Album review: Schammasch - Triangle
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★★★★★ To the casual listener, the third album by Schammasch may seem like an obtuse endeavour. In a world where music fans are accustomed to their albums being just under an hour in length, the Swiss mavens have unleashed a record filled with exactly 100 minutes of harsh black metal over three parts. Before Triangle even commences, it is clear that Schammasch is not your standard, run-of-the-mill black metal band. The quartet’s sheer ambition of releasing a record of this magnitude immediately establishes that this is a group that destroys any and all limitations placed before it. Yet the format is also one that, while admirable, presents its own unique canon of challenges. Schammasch must ensure that their work is all the more unique, diverse and transgressive to prevent listeners from turning away half way through. Luckily, it is a task in which the band undoubtedly succeed; so much so that this article is most likely going to feel more like three individual reviews rather than one cohesive evaluation. The album’s first part – entitled ‘Part I: The Process of Dying’ – is undoubtedly Triangle’s heaviest portion, reminiscent of the Schammasch that presented itself on their two previous releases, 2010’s Sic Lvceat Lvx and 2014’s Contradiction.
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