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UNEVEN STRUCTURE

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • France


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UNEVEN STRUCTURE is a tech-prog metal band, formed in May 2008 in Metz, France by Benoit FRIEDRICH (bass) and Igor OMODEI (guitars) (both ex-LONGCHAT). Aurélien PEREIRA (guitars, ambiences) joined the band in early 2009, followed by Xavier LORANS on vocals. After multiple tries to establish the drummer position, Ingemar SCHUBNEL took up the duties and Jérôme COLOMBELLI also joined the band as rhythmic guitar support later in 2009.

In November 2009, the band decided to re-record several tracks from previous projects, which were collectively released as their first EP "8" in December 2009, with Daniel "Mynd" ÄDEL lending his voice. This self-released EP is available for free download from the band's website. During 2010, the vocal and drums duties changed hands with Matthieu ROMARIN and Christian SCHREIL taking up the respective positions. With this line-up, the band released its debut album "Februus", which was due in 2010, but finally released in October 2011 through Basick Records. The band's members now span between France and Sweden.


Their sound is a mix of polymetric metal and intricate riffs, in the style of MESHUGGAH, with ambient atmospheres (often compared to those of JESU and ROSETTA) and should appeal to fans of respective styles.


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4.15 | 14 ratings
Februus
2011

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2.72 | 4 ratings
8
2009

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 8 by UNEVEN STRUCTURE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
2.72 | 4 ratings

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Uneven Structure Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by bartosso

2 stars Clones, clones everywhere...

I don't know why this particular dead end of a style is so crowded, but I guess it's because of its "cool factor". Djent sounds cool, no doubt about it. I remember myself setting my jaw after it dropped on my first listen of CATCH 33. Let's be honest though, the style created by Meshuggah is very limited and it won't evolve any further.

That's why there are bands that combine djent with more accessible sub-genres of metal, ambient or other non-metal genres... but some of them don't combine it with anything. Uneven Structure was one of those bands when they recorded 8. In short, their EP sounds like a stepped-up CATCH 33. It features the same brooding atmosphere, themes and sound production and the only thing these two bands don't have in common is the quality of being brilliant. Don't get me wrong, 8 is a well executed and well recorded album. It sounds more like a mindless tribute than an independent work of art, though. And by "mindless" I mean painfully repetitive and devoid of any innovative elements.

The biggest advantage of 8 is that it's not mathcore, a genre that some people consider intolerable (who could that be?). Still, it's neither catchy nor innovative so if you look for something that sounds like a bunch of bonus tracks from CATCH 33, then go ahead and get it.

TRACKS BY RATINGS: 5/10[not bad]: Dianoia; To a Higher Quiddity; 8 || 4/10[passable]: Egocentric Focus; Capillarity; Confused Waveforms; Depression || OVERALL = 39/100

(Originally written for Metal Music Archives [www.metalmusicarchives.com])

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 Februus by UNEVEN STRUCTURE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.15 | 14 ratings

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Review by Starhammer
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4 stars Sophorrific (adj.) Atmospherically disturbed...

The first disc plays host to the heavier side of the release. The overall style is rooted in djent, but to say that Uneven Structure are just another Meshuggah clone could not be further from the truth. The palm-muted riffs merely provide a foundation for some incredibly ethereal soundscapes. The overall style is as ambient as it is technical. Just look at the cover art, hints of colour set amongst a mysterious blackened backdrop. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

The second disc is purely instrumental and features three beautiful pieces of minimalistic post-metal. Their overall effect is largely calming, and yet there is something else, a hidden layer, an uncertain edge, something, at times almost sinister. It's hard to put into words this perceptional contradiction, although a friend of mine once likened the mood to "falling asleep, but with nightmares ahead", and I find this description to be quite fitting.

Musically speaking, Februus is based around the evolution of repetitive themes through a menagerie of subtle variations. As such, I would recommend experiencing this album through a good pair of headphones to really do it justice. I've tried using speakers, and whilst the (practically non-existent) bass levels are certainly emphasised, the lighter nuances often get lost which can give a misleading impression of monotony.

The Verdict: Not flawless, but still, absolutely stunning.

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2.72 | 4 ratings

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Review by aapatsos
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3 stars "8" is the first effort of Uneven Structure in discography and includes a series of tracks that the band has chosen to re-record from previous projects of its members (one of these projects being Longchat). The short (~20 min) EP includes 8 tracks with 7 of them roaming about the 2-minute mark and only the title track surpassing 6 minutes in duration. The music is a clear proof of the influence that Meshuggah have on this new wave of bands that follow this groovy and polyrhythmic style. The majority of the EP's duration displays relentless up-tempo riffs and growling vocals, with the addition of some ambiences that somewhat differentiate the band's sound from its main influence; although mostly interesting, there are moments when these ambient passages sound pretty simplistic. There is a nice flow between the tracks, making them sound more of a concept than individual pieces; this is also boosted by the similarity of the riffs. The exception to the rule is the title track that follows a more mid-tempo pattern with ambiences taking over the leading role.

"8" can be regarded as a promising debut from a band that has chosen to follow an already established musical path. In my opinion, it will be the degree of experimentation that will (or will not) make them distinct in this style. Although not highly impressed, this EP will probably work well for fans of Meshuggah and related bands and can be downloaded for free from the band's website.

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