Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Neo-Prog • Netherlands

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Triangle picture
Triangle biography
Formed in 1993 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, still as 'Square The Circle' (changed in 2000) - Suspended in 2004 - Reunited in 2012

Dutch Neo Progsters TRIANGLE were formed as Square The Circle in 1993 in Rotterdam by guitarist Roland van der Stoep and bassist Jan-Willem Verkerk, both coming from the group Barock, and drummer Paul van der Zwaal, who used to play drums with Dune. The group had an intense live activity around the local area, despite failing to stabilize a solid formation. Eventually things would become better by mid-90's, when keyboardist Martijn Paasschens and singer John Baljeu joined the rest. Two demos were recorded under this line-up, before Baljeu decided to quit in 1997, having strong disagreements around the band's musical direction. The remaining four members, now with Paasschens on lead vocals, recorded their debut in 2000. At the time they were suggested to change their name and TRIANGLE came on surface as a solution, while the band's old name became the title of their debut. Encouraged by the positive reviews and the fact their debut was sold-out in limited time the group started working on new material.

Prior to the recordings of the second release, Paul van der Zwaal decided to leave and he was replaced by a former bandmate of Van der Stoep and Verkerk on Barock, drummer Edward Bijnsdorp. The second album ''Retreat'' finally saw the light in 2004 on an independent label. TRIANGLE soon fell on hiatus and just about when everyone has forgotten this excellent band an evening chat between the original members led to their reincarnation in 2012. As for 2013 it is rumored that the band is working on a great comeback, 9 years after their last studio album.

TRIANGLE's sound is a complex Neo/Symphonic Prog along the lines of MARILLION, TWIN AGE, COLLAGE and ABRAXAS. With plenty of shifting moods, twisting guitar runs, atmospheric vocals and deep keyboards, their albums should be of first priority for all lovers of both Neo Prog and Symphonic Rock.

Triangle official website

TRIANGLE MP3, Free Download (music stream)

Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with, learn how to submit new MP3s.

TRIANGLE forum topics / tours, shows & news

TRIANGLE forum topics Create a topic now
TRIANGLE tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "triangle"
Post an entries now

TRIANGLE Videos (YouTube and more)

Showing only random 3 | Show all TRIANGLE videos (1) | Search and add more videos to TRIANGLE


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Golden Triangle - Double Jointer Vinyl LP Alternative Pop Rock NEW+ USD $31.81 Buy It Now
BROOD MA - Daze - Vinyl (LP) USD $27.19 Buy It Now
Acoustic Triangle - Interactions - Acoustic Triangle CD WIVG The Fast Free USD $10.25 Buy It Now
GOLDEN TRIANGLE Double Jointer CD NEW RELEASE 2010 SEALED USA Seller USD $7.99 Buy It Now
MEIKO MIYAZAWA Fur Elise 1983 JAPAN CD black triangle USD $85.00 Buy It Now
BARRY MANILOW - Bermuda Triangle *POSTER SLEEVE* - Ex 7" Single Arista ARIST 406 USD $5.32 Buy It Now
2002 Pissing Razors Live In The Devil's Triangle CD USD $1.49 Buy It Now
Kelley Stoltz - In Triangle Time [New CD] USD $14.92 Buy It Now
Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle (CD Single) RARE USD $1.32 [0 bids]
Kelley Stoltz - In Triangle Time [New CD] USD $14.65 Buy It Now 17s
ILLUSION You Got The Touch/ Get It To Go RARE TRIANGLE PICTURE DISC VINYL USD $25.00 Buy It Now 6m 56s
Tomita, The Bermuda Triangle CORAL COLORED VINYL LP EX 1979 Japanese Synthesizer USD $12.37 Buy It Now 13m 21s
Triangle [Slipcase] * by Schammasch (CD, Apr-2016, 3 Discs, Prosthetic) USD $11.83 Buy It Now 40m 54s
Triangle/Bradley's Barn by The Beau Brummels (CD, May-2016, Real Gone Music) USD $14.56 Buy It Now 41m 18s
Triangle/Greasy Kid Stuff by Janie Grant (Stardust URS 004) VG+ USD $6.00 Buy It Now 41m 46s
Bizarre Love Triangle / I Don't Care USD $10.49 Buy It Now 1h 4m
Triangle by Perfume limited edition from Japan 12tracks CD+6tracks DVD, J-POP USD $20.00 Buy It Now 2h 28m
BERMUDA TRIANGLE: Bermudas 2 LP (private pressing c. '84, cover in shrink) USD $75.00 Buy It Now 2h 37m
Frente - Bizarre Love Triangle (CD Single) USD $3.33 [0 bids]
2h 39m
The Beau Brummels: Triangle/Bradley's Barn CD Rock USD $16.13 Buy It Now 3h 44m
Bye Bye Birdie/Teenage Triangle by James Darren (CD, Mar-2006, Collectables)NEW USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4h 8m
Radio Classics THE SHADOW "Circle of Death" and "The Death Triangle Volume V CD USD $5.27 Buy It Now 4h 24m
Janie Grant "Triangle" & "She's Going Steady With You" 1961 TeenPop NM Condition USD $15.00 Buy It Now 4h 39m
Bermuda Triangle Service, High Swan Dive, Excellent USD $5.00 Buy It Now 5h 31m
London O'Connor O? (CIRCLE TRIANGLE) Debut Album REMASTERED New Sealed Vinyl LP USD $22.99 Buy It Now 5h 34m
5h 53m
Triangle Raw Feed USA Cassette Tape USD $4.99 Buy It Now 6h 3m
ROLLING STONES Rewind JAPAN import 1st Press CD 1984 Black Triangle USD $45.00 Buy It Now 6h 9m
#CD5131is Japan anime Drama CD School Rumble School Triangle USD $0.99 [0 bids]
7h 24m
TRIANGLE: Triangle LP (France) Rock & Pop USD $20.00 Buy It Now 8h 14m
JIM ED BROWN All I Had To Do / Triangle 7" 45 rpm RCA Records 1972 Country USD $2.00 Buy It Now 8h 40m
DOORS Weird Triangle LP Vinyl & Cover VG+ BG 7860 USD $79.99 Buy It Now 8h 53m
Princeton Triangle Jazz Band College Jazz In The... vinyl LP record USA USD $25.32 Buy It Now 9h 11m
PERFUME-TRIANGLE CD NEW USD $36.54 Buy It Now 10h 22m
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN Greatest 2 JAPAN CD CP35-3046 1A1 83 1st issue BLACK TRIANGLE USD $39.99 Buy It Now 11h 19m
PETER GABRIEL Plays Live JAPAN CD 32VD-1046 1A1 TO 1986 1st issue BLACK TRIANGLE USD $29.99 Buy It Now 11h 48m
Frente Lonely / Bizarre Love Triangle Rare Australian 5 Track CD EP Single USD $7.04 Buy It Now 12h 14m
BOB BAILEY Lookin Forward ORIGINAL LP Triangle Records Black Gospel USD $8.00 Buy It Now 12h 31m
DIANA KING - Love Triangle - 1995 US 12" Vinyl - 4 mixes RnB - NMINT - UNPLAYED USD $7.47 Buy It Now 12h 56m
JIMMY CLIFF IN The Harder They Come Reggae movie JAPAN Laserdisc Triangle OBI USD $58.50 Buy It Now 13h 28m
Various Triangle Dub Clash Mega Rare Cd Dub and Jungle from Zip Dog 1996 UK USD $13.90 Buy It Now 16h 28m
Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon 2 Posters 1 Card Harvest Blue Triangle Pressing USD $65.00 Buy It Now 20h 5m
BARRY MANILOW - Bermuda Triangle [Vinyl Single 7 Inch,1980] UK ARIST 406 *VG+ USD $2.65 Buy It Now 20h 30m
Grand Dominion Jazz Band - Come Back Sweet Papa Triangle Jazz Dixieland Canada USD $23.00 Buy It Now 21h 6m
Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon Japan 1st Press CP35-3017 Black Triangle USD $34.21 [3 bids]
21h 54m
THE HALO's - 7" RARE, TRIANGLE CNTR., CONTINENTAL, 1960's, S. AFRICA USD $9.99 Buy It Now 23h 14m
Michael Schenker Group - Rock Will Never Die Japan Black Triangle CD Matrix 2A3 USD $21.99 Buy It Now 1 day
PRESIDENTS: Triangle Of Love / Sweet Magic 45 Soul USD $12.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Lot of 2 RARE cassette tapes HORIZON Futuristic Triangle & Gettin Ready To Win USD $49.99 Buy It Now 1 day
CRO-MAGNON Great Triangle EP 12" Jazzy Sport Records USD $6.99 Buy It Now 1 day
TASH (THA ALKAHOLIKS) - Bermuda Triangle 12" Vinyl 1998 RAP Hip Hop *RARE PROMO* USD $2.99 Buy It Now 1 day
TRIANGLE - SUSANNA NEW CD USD $14.52 Buy It Now 1 day
THE PRESIDENTS "Triangle Of Love (Hey Diddle Diddle)" Sussex 212 USD $4.00 Buy It Now 1 day
FEVER RAY CD Seven IF I HAD A HEART Concrete TRIANGLE Coconut STREETS Grow TIME USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Bassett, Virgina Breeze - Triangle TR-001, 1980 - SEALED USD $2.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Triangle Smile - Pipe Dreams [New CD] USD $8.51 Buy It Now 1 day
BLONDIE Denis / Bermuda Triangle RARE! 1978 Germany Only PS 7" 45 ~ DEBRA HARRY USD $32.06 Buy It Now 1 day
Gennett Rarities 1927-29 Jazz Syd Valentine/Frank Bunch/Triangle Harmony Boys CD USD $6.63 Buy It Now 1 day
1 day
Acoustic Triangle - Interactions [CD] USD $11.97 Buy It Now 1 day
Acoustic Triangle - 3 Dimensions [CD] USD $11.42 Buy It Now 1 day
The Bermuda Triangle - Laminated Gate... Isao Tomita vinyl LP record UK USD $25.32 Buy It Now 1 day
Sink Another Love Triangle vinyl LP album record UK DVL6 DECOY 1990 USD $15.96 Buy It Now 1 day
Eternal Triangle Only In The Night 7" vinyl single record UK SIT30 USD $13.28 Buy It Now 1 day
Alex Machacek - Official Triangle Sessions [New CD] USD $16.62 Buy It Now 1 day
Triangle Kansai TV Hoso Kaikyoku 50 Shunen Japan CD NEW USD $70.00 Buy It Now 1 day
KING CRIMSON In The Wake Of Poseidon JAPAN CD 32VD-1064 1A1 TO w/OBI B.Triangle USD $69.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Clifford Jordan and The Magic Triangle - The Highest Mountain [CD] USD $17.34 Buy It Now 1 day
Alex Machacek - Official Triangle Sessions [New CD] USD $16.61 Buy It Now 1 day
Bermuda Triangle Service - Yoo Hoo [New CD] USD $13.03 Buy It Now 1 day
Bermuda Triangle Service - Yoo Hoo [New CD] USD $13.06 Buy It Now 1 day
SONICS: Evil Eye / Triangle Love 45 (clean VG, sm tol) Vocal Groups USD $12.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Bluesiana Triangle, Bluesiana Triangle, Good USD $8.59 Buy It Now 1 day
Barry Manilow Bermuda Triangle 7" Arista ARIST406 EX 1980 Record has machine cut USD $8.67 Buy It Now 1 day
(FR614) Test Icicles, Circle. Square. Triangle - 2005 DJ CD USD $3.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Darkotic by Devil Triangle Music NEW USD $8.73 Buy It Now 1 day
Bruce Springsteen ?- Lost In The Flood Triangle ?- PYCD 056-2 RARE 2 CD - MINT USD $60.10 Buy It Now 1 day
GARDNER COLE Triangle's LP VINYL German Warner Bros 1988 11 Track USD $4.11 Buy It Now 1 day
GARDNER COLE Triangle's LP VINYL German Warner Bros 1988 11 Track With Inner USD $5.49 Buy It Now 1 day
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle - Song Sheet Poster - Unique Art USD $8.02 Buy It Now 1 day
GARDNER COLE Triangle's LP VINYL US Warner Bros 1988 10 Track But Sleeve Has USD $15.71 Buy It Now 1 day
Love Triangle 1995 by King, Diana USD $5.48 Buy It Now 1 day
Beau Brummels ex original stereo LP Triangle USD $24.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Beau Brummels original ex mono LP Triangle USD $49.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Triangle - Schammasch - CD - New USD $20.07 Buy It Now 1 day
Miya Masaoka: Triangle of Resistance USD $6.54 Buy It Now 1 day
Stanley Jordan - Magic Touch JAPAN 1st CD 1985 CP32-5052 YEN3200 BLACK TRIANGLE USD $24.99 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy TRIANGLE music online Buy TRIANGLE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
TRIANGLE has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

TRIANGLE discography

Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help to complete the discography and add albums

TRIANGLE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.98 | 62 ratings
Square The Circle
3.82 | 21 ratings
3.76 | 17 ratings
Alert & Alive

TRIANGLE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

TRIANGLE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

TRIANGLE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

TRIANGLE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Square The Circle by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 62 ratings

Square The Circle
Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by poito

1 stars This Triangle don't square any circle, sorry. One may well understand why took that long to the band to release the first album. There are no impressive musicians, nor composition, breaking ideas, not even a small surprise. I don't see where the fire is. The music tries to be pretentious, but does not get it. The drums are smashing in front of all instruments and not particularly interesting, the synths, which take most of the compositional effort are flat and dull, and the voice is tasteless. The tracks take forever, you expect something to come and catch you up, but nothing happens. Only the closing track Nature's Window has something. Ha. They chose a good position so you forget the rest. This is not a hidden gem of prog, it is well hidden, and it should stay there. Someone's wasting time writing about this album, don't waste yours.
 Retreat by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 21 ratings

Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by maryes

3 stars The Dutch band TRIANGLE in their second studio albun "Retreat", show a strong influence from the greatest icons from the Neo-prog from the 80's - MARILLION, PALLAS and IQ and inside this proposal, they make a perfect musical work. The 'atmospheric sound" recreate the style from these above mentioned bands . All the tracks are very good and the musicians highly capable. However... in my point of view this capability in recreate close to perfection the music of such bands, cause a lack of creativity and even of a self-identity, the great sin from the album !!! Nevertheless I think which this album deserves figure in my collection, I can't give a superior quotation than 3 stars !!!
 Square The Circle by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 62 ratings

Square The Circle
Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars On their debut album Triangle draw inspiration from giants of neo-prog such as Marillion, IQ and Twelfth Night whilst developing their own distinctive style. In general, their extended and epic songs work around contrasting bombastic instrumental workouts reminiscent of IQ or early Marillion and darker, more subdued bass-driven portions that remind me a lot of the better works of Twelfth Night. (Martijn Paasschens, in his vocal delivery, at points reminds me of a somewhat more Gothic version of Geoff Mann). On the whole, this debut album is a remarkably confident piece which manages to simultaneously revive the early 1980s approach to neo-prog whilst at the same time offering enough of a new spin on the idea to give it an appeal beyond mere nostalgia.
 Retreat by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.82 | 21 ratings

Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This second album by Triangle proves that they are still an excellent neo-prog powerhouse as the compositions presented are all of them excellent. Not only the musical compositions, the sound production of the CD is top notch. I think this has been the strength of the band as their debut album was also great in terms of sonic production. I would suggest you turn your power amplifier volume high when you paly this CD; and .. you will be astonished by the time the opening track produces sounds through drums as well as other instruments.

The opening track "The Summer Died" (6:29) is very neo-prog in nature as the way the music is composed not far different with those coming from Pallas, IQ and the like. I was quite a bit disappointed actually with the vocal quality that does not seem to match with the music because he sings in relatively low register notes. If I compare this with Peter Nichols of IQ or Alan Reed of Pallas the timbre is totally different. But it's OK as long as the music flows beautifully. "This Day" (8:15) runs in similar style with previous track using stunning guitar solo and tight basslines throughout the song. "Goodbye" (4:26) reminds me to IQ music especially on the opening part.

"This Vacuum Inside" (8:26) starts nicely in an ambient mode using keyboard that sounds like a vibraphone accentuated by tight bass lines. Guitar in Floydian style enters the scene providing long solo in the background (seems like being mixed that way). The drums enter the music in an excellent way and brings the music in a nice way. Vocal only enters the music in the middle of the song. This is an excellent composition. "We Will Wait" (5:59) demonstrates good bass playing and stunning guitar solo. Again the sonic quality has helped the music easier to enjoy. "Retreat Part 1" (4:21) is an ambient instrumental part that flows seamlessly to the next track "Heroes Are" (6:10), a mellow one at its intro part but it moves into full-blown neo-prog composition. ".A Winter´s Death" (9:46) is in similar vein with previous track. "Retreat Part 2" (3:55) is a nice instrumental piece that concludes the album beautifully.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to any progressive music collection. Keep on proggin'...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 Square The Circle by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 62 ratings

Square The Circle
Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Triangle who?

Who are they? Why are they out of the picture? And who permitted such a horrible cover? Questions that'll maybe never get an answer.

For sure, this is a real lost gem of the neo-progressive land. It will satisfy the lingering heartache in your soul, sometimes the way Disintegration by the Cure did. Some guitars parts remind me so much of Fascination Street, is Porl Thompson aware of the thing?

Floating (but plastic) keyboards, Rothery-style axe solos (every note is felt) and distinctive drum feeling of the 80's. You will be wrapped into a foggy and emotionnal fog listening that record. It goes from soft and eerie to bombastic and dynamic in a blink of an eye. What kind of sick relationship creates such a record?

Again, a true diamond in the rough, a lost gem and a well-kept secret for the neo-prog lover who thinks he heard it all.

 Square The Circle by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 62 ratings

Square The Circle
Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by ChrisDawid

5 stars This outstanding album perfectly combines neo-prog with symphonic prog. Personally, I think that it's one of the strongest debut efforts on the intersection of both genres.

On this album the members of the band manage to create melancholic passages which don't bore the listener and even make him curious. The sound is soft and mellow with very strong instrumental solos as in the first track "Foreword to the Elements of Life" beautiful keyboard solo. Other very good keyboard intros follow on two next tracks. All the tracks are adequate long (nearly 10 minutes) and very good positioned on the album. After shorter, strong, first track follows three very melodious and a bit longer tracks. "Chasing the Shadow" and "The Centre Shines" are truly highlights here. "Amy" is not my favorite track but it perfectly fits on this place and makes a mood change after longer tracks. The second part of the song is much better and create suitable intro for two ending tracks. "Pygmalion" and "Nature's Window" are in my opinion best songs on the album. Very melodious and mysterious, especially on the change to the "Nature's Window" The mellow atmosphere dominates on the whole album but it's still only a background for outstanding instrumental arrangements, except for some moments of stillness, for example on the fifth track "Amy" or on the ending of "Pygmalion" when unaccompanied soft melody comes to the fore. But the strongest point of the band is very various use of instruments what really enhances variety of the whole album. Mood changes appear many times even during one song.

Triangle's masterpiece should be recommended for fans of symphonic and neo-prog. There are all the important elements for a successful effort: good composition, mellow vocal, which fits perfectly into mood of the album and beautiful lyrics. "Square the Circle" still persists unrecognized among many prog-fans. As masterpiece it really deserves more attention. Five stars for this outstanding debut.

 Square The Circle by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 62 ratings

Square The Circle
Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars You got to hand it to the dutch, they always seem to come through in the clutch! (my goodness, have I morphed even so slightly into a budding rapper? Never, screamed back the mellotronic choir!). It's pretty obvious that their prog musicians have continued to Focus without Ekseption or Trace, on finding the Solution! (How do you like that one, Erik?) . The recent crop has been splendid (Like Wendy, Nice Beaver, Trion, Mangrove, Ice, Ayreon, Odyssice, Knight Area, King Eider, Flamborough Head, Lady Lake and a few others.) , seemingly very adept at finding new ingredients to their highly musical formula (We don't bandy about an illustrious moniker like Dutch Masters without respect!). Triangle released this little debutante gem back in 2001 and it made some serious waves (all the way to Indonesia where our own Gatot emptied his soul in reviewing this album). It remains an intriguing album to this day, since it is quite correctly described as sitting between two chairs (a symph and a neo) with the rather angsty neo vocals of Martijn Paasschens causing all the alleged discomfort. Yeah, so he has a somewhat neurotic voice (so does Geddy Lee, Robert Plant, David Surkamp, Jon Anderson among many others.) but that seems to be quite common in the prog genre, so let's just suck it up, okay? The opening instrumental is a real tour de force, brightly introducing the musical savvy of the boys in the band, Martijn laying down some atmospheric keyboard symphonics, nimble piano and spiraling synthesizers leads obviously feuding with the highly adept lead guitarist Roland van Der Stoep, full of swirling reverb and effect-laden tones. As usually the case with the Hollander proggers, the rhythm section is groovy, precise and highly propellant. On "Chasing the Shadows" the vocals are appropriately emotive without any hysterics, chaperoning the themes very nicely with some delightful piano passages. It's with the whirlwind 11 minute epic "The Center Shines" that, even though the multiple interlocking themes shine splendidly, the vocals may seem a tad overbearing, most especially when he howls/ yells "I scream at the sound of my the alarm clock ", which has an almost crude new wave/punk/alternative tone that does really wake you up, to say the least! Even I sit up and scratch uncomfortably when I hear this passage. Tic-Toc, goes the clock, this is a song that has a psychotic/schizo element of unbalance that needs the slightly wild vocalizations! Sorry, but there is context! "The Saddest Show" is a scathing critique of television shows that prey on human frailty and the cynicism of judgment by mass appeal, another 10 minute + musical exploration, loaded with assorted effects and snippets of commentary, only to suddenly EXPLODE with vitriolic abandon in an experimental sound montage where instruments dance , merge and weld , helter-skelter. The gentle choir mellotron end-section is eerily striking, a deliberate slow burn, leading to another vibrant van der Stoep solo and some rumbling bass musings. "Amy" is an upbeat number that is more of a song than a musical piece but remains decidedly non commercial. I frankly find this somewhat bland and it's the only disposable track on this set. "Pygmalion" is listed at 13 minutes 11, it's also the longest. Loosely based on GB Shaw's literary masterpiece, this is another semi-paranoid musical excursion that stretches the boundaries of sanity and fantasy, featuring first a ripping guitar solo exuding all the pain of the universe and then a second, twirling in the gale of utter melancholia when the chorus kicks in. It slowly flickers, bathed in wispy effects until the flame just.. dies. Yep, good stuff! The finale is another 11 minute job, "Nature's Window", a somewhat more angelic piece with a spacier and brighter sound that searches out some more bombastic musical environments, again led by some gorgeous "search & destroy" guitar stylings, heavily molded in the Hackett/Rothery school. Roland van der Stoep is a revelation, lacing this track with tons of atmosphere, full of restraint at one moment and cutting loose with some unbridled power the next . The serene vocals here are quite enjoyable, with just the right amount of feeling. Simple, effective and loaded with emotion and this album's highlight. The bottom line remains that this is highly paced symphonic music that rushes nothing, builds momentum and culminates in a most pleasurable listen. Four corners for this Triangle.
 Square The Circle by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 62 ratings

Square The Circle
Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars 3.5 stars actually...

A mysterious Dutch band with a great and obscure debut.TRIANGLE were formed in 1993 and recorded a number of demos,while being an underground band for almost 7 years.This period would end by the millenium's dawn,when they released their official debut ''Square the circle'' through Zizania label...

...and this is one of the darkest releases ever to be presented by a band,falling generally into the neo progressive rock category.Four out of seven tracks are over 10 minutes,showing that this is a band,who want to develop their ideas.''Square the circle'' is split between demanding instrumental parts,based on soaring guitars and atmospheric keyboards and vocal-led more smooth parts,which contain an obvious dark feeling.This comes as a result of the expressive singing of Martijn Paasschens,the slow-tempo keyboards and the slightly FRIPP-ian guitar work of Roland van der Stoep.Things get even more serious and attractive through the complicated instrumental parts,dominated by the strong guitar melodies,the superb deep bass work and the dramatic symphonic keyboards (mainly synths),which really lead to a fantastic musical combination.Everything in this work shows a band with maturity and incredible talent!Only comparable to COLLAGE or maybe SAENS in terms of complexity,''Square the circle'' by TRIANGLE is a work only for those who like to experience true musical adventures.Strongly recommended!

 Square The Circle by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 62 ratings

Square The Circle
Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars A Masterpiece Neo Prog / Symphonic Album

YOOOHAAA...!!! What a great album man ....!!! Did you ever experience listening to a prog album and you got "hooked" to the music by the time you spin the CD at the very first time? How did you feel? How did it then progress in terms of durability of that feeling over time? Did it fade away or is it still there in your heart even until now so whenever you spin the CD you are deeply engrossed with the music or you are in the "flow" with the music? Well, .this album really blew me at the very first spin of the CD. The music matches 100% of my personal taste, especially in the symphonic / neo prog mood. Am sure if you love early Marillion, Arena, IQ, Pallas, Magenta, Spektrum, Darius, Pendragon, Cast, it is very unlikely that you cannot enjoy this music by the Dutch band. But, I'm not gonna review on the basis of because "I like it" as it's not wise at all to do this way. Prog music must be reviewed in an open mind and an objective way that at the end would help you, my dearest readers of this website, to reach a purchase decision.

I just need to warn you that if you want originality of idea in composing a music, you may (or will) not find here with this album as all music style and moods have been invented before with the pioneering bands in symphonic or neo progressive veins. Nothing new with this album, it's a symphonic / neo progressive type of music, so you can imagine how the band sounds. But if your chief reason is to explore more bands with melodic composition under the banner of neo prog or symphonic prog, yeah man .. you got it here. It's a wonderfully crafted composition! I can guarantee on that.

My big thanks go to Andy Julias, my prog guru, who lent me his stacks of CDs for me to explore and I'm really happy that I have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful album. Of course, I will buy it myself later as this one is masterpiece. Quite surprising to me that Andy has got this collection because he was typically favoring much more complex music than this one. You know, he is the Producer for Indonesian prog bands: Discus, Imanissimo, In Memoriam, and some more that typically complex prog music, and NOT neo progressive at all. Thanks, brother! (I will review 'em all here. This is the second and the first was SPEKTRUM that I reviewed yesterday).

Having listened to the CD in its entirety for eight spins, this is my detail review of this debut album of TRIANGLE. It's a five star rating and I don't think you need to read this long review, just BUY THE CD! But for those who are curious with this album, this is my view .

Foreword to the Elements of Life (6:34)

First of all, the title itself is good. It's like an opening chapter of a book whereby the readers are introduced to what sorts of concepts or thoughts about the book and how they will be presented to the readers. Using the same analogy, this album opener helps the listeners get acquainted with the band's musical style. It's an instrumental piece that comprises two major sections, I would say. The first one (2:15 minutes) comprises a drum-less music where long sustain keyboard sounds dominate the melody accompanied by soft guitar fills. Structurally, this opening part reminds me to Marillion's "Pseudo Silk Kimono" keyboard work that opens Misplaced Childhood album. Nuance-wise, it reminds me to the opening / orchestration part of Metallica's S&M live album - especially on the way how guitar fills are used and accompanying orchestration sound from keyboard. It's a very melodic keyboard sound that sometime associate me to the opening music of a movie like Lord of the Rings. Powerful one. At the end of this keyboard overture the music suddenly [2:15] turns in with an upbeat tempo music with dynamic drumming and punchy keyboard sound. It flows wonderfully to guitar solo that flows to a grand piano work in a nuance like new age music by Yanni. It's a perfect match between neo progressive, symphonic and new age music, I would say. The guitar solo played in alternate with keyboard is really stunning. This is a heartbreaking instrumental piece with many killing melodies produced in almost all segments. Well, you should not miss this wonderful track man! A masterpiece track!!

Chasing the Shadows (7:29)

It opens with a melodic grand piano solo influenced by classical music in relatively long duration, more than one minute, before the vocal line enters in mellow style. The piano work accompanies the vocal line in a catchy melody texture during the first lyrical verse of the song. At approx min [3:00] the music flows in its full swing in a faster tempo with dynamic drumming, solid and inventive basslines and howling guitar sounds. Wow! Man . what a great musical piece here! It especially comes thru when the music flows with some complex transitions demonstrating an excellent combination of keyboard, piano, guitar and drum. The second verse vocal line enters accompanied with the upbeat music with obvious basslines. (I really love the bass guitar sounds here). The song ends up with the opening verse singing style and melody using piano as well.

The Centre Shines (11:08)

This third track opens with a nice and complex combination of all instruments used followed with a distant voice line, maintaining the complex music as rhythm section. Drumming is dynamic, bass guitar is so obvious in terms of sound and its playing style. Guitar work reminds me to Hackett. At approx min [2:06] the music turns into quieter passage that reminds me to early Marillion's music. When it turns into a faster music, the lead singer demonstrates his powerful vocal accompanied with stunning guitar work. This song combines various forms of music with a smooth transition between forms that has made an enjoyment. The structure is not that straight as the form at the opening is different with in the middle and at the ending part. For example, at approx [4:46] the music turns into a very quiet passage with only soft keyboard sound that later is followed with bassline and howling guitar - very nice one. At approx [6:00] the drums enter the music and provides an excellent accentuation to the sounds. I enjoy this part that later accompany vocal line returning back to music. It's a true masterpiece!

The Saddest Show (10:28)

This is another track with a bit complex structure where the music contains multiple forms that some of them are not the same one to another. It opens with a loop followed with a drumming work and keyboard plus guitar in an upbeat opening and it later turns into a quiet passage with guitar fills and voice line. The singing part flows melodically in mellow style. At approx [2:36] a male voice narration enters the music break. What's interesting is the music at the background that enters in a crescendo until right after the narration is complete. Guitar solo is truly stunning especially it's combined with drum work that was mixed so obvious in this record, augmented with dynamic basslines. Some quieter passage with soft keyboard work gives a good chance for bass guitar to show his lines to the music. Very nice. The ending part provides a nice drumming solo and solid bass with soft keyboard sounds at the back.. Oh what a great composition!

Amy (5:36)

Having been bombarded with relatively long duration songs, the band returns back with a relatively short song. It starts with a music that is dominated by guitar melody in relatively long duration followed with weird melody vocal line, but it's nice and interesting to enjoy. It reminds me to the music of Sinkadus in the nineties. Sometime at the ending part of the track there is an excellent use of Taurus pedal combined with other instruments and produce wonderful sound. I enjoy especially when my power amp volume turns high - it's so great sound!

Pygmalion (13:11)

This sixth track opens with simple guitar fills that bring the vocal line singing the first lyrical verse in a mellow style. The music enters with a full swing but maintaining the same slow tempo with an excellent augmentation of tom drum sounds and howling guitar sounds. This track has a simpler structure as it flows straight with typical choruses. The only thing that has truly made this song very attractive is the long sustain guitar solo in some segments of the music. Yeah man, even if you may not enjoy this track, but the guitar solo is so stunning!! It's killing me man ... In the middle of the track, the msuic explores bass guitar sound and multi-layer keyboard work.

Nature's Window (11:07)

Structurally, this concluding track is similar with Pymalion. The melody and composition is of course different. The beginning part is completely mellow but it gradually moves to a faster tempo that features many guitar solo melodies. The combination between guitar and drums in many segments are truly excellent. There are some guitar fills during quiet passages where the style reminds me to Marillion. The guitar solo at the ending part is excellent - it moves from low to high registers nicely and concluded the song in an uplifting mood.


Uh . what a long review. Sorry, I choose to do it this way as I believe that the members of the band have worked really hard to compose this great album. It deserves a novel long review, I think. Musically, it's not something original as there are elements of neo progressive, symphonic and new age music blend nicely into this album. But, the composition - songwriting and arrangements - is really TOP NOTCH! With reasonable number of spins, I finally think that this album deserves full five stars rating. I am ready to take the blame as being "naïve" in generous in giving a rating. Not really; because you have NOT listened to the CD meticulously. Once you have, yeah man .. I am sure will agree with me that this is a masterpiece neo prog album! It's now 2005 and this album was released in 2000 while I have not heard any further development from the band since then and in the future. Sadly to hear this but I hope the band should line up together and make the second album. Keep on proGGin' ..!!!

Yours progressively,


 Square The Circle by TRIANGLE album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 62 ratings

Square The Circle
Triangle Neo-Prog

Review by Greger
Prog Reviewer

5 stars "Square The Circle" is the strong debut album from the Dutch neo-prog band TRIANGLE. They are blending 80's and 90's neo-progressive rock to a mix that is somewhere between DREAM THEATER, IQ, JADIS, M'ARILLION, ROCKET SCIENTISTS, RUSH and SAGA. It's all very good: The musicians, the clear dynamic production, the complex compositions, the strong melodies, the clever arrangements and the vocal performance by Martijn Paasschens. Four out of the seven tracks is +10 minutes. The highlights are "Chasing The Shadows", the complex "The Center Shines", the longest composition "Pygmalion" that is +13 minutes and the closing "Nature's Window". The magnificent artwork is made by the "artwork-master", Mattias Norén from Sweden. This is neo-progressive rock at its best, and it might be one of the better debut albums in 2000. Highly recommended!
Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives