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'Separate Realities'
(Metal Blade Records)

jools green

Jools Green

trioscapes separate realities

'Separate Realities' is the first of hopefully many releases by Trioscapes, an experimental jazz fusion/progressive rock outfit from Atlanta formed in 2011 and consisting of Dan Briggs on bass (Between The Buried And Me), Walter Fancourt, tenor sax and flute (Casual Curious, Brand New Life) and Matt Lynchon on drums and electronics (Eyris).

Originally intending just to rehearse and perform a reworking of the classic Mahavishnu Orchestra's 'Celestial Terrestrial Commuters' and a few other original pieces for a one off show, but growing into this awesome album.

The album is strongly influenced by the Mahavishnu Orchestra with strong elements of King Crimson and also put me in mind of 'Blackjazz' by Norwegian extreme avant-garde Metal/jazz fusion band Shining. The sound, a blend of freeform jazz mixed with the psychedelic ambience of progressive rock but with a modern aggressive, exciting twist.

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Opening with 'Blastoff', instantly you are hit by the intensity and depth of sound that initiates a sensory overload. An exciting blend of sax, bass and drums with the bass maintaining a sexy groove pretty much throughout the track.

Marathon track of the album at over eleven minutes, 'Separate Realities' is packed with interest from percussion, sax and a few quirky surprises to make you smile. This track naturally segments itself with tempo and direction change.

The bass sets the groove on 'Curse Of The Ninth' and is in places, atmospheric, others psychedelic with chaotic, energetic elements bursting in and out.

A lazy laid back feel from hypnotic drum rhythms and snaking sax begins 'WazzleJazzlebof', then at two thirds of the way through extreme sax squeals break out, the pace picks up with the sound becoming distorted and hypnotic towards the end.

'Celestial Terrestrial Commuters' is twice as long as the original 1973 classic by Mahavishnu Orchestra and sax led rather than guitar led. Having heard both, I like this better. The production is a better quality because it is a modern recording and it has so much more depth and richness to the sound, mainly due to the sax work. The drums and bass, consistently excellent throughout the album, really stand out on this track.

Ending on 'Gemini's Decent', gentle, soothing and ambient with a hypnotic quality, the sound built from exotic percussion layered with electronics and haunting flute, an excellent finale.

This is an excellent album from start to finish. The musicianship is flawless. It's not my usual face ripping selection but it's nice to have a change, particularly one this good and although it may not be face ripping, it is exciting, aggressive and 'out there'.

If you are a fan of King Crimson or the Mahavishnu Orchestra or you just love a bit of mind blowing saxophone you should love this.

Recorded by Jamie King in Winston-Salem, NC, 'Separate Realities' is out now on Metal Blade Records.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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