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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.82 | 54 ratings

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4 stars Unlike Textures' debut "Polars", this was an album I could get into almost immediately. I almost wish I had started here with their music, because I think I would have adjusted to "Polars" much more quickly. As soon as I heard the opening song, "Drive", kick into gear I knew this was going to be a roller coaster ride of an album and a big improvement on their previous effort.

The music is once again highly technical metal with a mix of crunchy, heavy riffs and melodic passages. The two big changes are in the synths and vocals however. The synths are much more frequent and are actually incorporated to make them important parts of the songs, rather than bursts of beauty every now and then. This album also has a new vocalist in Eric Kalsbeek. His vocal style is a departure from that of Pieter Verpaalen, who as I mentioned in my review of "Polars" sounded like a mix of death metal and hardcore punk vocals. Eric on the other hand sounds more like a death metal vocalist with a touch of metalcore/deathcore. His vocal style is one that I am more adjusted to and thus was not an acquired taste. He also utilizes lots of clean vocals which are very well done and they add a new aspect to the music. It allows the band to explore new ideas which I enjoy immensely.

In all this is a significant improvement on the part of Textures. The growth between this album and their debut is a major step towards them cementing themselves as major players in the modern tech/extreme metal scene. I can give this album 4 stars pretty easily.

horsewithteeth11 | 4/5 |


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