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TREPHINE is a metal/progressive/experimental band that was formed in Baltimore,Maryland in the United States, in 1998.

They play instrumental-only music. Their brand of metal is quite unique. At times gloomy, at times, brighter, usually very hard but with moments of quietude and elegance.

Their line-up consists of Chuck Collins, who plays all guitars, Brian Daniloski, who handles bass duties, and newly-acquired Dave Batovsky in the drums. It is worth mentioning that Batovsky joined the band as a drummer even though he already was part of the band, as a "trash percussionist". He has incorporated his trash kit into his playing.

In 2005 TREPHINE released their self-titled debut full-length. Since then, the band has been trying to gain a reputation in the metal/prog scene with their very original style.

The press met their debut album with good reviews. Their music has been described as mad, scientific, operatic, noisy, with bits of math rock, post-metal and jazz.

In their MySpace website, the band cites these bands as their influences: Slayer, King Crimson, Melvins, Mr. Bungle, Yes, Voivod, Goblin, Botch, Breadwinner, Happy Family, Barkmarket, Cop Shoot Cop. Also, they mention b-cinema horrormaster George Romero in the list, and it shows as their music sounds, at times, like the soundtrack for a horror movie that you can only see at drive-in thaters, but immediately it changes into a jazzy experiment worthy of a night in a jazz-club.

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Their music is very unique, original and innovative. They combine elements of jazz, metal, math and alternative rock, creating new harmonies and textures that makes them worthy of the approval of the prog-metal team of collaborators in PA.

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3.09 | 4 ratings

Trephine Experimental/Post Metal

Review by burritounit
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3 stars Trephine is a band that mixes elements of math rock, progressive rock/metal and even hardcore tendencies. The album incorporates intensive guitar play as well as drums and an extremely distorted bass. This band unlike other math related bands feature a heavier sound that fits all well into the unique sound of the band.

The album starts of with a strange creepy hollow rhythm that can be related to those found in post metal, all to start a very explosive guitar rhythm which it can be found in most of the other songs of the album. There are many constant rhythm changes all in which you never know if you're in the next song or still in the same song. The constant rhythm and melody keeps you want to listen over and over this album to hear what did your ear missed. Another thing I liked was the start of the Devil's Activist, which starts of with some sort of movie cut that sounds like one of those creepy terror movies of the 60 or 70.

In overall the entire album is good, the sound and music above all have good quality so I can't complain about how the music sounds and if your a fan of instrumental progressive metal with a bit of a twist your going to love this album. A very interesting album.

Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

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