The Aftermath Of 2016 by Trish Discord

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“The Aftermath of 2016” is the first full-length feature of Indie rock artist Trish Discord, who gained popularity on YouTube and SoundCloud with her rock versions and covers of other artists from a multitude of genres, from Halsey to Mitski to The Cranberries. Trish Discord has a very distinctive voice and a dark timbre that fits indie rock and dark electronica perfectly, and this album is full of these genres among many other influences. Let’s have a look at what this album has in store for us. 

The first track, “23,” reminds me of Fallen-era Evanescence in almost every aspect. Its beautiful electronic intro followed by the uptempo beat and distorted guitar is really charming and super catchy. A synth sample adds a sort of dissonance effect over the main guitar melodies and fits the eeriness of the track perfectly. 

The second track, “Desire,” begins with a synth intro that makes you think it will be a dark-wave/dark-electronica track, but then the guitar enters with a bang and it’s more prominent than I thought it would be. This track reeks of 90s Angst and Radiohead influence that’s clear as day. I love the range and grit in Trish’s voice so far. A short, powerful guitar solo and a small vocal interlude preceded a heavy outro that makes you want to get up and headbang. This lady has a very powerful and moving songwriting approach that makes you wonder why she isn’t selling out venues and doing huge concerts yet. 

The third track, “Strife,” has soaring vocals followed by a synth-heavy beat and some clean guitars. An effect is used over the catchy chorus vocals, which made the song stick in my head from the first listen. 

The fourth track, “I Can’t-Wait to Forget,” has more natural sounding and pump-y drums that feel very energetic with Trish’s high notes and powerful chest voice. I wish I get the chance to hear this one in concert because I’m sure its fast pace and challenging vocals will give me tons of energy and make me headbang a lot. 

The fifth track, “Take Me Away,” feels more like your typical alternative rock song with a piano and talkbox that reminds you of Bon Jovi, but, of course, Trish’s signature dark atmosphere makes her songs sound even more awesome and more in line with her lyrics. The guitar that plays in the chorus is so pleasant to listen to and you will feel like one listening to this track isn’t enough at all. 

The sixth track, “Split,” begins with stompy drums and more of the dark, weeping vocals that made me wonder how perfect it would be if Trish and Amy Lee collaborated. Around the 2:30 mark, there is a tempo change that’s one of the best I’ve ever heard in a while. It confirms how Trish is a master at emotional delivery with any tempo or key the song is at. Her years of experience shine through on the album. 

The seventh track, “Red Sun,” has more of the dark (and dare I say goth-sounding) synths that will leave you craving for more dark tunes from this multi-talented singer-songwriter that seems to have no boundaries. 

The eighth track, “In Another Life,” feels like it was taken from the soundtrack of a dystopian movie. Every pre-chorus has a very eerie build-up followed by the melancholic and haunting chorus where Trish feels like she’s pouring her heart out and tearing mine to pieces. She wasn’t lying when she promised this album would be personal and heavy. 

The ninth track, “Crashing,” is so far the most upbeat and anthemic offering here. The subject of the lyrics is still dark and personal, of course, like the rest of the album, but the drums and synth are a little brighter than the previous tracks. At the three-minute mark, a creepy vocal line begins, and it’s then followed by the synth leading into silence, in what might be the album’s most creepy moment so far. 

The tenth and final track, “This is The End,” begins with a very pissed-off demeanor, and the vocals and following it are the most harshly distorted guitars we can hear on the album. To say that this track has vocal acrobatics would be an understatement, as Trish’s wailing leads to the fast-paced chorus and verses and repeats multiple times. We hear one last repetition of that wail and then the album ends and I am left in shock that ten tracks have already passed. 

To sum it up, this is a record that’s crushing in terms of both instruments and lyrics. Tha vocal mastery and power speak for themselves and will leave you confused because they are influenced by many people but still distinctive enough to consolidate Trish as the enchanting siren she truly is. I hope to hear more records from her in the future and probably some collaborations too, as this powerful rocker lady delivers all she promises and then some more.

 

Edited by: Viola Karmy

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