Written by Music on 29th October 2018
Stars-5 out of 5
It has been a long three years since the band ‘Twenty One Pilots’ last released any new music, aside from their release in honour of the movie ‘Suicide Squad’, where they covered My Chemical Romance’s song ‘Cancer’. Their last album ‘Blurryface’ broke the mainstream barrier for the American duo, being the first record to have each of its songs certified at least Gold.
So, the anticipation for this fourth album was high, and in a biased fans opinion, they definitely did not disappoint! Lyrics wise, the band have stuck to using hidden metaphors and secret meanings in order to portray a story within the music. This story consists of a place called ‘Trench’, a dystopian wasteland set in a city called ‘Dema’. ‘Dema’ has been mentioned before the album was even released, through the hints that band member Joshua Dun dropped at the Alternative Press Music Awards ceremony: “Tyler wishes he could be here, but he’s actually severing ties with Dema”. This led fans to theorise that the band were creating a concept album based on an other-worldly place-Dema.
The coolest thing about this album was the way the genre changed so much throughout, alluding to older fond sounds all fans will know and love, to new fresh music that enticed new listeners. In basic terms, there was something for every type of TOP fan. If you preferred Blurryface era, songs like ‘The Hype’ and ‘Levitate’ will tickle your fancy. If you are more of an old-school fan then ‘My Blood’ and ‘Neon Gravestones’ will be more to your liking.
Overall, Trench has catchy anthems in abundance with the perfect mix of sad, happy and every emotion in between. It is a journey to a fictional place that Tyler and Josh have built for every fan and gives a sense of belonging to each and every one of them.
Written by Abbie Meehan