Triatom is a long, involved, and weighty release that spreads out to cover doom, atmospheric, progressive, sludge, and post-metal territories across its playing time of 72 minutes.
The songs have a wealth of styles and influences contained within their lengthy borders, from expansive space rock, to funeral dirges, to progressive explorations, to bleak slowness, and everything in the middle. Each song has its own distinct personality and plays to its strengths for its duration.
I like the diversity on this album, and I like that Endname use this diversity to create absorbing music that takes the listener on an impressive and captivating journey. Rather than incorporating diversity for the sake of it, everything that’s done on Triatom is done for the benefit of the songs, building atmosphere and emotive compositions with apparent ease.
This is an instrumental release, so there are no vocals to distract from the layered and multifaceted music. The tracks do just fine on their own, of course, and the album doesn’t suffer from being instrumental, as some similar albums can.
In addition to the expected instruments, electronic enhancements are used frequently and effectively to add extra flavour and depth to the already substantial music. When combined with the band’s sense of dynamics and knowledgeable use of light and shade, it makes for an engaging and compelling release that has more than enough quality material to keep the listener’s attention throughout.
Very impressive, very satisfying, very good.