Twenty One Pilots release new album

Brie Coder, Copy Editor

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On Oct. 5, Twenty One Pilots released their highly anticipated fifth studio album “Trench,” after the two man group, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, stepped away from the limelight once their fourth album “Blurryface” debuted in 2015. Fans along with critics were concerned as to what happened to this highly successful duo. After three long years, the two men broke their silence and gave the world the best surprise they could, a new concept album that would knock fan’s socks off. Like the previous albums released by Joseph and Dun, “Trench” is a concept album, that takes listeners on a journey into a fictional city named Dema and the surrounding valley known as Trench. In “Blurryface” we were introduced to a character with the same name as the album. Each song on that record discussed Blurryface’s insecurities. The more we learned about Blurryface and its insecurities, the more information we got about the character. In “Trench,” we finally get to know the real identity of Blurryface, his name is Nicolas Bourbaki. Bourbaki and nine others are bishops who rule over Dema. They control the city through a religion called Vialism. Even though they think everyone is under their religious control, a group called “Banditos” (also a song off the album), have come together to liberate the people of Dema. Joseph and Dun’s idea spawned off the concept of how religion and other ideologies have always put people in fear, especially if they disobeyed these principles. “Trench” focuses on those who decide to break away from those ideas and find their true selves.

This album has broken a lot of barriers, especially with the different sounds they’ve created. In the first song “Jumpsuit,” Joseph’s bass playing sounds identical to what you’d hear off a Pink Floyd album, specifically “Another Brick in the Wall.” The groove is fast paced, and lasts all the way until the 2:30 mark of the song, and then things start to slow down with a lot more keyboard focus in the 2:35-3:30 mark. The lyrics to the song are hypnotizing, “I can’t believe how much I hate, pressures of a new place roll my way… I’ll be right there, but you’ll have to grab my throat and lift me in the air, if you need anyone, I’ll stop my plans, but you’ll have to tie me down and then break both my hands.” The next song that I really enjoyed off this album was “My Blood.” The music video for the song is very easy to understand at first, but very puzzling at the end. It has a disco-instrumentation background to it. “Neon Gravestones” is a slower song with a haunting piano background and rap lyrics to accompany it. This song is about how the media glorifies suicide and how it’s sickening. The last one I’ll talk about is “Chlorine.” The drum tracks on this piece outshine the instrumentation on the song and Joseph’s falsetto leaves someone like me with chills up and down my arms. “Chlorine” is about the cleansing power music has on people and how it can get rid of unwanted things in our lives. This album will change the way you listen to music. It takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and really makes you stop and think about life and how your pursuing it. “Trench” is probably the best album that Twenty One Pilots has created, and the three year wait for it was worth it.

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