Album Review: Twenty One Pilots’ – “Trench”

Twenty One Pilots, composed of lead singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun is one of the biggest music success stories in the last 10 years. The band is often considered defiantly genre-less, although they’ve always been characterized as an alternative band. Really, their unique blend of rock, rap, pop-punk, hip-hop, electronic music, twee ukulele indie, musical theatre and reggae, attracting a broad base of fans.

Duo conquered the music industry with their 2015 album “Blurryface,” each single song of which become certified either gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA. They became the first artists in history to do so. The band's creativity looks deeply autobiographical, as Tyler Joseph personified his darker thoughts and inner-turmoil in a character he called “Blurryface.” 

After three years of touring, many awards and nominations, TØP recently released “Trench, ” their fifth studio album. This time, the concept album tells the story of a mystical walled city known as Dema. The idea of creating this fictional place was gleaned from the Zoroastrianism religion, where dead bodies were leaved in mountains to be eaten by vultures. According to the author, Dema is run by the group of nine bishops led by Nico who keep its population suppressed. On the other hand, there is an insurrectionary organisation “Bandito”, and a young man named Clancy trying to escape from Dema.

The album consists of fourteen tracks, some of them are tied to one storyline, for example: “Jumpsuit, ” “Levitate, ” “Morph, ” “Nico and The Niners, ” “Bandito, ” “Leave This City.” The rest of the album's songs have little in common with the story of Dema.

As expected, the Duo continues to experiment with different sounds and genres: rock (“Jumpsuit”), hip-hop (“Levitate” and “Neon Gravestones”), funky R&B (“Morph”), indie-pop with falsetto vocals (“My Blood’ and “Smithereens”) and emo-reggae (“Nico and the Niners”). The band’s ability to demonstrate unique versatility and artistry is their true creative power that leaves a lasting impression.
At its core, “Trench” is a concept album full of dark quirky moments, however it sounds fresh and exciting. Overall, “Trench” is the band’s strongest album to date.