Dischordia – Triptych – Album Review

Artist: Dischordia

Album Title: Triptych

Label: Transcending Obscurity Records

Date of Release: 29 April 2022

Sometime, just sometimes, I will admit to being defeated by an album, or a band. It takes a lot more than it used to, that’s for sure. But it happens occasionally to this day, and will, no doubt, happen again until the day I stop listening to music. Based on the quality of music that has emanated from the Transcending Obscurity stable in the last year or so, I am left with no alternative but to take a listen to everything that they present via their promo platform. The most recent offering is for a band called Dischordia and their third full-length album entitled ‘Triptych’.

Hailing from Oklahoma in the US, Dischordia have been in operation since around 2010 and they are a trio comprised of bassist/vocalist Josh Turner, guitarist Keeno (who also offers additional vocals), and drummer Josh Fallin. It is clear that the trio know what they are trying to achieve and for a band so few in numbers, the sound they make is really quite impressive in itself. Theirs is a heavy, uncompromising, complex, and occasionally avant-garde-sounding affair, meaning that you never quite know what’s going to hit you next. The performances across the three musicians are all very commendable, and it takes great skill to be able to pull off some of the things that they do.

However, with a name like Dischordia, it will come as little surprise to learn that the band have a penchant for making music that’s dissonant and unfriendly, deliberately shunning anything that might be misconstrued as welcoming, friendly, or memorable if I’m honest. I’ve listened intently, even putting on the big headphones in the hope that something will click or at least stick. But I can’t make it happen, as much as I try to force things. At the end of the day, I need something other than complexity and downright nastiness. And, at 56 minutes in duration, there’s simply too much of it.

There will be a lot of you out there who will vehemently disagree whilst challenging my heavy metal credentials in the process. I accept that and I’m wise to it. So, for those of you who want it, I’m happy to help explain why ‘Triptych’ might be a band for you, even if they are not for me.

Well, for starters, the production of this record is very solid, ensuring that every string pluck, every twisted riff, every snare strike, and everything else in between can be heard with sufficient clarity without the sound being sterile. Despite the clarity, particularly noticeable with the fleet-footed bass playing, the music retains some grit and nastiness befitting it. And Josh Turner’s deep guttural growls are just plain nasty in a good way.

Then there’s the complete absence of any niceties like a gentle intro, as the trio immediately launch into their uncomfortable, mind-boggling attack from the first second. As such, ‘Minds Of Dust’ blasts out of nowhere with a savage yet technically adept sonic battery. The bass never stops, whilst the drumming is dextrous and accomplished, equally comfortable with belting out the blasts, or delivering something altogether more nuanced. But at no point in this track is there anything I can latch on to and actually enjoy. I admire what I am listening to, but that’s not enough to lure me back for repeated listens for fun. A vague melody, a moment of stubborn groove…nope, that ain’t happening here, and you have to respect Dischordia for sticking to their guns so intently. The closest we get to any of that is in the closing moments as the pace is deliberately slowed to a crawl.

I will concede to finding some of the more overt experimentation rather intriguing within some of the tracks, especially as I genuinely wasn’t expecting much of it. One such example would be the extremely minimalist mid-section to ‘Bodies Of Ash’ which sees a flute delivering what appears to be a rather whimsical melody over a repetitive couple of muted piano notes. But such is the way in which the two collide alongside a few other vague sounds, there’s nothing harmonious about it. Instead, almost certainly deliberately, the result is unsettling and unnerving, making me fully realise just how unhinged this music truly is.

‘Spirits Of Dirt’ is a similar beast in many respects, abandoning the heaviness early on in favour of a repetitive minimalist soundscape that incorporates numerous gentle sounds but in a way that causes a little more confusion, as well as a strange sense of twisted foreboding – it’s like the sounds that might emanate from the cot mobile of a demented baby in a horror-film. It doesn’t last as long, but it still creates a creepy feel to the song, one that’s explored throughout to a greater or lesser extent.

The flute makes a reappearance within the mammoth eight-minute ‘The Carriage’ which does offer some further respite from the dissonant cacophony that’s the favoured feeding ground of Dischordia. The pace is also a lot slower for large portions of the track, leading to a feeling that I’m being run over, very slowly, by a stinking, dirty steamroller. When all is said and done, it is probably my favourite track on ‘Triptych’, but given my general feelings towards this album, that’s not saying a lot.

However, let’s be clear on this once more – I don’t hate ‘Triptych’, and neither do I think it is a record that contains bad music. It certainly doesn’t, and as I’ve said before, if you’re a fan of deliberately ugly, heavy music, you really must check it out because it’ll probably knock your socks off. For my personal tastes though, I cannot warm to it. Dischordia have created a record in’Triptych’ that’s just a little too avant-garde, and a little too uncomfortably dissonant for me. I’ll leave the rest of you to indulge yourselves, whilst I lay in a darkened room with a cold flannel to bathe my poor head.

The Score of Much Metal: 70%

Check out my other 2022 reviews here:

Dragonbreed – Necrohedron

Audrey Horne – Devil’s Bell

Vanum – Legend

Stone Broken – Revelation

Radiant – Written By Life

Skull Fist – Paid In Full

Hurakan – Via Aeturna

Incandescence – Le Coeur De L’Homme

Imminent Sonic Destruction – The Sun Will Always Set

Monuments – In Stasis

Soledad – XIII

Viande – L’abime dévore les âmes

Credic – Vermillion Oceans

Postcards From New Zealand – Burn, Witch, Burn

Darkher – The Buried Storm

Treat – The Endgame

Bjørn Riis – Everything To Everyone

Destruction – Diabolical

Et Moriemur – Tamashii No Yama

Angel Nation – Antares

Wolf – Shadowland

Denali – Denali EP

Centinex – The Pestilence EP

Meshuggah – Immutable

Chapter Of Hate – Bloodsoaked Decadence EP

Ancient Settlers – Our Last Eclipse

Tranzat – Ouh La La

Playgrounded – The Death Of Death

Father Befouled – Crowned In Veneficum

Abbath – Dread Reaver

PreHistoric Animals – The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter 2)

Kvaen – The Great Below

Michael Romeo – War Of The Worlds, Part 2

Dark Funeral – We Are The Apocalypse

Carmeria – Advenae

Agathodaimon – The Seven

Moonlight Haze – Animus

Hellbore – Panopticon

Konvent – Call Down The Sun

Idol Of Fear – Trespasser

The Midgard Project – The Great Divide

Threads Of Fate – The Cold Embrace Of The Light

Arkaik – Labyrinth Of Hungry Ghosts

New Horizon – Gate Of The Gods

Cailleach Calling – Dreams Of Fragmentation

Tundra – A Darkening Sky

Sylvaine – Nova

Hath – All That Was Promised

Sabaton – The War To End All Wars

Kuolemanlaakso – Kuusumu

Oh Hiroshima – Myriad

Godless Truth – Godless Truth

Shape Of Despair – Return To The Void

Eight Bells – Legacy Of Ruin

Embryonic Devourment – Heresy Of The Highest Order

Serious Black – Vengeance Is Mine

Allegaeon – Damnum

HammerFall – Hammer Of Dawn

Immolation – Acts Of God

Veonity – Elements Of Power

Nightrage – Abyss Rising

Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Star One – Revel In Time

Pure Wrath – Hymn To The Woeful Hearts

Dagoba – By Night

The Last Of Lucy – Moksha

Arð – Take Up My Bones

Embryonic Autopsy – Prophecies Of The Conjoined

The Devils Of Loudun – Escaping Eternity

Cult Of Luna – The Long Road North

WAIT – The End Of Noise

Abysmal Dawn – Nightmare Frontier

Amorphis – Halo

Nordic Giants – Sybiosis

Persefone – Metanoia

Vorga – Striving Toward Oblivion

Mystic Circle – Mystic Circle

Nasson – Scars

Burned In Effigy – Rex Mortem

Silent Skies – Nectar

Celeste – Assassine(s)

Abyssus – Death Revival

SOM – The Shape Of Everything

Ashes Of Ares – Emperors And Fools

Beriedir – AQVA

Lalu – Paint The Sky

Nocturna – Daughters Of The Night

Battle Beast – Circus Of Doom

Lee McKinney – In The Light Of Knowledge

Descent – Order Of Chaos

Aethereus – Leiden

Toundra – Hex

Ilium – Quantum Evolution Event EP

Power Paladin – With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel

Necrophagous – In Chaos Ascend

Infected Rain – Ecdysis

Wilderun – Epigone

You can also check out my other reviews from previous years right here:

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2020 reviews

2019 reviews
2018 reviews
2017 reviews
2016 reviews
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