TRIOSCAPES, the new project featuring bassist Dan Briggs (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME), will release its debut album, “Separate Realities”, on May 8 (one day earlier internationally) via Metal Blade Records.

TRIOSCAPES started in the summer of 2011 when bassist Briggs contacted Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute) and Matt Lynch (drums) about working up a rendition of the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA classic “Celestial Terrestrial Commuters”. The group also messed around with a few original ideas with the intent of playing a one-off live show. However, after rehearsing the material and playing the show, the group decided the music was so demanding and fun to perform that there should be more of a future for the project. A few more songs were written near the end of the summer and a full length album was recorded the first week of October with Jamie King in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

TRIOSCAPES combines elements of ’70s fusion with progressive rock, dark syncopated grooves, a flare for the psychedelic, and an unabashed love for both quirky Zappa-ish melodies and thunderous abrasive trade-off lines.

TRIOSCAPES currently has one show confirmed for this May to celebrate the release of the CD on Metal Blade Records. The 12-inch LP is also available via Dan Briggs‘s own Hogweed Fugue Records. Both will be available for purchase at this show. More shows are currently being confirmed.

YES! Weekly, the Greensboro, North Carolina entertainment magazine, just named Briggs the region’s best bassist and TRIOSCAPES the best new band. YES! praises Briggs‘ work: “His marathon bass runs for the progressive death metal quintet [BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME] are well noted, Briggs‘ work with the newly formed TRIOSCAPES to this point is equally impressive. The abrupt time signature changes remain, but his style in the fiery jazz-fusion trio recalls Jonas Hellborg considered cadences in the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA mixed with a little bit of Bill Laswell fuzz bass.”

TRIOSCAPES is also currently working on live dates for June, July and September.

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