Dischordia
Triptych


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
May 2nd, 2022 | 47 replies


Release Date: 04/29/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hybrid dissonances

Named after The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, Oklahoma City-based trio Dischordia have been quietly evolving their music over the last ten years. The early djent(ish) deathcore formula has gradually morphed into a hybrid output, more progressive and dissonant. A Gorguts-esque approach that has placed the band in more ambitious and creatively fertile territory, suitable for those who aim to push boundaries. Dischordia's third studio album, Triptych, is the culmination of this metamorphosis, and by far their best work to date. The mutation, begun on Thanatopsis and perfected on Binge/Purge, is now complete, and the newborn hybrid creature growls in all its splendor. A thunderous sound that grazes the edges of brutal death metal with challenging tones. As if Luc Lemay teamed up with Meshuggah and Artificial Brain, unleashing an audaciously devastating cacophony. A three-chapter sonic vortex that is as overwhelming as it is engaging and eclectic.

Although the suites are self-contained, according to the band, Triptych presents a progressive narrative that travels from the cosmic to the social and inner consciousness, with the artwork representing 'the great eye' of the observer. A storytelling format enhanced by the various interludes that add further color and contrast to the musical narrative. These pit stops are probably Dischordia's most differentiating element and what sets them apart from the rest of the dissonant pack, along with the subtle BDM layer. The flute section in 'Bodies of Ash' and 'Spirits of Dirt’s' interlude are among the most interesting. In fact, these two tracks, together with the opener, 'Minds of Dust', provide a tremendous kick-start, immediately catapulting the album into sonic stratospheres while simultaneously unveiling the overall look and feel. The cohesion between the nine songs is all too evident, exposing a common Lemay-ish narrative that never strays from the initial script. The constant dynamics that swing between slow-paced and blast beat tempos guarantee an interesting three-dimensionality, without ever diving into truly original waters. 'Purifying Flame' is among the finest examples of this sonic polychromy, featuring not only one of the best riffs on the album but also a contrasting jazzy interlude that mirrors the trio's eclecticism. The lads are clearly at the top of their game and every moment on Triptych is a reflection of that. A synergy complemented by Colin Marston's competent sound engineering that injects some clarity into this restless, multifaceted musical approach.

To witness a collective reaching its creative peak is something truly special. It is not only the culmination of a journey but the ultimate manifestation of the artistic spirit. And while it is unknown whether the trio will outdo themselves again in the future, it is clear that Triptych stands as a milestone in Dischordia's career and a must-listen for those who enjoy sailing through dissonant, troubled waters.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


17841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dissonant squad should dive into this. Good stuff.

Bandcamp stream: http://dischordiaband.bandcamp.com

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Pon
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


5762 Comments


did someone say

dissonances?

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


17841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Take a peek, you might dig it

Pon
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


5762 Comments


Yeah I'm liking this. Kinda reminds me of Coma Cluster Void but better

CottonSalad
May 2nd 2022


2467 Comments


^that's a description I can get behind...

CCV had so much promise haha

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


17424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

From the small amount of time I've been able to give this, it's pretty good.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


9692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Nice sound work.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


17841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are you referring to Colin Marston's mixing & mastering?

CottonSalad
May 2nd 2022


2467 Comments


I have somehow infiltrated the Staff chat - help

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


9692 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

-- Are you referring to Colin Marston's mixing & mastering?



Yeah, I like what I'm hearing and the balance of everything that's heard, pretty close to Colored Sands level.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


17841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He did a good job indeed. Everything sounds balanced, as you say. I particularly love the vocals sound and how they blend with everything else.

Pon
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


5762 Comments


I think Aeviterne still wear the 2k22 dissocrown (for now) but this runs them close tbh

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


17841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Both disso bangers. Let's see what Artificial Brain has to say about that.

Senetrix666
May 2nd 2022


1387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

all bass in death metal should be this loud

CottonSalad
May 2nd 2022


2467 Comments


Let's see what Artificial Brain has to say about that. [2]

WattPheasant
May 2nd 2022


68 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had this album on my radar for a bit now, I just have not had the time to listen to it, and maybe I've been putting it off because of the "brutal death metal" tag. I love Meshuggah but I have not had the best experience with brutal or slam dm.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2022


17841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's just a layer, their style is much broader. And don't worry, you won't find any slam around here.

brainmelter
May 2nd 2022


7899 Comments


dissonant squad checking in

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brainmelter
May 2nd 2022


7899 Comments


ok 4 songs in and this is pre cool

Azog
May 2nd 2022


830 Comments


Brings to mind Encenathrakh, like a lot, which is kinda cool.



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