Transcending Obscurity Records does an exceptionally good job spreading the word about its releases to metal fans and the music press. In the case of the new Dischordia album Triptych, for example, four songs have already premiered ai different locations, and the release date is still almost two months away.
Today we’re adding to the word-spreading by presenting a fifth track premiere. There’s still some chance that a few of you haven’t paid attention to the new album, and even for those of you who have, in our humble opinion “Bodies of Ash” is one of the album’s many highlights. So here we are….
As Transcending Obscurity has accurately emblazoned in its PR materials, this Oklahoma City crew’s new full-length is a bone-smashing, mind-boggling hybrid of technical and brutal death metal with a healthy flavoring of dissonance and an impressive degree of adventurousness that matches the virtuosity of the performances.
As you’ll discover from our song premiere (if you haven’t already) the sound quality itself is very interesting. The guitars have a mangling, mauling, and detonating quality that’s dense, heavy, and brutally distorted, and yet the obliterating drums and the mercurial bass come through vividly, as do the bizarre and often unearthly lead-guitar machinations and the wild howling and roaring vocals.
The music is packed with stops and starts, twists and turns, and sudden variations in tempo, and this sonic balance makes it possible to pick out and appreciate even more what’s happening — while still feeling like you’re being scathed and steamrolled into submission.
As is true of other songs on the album, this one also suddenly turns a corner into a very different dimension in which it sounds like a laborer is methodically hammering a single nail with a wrench, and a flute carries a strange but beguiling tune, backed by dreamlike chiming tones.
This interlude may cause you to scratch your head, wondering how and why it fits, but we bet you won’t forget it (and in fact it does enhance the song’s overall mood of otherworldliness).
Triptych features artwork by Gianna Martucci-Fink, and it was mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Replicant), who knows a thing or two about this kind of music.
The album will be released on April 29th and it’s available for pre-order now in different formats, with apparel. Check the links below, and be sure to listen to those four previously released album tracks (we’ve made that easy for you).