Reminding ourselves of the journey from their 2004 emergence to the release of their new album has seen an adventure of sound which has grown, matured and evolved across their trio of albums and two EP’s. Each release has seen Greek outfit Three Way Plane push their boundaries and imagination and Wreckquiem, their new incitement, proved no exception.
The Athens hailing trio forge their sound in a cauldron of post hardcore, alternative and noise rock infused with the belligerence of punk rock. It has made for a compelling mix which as mentioned has brought a diversity and continual growth to a sound which has been potent and bold from release to release. Wreckquiem is the band’s most aggressive and imposing outing yet but equally their most adventurous and experimental. Its exploits were hinted at within last year’s Three Way Demo, the raw and feral aspects of its body taken and now built upon by its larger and bolder successor.
Produced by Nick Chalntoupis with the band’s songwriter/vocalist/guitarist StRts and bassist John, Wreckquiem opens up with Denervation. Its initial psych kissed shimmer is a tantalising lure; a warm welcome though courted by shadows and a darker intimation lying in the breath of bass and drummer Tam’s fertile rhythms. The song continues to court ears and imagination while brewing that darker side until it erupts in a contagious senses trespassing tempest further fuelled by StRts’ just as feral tones. There is a mercurial edge to the track which lets its assault create an ebb and flow in voracity and adds to a simply compelling presence.
The following More? brings its twisting body forward next, riffs and grooves a confrontational incitement crafted in rapacious catchiness, a mix matched within contention loaded vocals. Again there is rawness to the song, indeed album, which provokes the senses and gets under the skin. That corrosive air is tempered by the hook ridden exploits of guitar and the gnarly swing of John’s bass, both aspects given a calmer passage at one point to infest the body before one hellacious closing outburst.
The Latin shuffle of Xepiasakos Goes Cuba instantly had ears and appetite greedy, its initial dance becoming an infernal blaze without losing instinctive catchiness, repeating the cycle with greedier intent while My Perspective snarls and scorches the senses with irritability and sonic causticity. It challenged and sparked attention in equal measure, providing a soundscape and lyrical dispute to fear and embrace before Brave New System instantly enthralled with its rhythmic shuffle and sultry melodic coaxing. Their eager union soon sparks melodic wiring and a vocal questioning; all quickly immersed in sonic flames before the captivating pattern repeats with richer tempting. It is almost visceral in its breath and appetite, a mix of beauty and the aberrant and thickly enjoyable.
Through the punk rock cast, Avant-alternative rock tempered LiDLBoy (Dead Inside) and especially No Place To Hide with its post punk kilned exploits, Wreckquiem sunk further hooks into attention and our instinctive appetite for off-kilter adventure. The second bears many of the features and traits of the band’s earlier work whilst embracing the ferocity and forceful textures of its companions within the release, in doing so emerging our favourite track with ease.
In saying that its successor and album closing Looking FWD, a track also bred with post punk ingredients reminding at times of the likes of Artery and Gang Of Four, equally had us drooling with pleasure; Three Way Plane at their most commanding and compelling within this pair of songs as the album came to a rousing and striking close.
Raucous and clamorous but wired with melodic and sonic hooks that effortlessly got under the skin, Wreckquiem sees Three Way Plane forging a new triumph for their sound and enjoyable challenge for its fans to explore and surely embrace as we readily have.
Wreckquiem is out now; available @ https://threewayplane.bandcamp.com/album/wreckquiem
Pete RingMaster 15/07/2021
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