Schammasch
Triangle


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (301 Reviews)
May 31st, 2016 | 156 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An isosceles triangle in terms of quality, an equilateral in terms of timing. This will go on to be Schammasch's crowning achievement, but it won't be for everyone.

When a band releases an album trilogy all in one go, they're surely taking a big risk. After all, not only is it a lot to take in at once for the audience, but it also exacerbates the same potential flaws a listener can get from experiencing a double album for the first time. That said, album trilogies often stick to an ambitious concept more coherently than a double album. There tends to be more focus, more challenges but above all a stronger willingness to make the discs/album parts stand out from each other. Such is the case with Schammasch's latest effort, Triangle, which will likely prove to be one of Schammasch's crowning glories.

Triangle is a bit like a stodgy sandwich, with an incredibly delicious filling. The two pieces of bread (in this case, discs one and three) seem too overfilled with the sort of ingredients which make you sick after a mere few seconds, whereas the filling itself is enough to leave you wanting more. Where am I going with this? I'll get straight to the point: Disc two, because of its obviously better quality as a whole, seems to cloud disc one and three a little too well. Disc one revels in its seemingly mesmerizing homage to latter day Melechesh and The Satanist-era Behemoth, and Disc Three is almost completely ambient, so much so that it's hard not to feel like you're forcing yourself to hear the album through to the end. Disc Two however, constantly keeps you in a state of various emotions, at times even driving the weaker listeners to tears because of its consistently raw emotional impact. I'm not saying that The Process of Dying and The Supernatural Clear Light of the Void here don't each have their own moments of excellence-far from it. It's just that Metaflesh seems to stand out so well, that its predecessor and successor are almost eclipsed as a result.

Putting this aside, there's a lot to appreciate with Triangle. The choral chants, the quite inquisitive lyrics, the harmonic clean vocal effects, the frequent bursts in rhythmic tension...all these and more are frankly lovely additions to Schammasch's ever-progressing songwriting and performance ethics. On songs such as "Metanoia" and its frankly flawless successor "Above the Stars of God", Schammasch reach their own creative high by producing a sound which is virtually unmatched by any other band. Lyrically, the band are on point: 'I know these roots are sprawling/For benediction comes through him who is in all/I feel them flowing through my veins/I feel them slowly breaking chains' croons frontman Chris S.R. amidst a barrage of wildly evocative black metal, whereas elsewhere the narrative speech really explodes when the instrumentation is turned down (check "Cathartic Confession" in particular). Musically, Schammasch utilize something of a safe bet in producing repetitive albeit hypnotic build-up moments for longer songs such as "Above the Stars of God" and "Consensus". Alas, this seems to go downhill because of the much weaker moments in "Awakening from the Dream of Life", a not-so-fitting closer to the first disc, and "Satori", which sticks out like a sore thumb amongst its obviously stronger counterparts. As well as this, there are frequent moments in Triangle's 100-minute runtime where you question whether or not an album trilogy was necessary. Why not simply a double album? Why not release each part of the trilogy periods of time apart?

But of course, you can't forget that Schammasch have displayed a deeply emotional and ambitious concept here, and have rightfully taken the time to do so. Whilst Triangle is not without its flaws, it is something which will undoubtedly prove unique to Schammasch's future career. That said, no future ambition will prove more important than this for the band. They have created something which, particularly the band's fan-base, will prove timeless and an incredible starting point for newcomers. Then again, future releases may not be so hard to get into at first.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2016


2641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Took me a good few days to get this written, but I'm glad it's finally here.



c/c welcome as always.

parksungjoon
May 31st 2016


22807 Comments


"Disc one revels in its seemingly mesmerizing homage to latter day Melechesh and The Satanist-era Behemoth"

my mouth just watered

hard mindpos

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parksungjoon
May 31st 2016


22807 Comments


"Disc Two however, constantly keeps you in a state of various emotions, at times even driving the weaker listeners to tears because of its consistently raw emotional impact."

this part feels a little weird but other than that it's as well written as always, linguist.

gotta hear this now

parksungjoon
May 31st 2016


22807 Comments


yeah this is pretty great although i have to say i didn't really see the melechesh comparison at all

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2016


2641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is pretty great although i have to say i didn't really see the melechesh comparison at all



I could only hear the Melechesh influence in the first disc, not anywhere else.

BandNewbac
May 31st 2016


2462 Comments


bloody hell so this is like 3 hours of overproduced black metal?

parksungjoon
May 31st 2016


22807 Comments


it's about 1:40 of which the last 40 or so is mostly ambient.

it's not really overproduced no

BandNewbac
May 31st 2016


2462 Comments


okay thanks, is it worth a full listen?

parksungjoon
May 31st 2016


22807 Comments


idk i kinda liked it but i wasn't fully focused on absorbing it

BandNewbac
May 31st 2016


2462 Comments


putting 40 minutes of ambient at the end of your triple album seems kinda like adding music for the sake of adding music but i'll definitely give it a fair shot

parksungjoon
May 31st 2016


22807 Comments


i can't disagree there

RustCohle
May 31st 2016


361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

that album is a true masterpiece and the ambient stuff on the third cd really fits in well, you need to listen to all 3 cds in a row.

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parksungjoon
May 31st 2016


22807 Comments


i could see this growing on me yea

NLD
May 31st 2016


589 Comments


contradiction was pretty cool, gotta hear this

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2016


11790 Comments


Great review, this seems like it'll either be really awesome or really boring, or both at different times. Lots of material to get through here but I'll give it a crack tomorrow I think, especially given those comparisons and descriptions.

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lardplanet
June 2nd 2016


81 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Missed obvious comparisons to Triptykon. "Satori" and "Awakening From The Dream Of Life" are among-st the best tracks on the album, "Satori's" Gregorian chants are particularly engaging, as they resemble a meditative like resistance to the afflicting cries of existential torment in the background that becomes those that wonder far enough in philosophical analysis to discover a devastating lack of objective purpose in the reality they happen to find themselves in. While i find the quality does drop of a little bit with the ambient tracks, what Schammasch have birthed here is at least a 4. However, good review.

Flugmorph
June 2nd 2016


23415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is so good it was almost a 4.5 for me

friwm
June 3rd 2016


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Missed the point completely by judging the album track by track, CD by CD.

This is one of those albums that you HAVE to analyze the whole picture and understand its progression, if you understand it becomes quite clear why the sonority progression occurs, why it changes so much.



The concept must be understood, as the lyrics, then the songs are a mere detail.



Make no mistake, this is one of the best albums (if not the best so far) released this year. It is complete package, from the artwork, lyrics and music, overflow of quality that you shouldn't miss.

osmark86
June 3rd 2016


10149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

brilliant album indeed. very ambitious, but I really think they pulled it off which is kind of incredible considering how good Contradictions was. this band are on another level imo.

lardplanet
June 3rd 2016


81 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Missed the point completely by judging the album track by track, CD by CD.



This is one of those albums that you HAVE to analyze the whole picture and understand its progression, if you understand it becomes quite clear why the sonority progression occurs, why it changes so much."



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