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‘Trench’ levitates above expectations

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Samantha Simmons with the vinyl of

Jacqueline Sumida

Samantha Simmons with the vinyl of "Trench".

On Oct. 5, Twenty One Pilots released their third studio album “Trench.” More importantly, on Oct. 2, the album was leaked to the masses. The duo of Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph are officially back after a short hiatus with an impressive project that was worth the wait.

The four singles off of “Trench,” “Jumpsuit,” “Morph,” “My Blood,” and “Chlorine” all give off different vibes. “Jumpsuit” kicks off the album with a power rock bass line paired with hard kick drums along even more rhythmic snare and hi-hat. This song resembles a roller coaster rather than just the straight plain and simple track.

“Morph” takes some influence from BTS “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever” which spins it into a more laid back track. Joseph’s rap makes the comparison even more true. They add some xylophone towards the end and it gives more flavor to the straightforward track.

“My Blood” is the lead single and took me by surprise upon first listen. The darker timbre of the background, with distorted bass and snare hits, make Joseph’s vocals even more commanding. The song transcends the certain sad or happy mantra by making the texture diverse with simple, powerful vocals and mixed speed instrumentals.

And to be frank, the singles aren’t even the best part. With 14 songs and the entire album lasting almost an hour, the singles don’t even make up one-third of the track listing. “Trench” has so many amazing non-title tracks that deserve some recognition as well

In my opinion, “Levitate” is one of the best songs off of the album. Starting out with a bumping bass and transitioning into one of the most creative drum beats I’ve ever heard, this song shows the best of Joseph’s vocals. His phrasing gives hints back to hip-hop artist Big Boi’s 2010 LP “Sir Lucious Left Foot,” giving an old-school feel with new age percussion.

“Pet Cheetah” runs along the same lines as “Levitate,” but with a more intense trap feel and more distorted background instrumental. While the beat stays fluent throughout, the vocals really take the wheel and step on the gas. The song overall is the most demanding and deserves all the praise it’s receiving by fans.

On a softer note, “Neon Gravestones” is the sad song everyone needs. With the lyrics, “Promise me this, if I lose to myself, you won’t mourn a day and you move on to someone else,” sang over a mournful piano and fast drums, this is a song that reflects the most terrible of moods.

The last song, “Leave The City,” has similar vibes to “Neon Gravestones” with feelings of mourning and giving up. It soberly wraps up the album in the way “Let It Be” did with Hayley Kiyoko’s “Expectations” earlier this year. The harmonies take the album out in the exact opposite way it roared in.

Twenty One Pilots set out on their Bandito Tour to promote “Trench” on Oct. 16, visiting Chicago the following day on Oct. 17. “Trench” is the perfect mix of both exciting and somber tracks overall, making this one of the most balanced and amazing. With this album, Twenty One Pilots are back and ready to drag you down into the trench with them.

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