noise. Moore’s feedback tantrums are a rancid complement to Giannopoulos’ comparatively straightforward riffs, and the overall interplay between the two axemen is as thrilling as it is confused and disjointed. Weirder still is “Oh Wretched Son”, which seems stuck between queasy, Leviathan-esque miserablism and sludgy rock-out riffs. Nonetheless, the messiness provides a far better environment for N. Imperial’s hoarse snarl than the post-metal melancholy of Monument to Time End.

The more dirge-like “Swarming Funeral Mass” accentuates the industrial edge that permeates the album (especially with the addition of clanking percussion that sounds like it was fished out of a junkyard), even if it’s inflected with a note of sorrow at the halfway point with some dissonant clean guitar as N. Imperial screams over it all with palpable venom. Closing track “Below Lights” rocks a perversely groovy industrial jam ornamented with what I presume to be noisy keyboard effects courtesy of Sanford Parker, leaving the album for dead without much closure or fanfare.

Bizarre and disjointed as III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb may be, the album manages to be far and away the project’s best effort – a cryptic, obtuse journey that is light in sense, heavy on experimentation, and heavier in execution than it has any right to be.

(originally posted on www.angrymetalguy.com)



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2014



15990 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was ok.

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DropdeadWHA
March 14th 2014



545 Comments


Didn't even know they had a new album coming out ha.

Wizard
March 14th 2014



18773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't bother listening to this again. It's like they just pumped this out for the sake of getting it out of the way. They peaked on their sophomore.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2014



17117 Comments


I love the first two. this not so much. i appreciate the godflesh influence on the record but they don't turn it into anything interesting.

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Wizard
March 14th 2014



18773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Exactly!

Relinquished
March 14th 2014



22366 Comments


"It's like they just pumped this out for the sake of getting it out of the way."

well the project is disbanded like right after this was released

Wizard
March 14th 2014



18773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hence why I made that assumption concerning the laziness of the album hahaha

zaruyache
March 14th 2014



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Lungs - Meh on it's own, good as an album intro for atmosphere-making
Oh Wretched Son - The "Oh wretched son" vocals are kind of amateurish, but I think it fits well. Good track.
Swarming Funereal Mass - Sounds like something from the last record. Dig it.
Seek No Shelter Fevered Ones - didn't really do anything interesting, but it was ok. Straightforward faster stuff
A Flood of Eyes - I like blast beats
Below Lights - Only song I didn't like at all. It's like they decided to try to make the most ridiculous pseudo-up-beat track they could.

Also PS is there a better rip of this somewhere? I can't tell if mine is low quality or if the production is supposed to be this, I don't know, thin? What I'm listening to sounds nowhere near as good as 'Monument, recording quality-wise.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2014



15990 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've got a 320 rip and the production isn't that spectacular

Mistico
March 15th 2014



83 Comments


"perversely groovy"

for those two adjectives alone i shall check out this album

zaruyache
March 15th 2014



4813 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I've got a 320 rip and the production isn't that spectacular


Huh. Ok then. It's really weird they'd let it sound so thin, considering a lot of this could've sounded better had it been fuller. Quite a bit of the music sounds like it could've come off 'Monuments, but the thin production makes the whole thing feel less powerful.

Wizard
March 15th 2014



18773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My version sounds super thin and I think it's a 320 which means they were going for a hollow sound on this boring album.

Wizard
March 21st 2014



18773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck, I relistened to this a couple of times and have to rebuttal my own statements. This is my favourite out of the 3. The industrial vibes didn't really hit me until I was in the mood for it.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2014



17117 Comments


TURNCOAT!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2014



15990 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Jesus Karl 2.5 to a 4 wow.

I still think this is bland as fuck.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2014



17339 Comments


always thought this band sucked tbh probably not gonna jam

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Relinquished
March 21st 2014



22366 Comments


haven't checked yet but if Karl likes it then there's a chance I might like, but prob not as much

LordPots
March 22nd 2014



4249 Comments


gonna check this regardless. my black metal tastes are often not very 'sput'

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Wizard
March 23rd 2014



18773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The black metal is so miniscule on here. I would file this under industrial.

Inveigh
March 23rd 2014



24190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listening to this now and the production sounds ok to me. I don't hear it as thin so much as hazy/fuzzy

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