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STRUCTURAL DISORDER is a progressive metal group formed in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2011. The band consists of Markus TÄLTH (Guitar/Vocals), Jóhannes WEST (Electric Accordion/Vocals), Hjalmar BIRGERSSON (Guitar/Vocals), Erik ARKÖ (Bass/Vocals) and Kalle BJÖRK (Drums). Their first release came out in early 2012 in the form of an EP entitled ''A Prelude to Insanity''. During 2012 the band continued to work on the material for their debut, full length album, ''The Edge of Sanity'' and on the 18th of January 2013 the band once again entered the Studio at Högskolan Dalarna to record the album, which was finally released a year later.

The band has been influenced by DREAM THEATER, OPETH, PAIN OF SALVATION, PORCUPINE TREE, ANATHEMA, MESHUGGAH, TESSERACT, PERIPHERY, DEVIN TOWNSEND, FRANK ZAPPA, BEARDFISH and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Their sound shows clear tendencies towards modern progressive metal in the vein of PAIN OF SALVATION, but also includes neo-prog-like keys (expressed through electric accordion), ambiences and riffing in the vein of PORCUPINE TREE and occasional brutal vocals.

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3.13 | 5 ratings
The Edge Of Sanity

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 The Edge Of Sanity by STRUCTURAL DISORDER album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.13 | 5 ratings

The Edge Of Sanity
Structural Disorder Progressive Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

3 stars Creating expectations

The full debut of Structural Disorder follows the very interesting EP "A Prelude to Insanity" - the similarity in the titles reveals the story that the quintet had in mind when composing the first four pieces (which are included also in this album): a story of severe psychosis, family drama and realisation, which is, at times theatrically, nicely portrayed within the 70 minutes of this album with plenty of aggressiveness and melody (when required).

The one element that defines the sound of SD is the use of electric accordion which is a welcome novelty, distinguishable in the mellow parts (see Peace of Mind and the title track) but also on the heavy syncopating songs (Rebirth, Sleep on Aripiprazol) to the point where I can honestly not say if what I hear can be produced with an electric accordion or it is the sound of keyboards (but does it really matter?). The djenty and angry character of the riffing is counterbalanced with the nostalgic appearance of the ghost of Pain of Salvation, the use of post-rock techniques (Pale Dressed Masses) and the undeniable presence of Neo-prog (especially references to IQ come in mind when listening to Corpse Candles or Peace of Mind), which altogether result in a sound energetic and uplifting, but also distinctive and diverse.

The vocal performance throughout the album I found slightly inconsistent, with passages being overly aggressive or showing signs of "crudeness", needing a bit of refining. The 70 minutes is a bit long to get through, given the complexity of some songs. Further to the 4 very strong tracks coming from the EP, I also found myself getting progressively into a few others (Corpse Candles, Pale Dressed Masses and the title track) leaving really very little room for complaints. With the exception of 2-3 songs, this would be a truly exceptional record, which still deserves about 3.5 stars.

Looking forward to some more of this innovative approach.


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A Prelude to Insanity
Structural Disorder Progressive Metal

Review by aapatsos
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— First review of this album —
4 stars An excellent effort in modern progressive metal

Little is known about this Swedish progressive metal band. "A Prelude to Insanity" is their debut EP and consists of four very interesting, somewhat different to each other and full-of-energy compositions. A distinct element of their sound is the use of the electric accordion, which, to my ears, sounds like high-pitched keyboards with either a neo-prog or hammond-like "taste". Its use is instantly evident in the opening, polyrhythmic metal track Rebirth, where the constant soloing over the rhythm section proves to be a "lifting" combination. Peace of Mind is somewhat different, with the first half being devoted to a melodic, slow intro and the second half developing in a neo-symphonic (!) piece boasting about its IQ influence - no metal here but a purely progressive rock composition.

Sleep on Aripripazol behaves as a more representative prog-metal track with mid-tempo riffs and key soloing, resembling to the big names of the scene, such as Dream Theater; mid-way through it shifts to more heavy-prog, but also oriental, patterns that keep the interest high. The album concludes with The Fallen which sounds heavily influenced by Pain of Salvation on the one hand, but also by later Porcupine Tree/Opeth on the other, especially on the resulting ambiences. However, it rarely falls into the trap of imitation and keeps a fairly original character.

The variance in the vocals, ranging from clean, classic prog-rock type to brutal, adds extra points to this effort. Overall, this EP has surprised me positively and should appeal to fans of the aforementioned bands; the blend of influences produces a dynamic, "fresh" result which deserves no less than 3.5 stars.


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