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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Listenable Records
  • ASIN: B0001MLMQI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Swandive
  2. Ostensibly Impregnable
  3. Young Man
  4. Transgression
  5. The Barrier
  6. Polars
  7. Ostensibly Impregnable (Media Track)
  8. Bonus Track

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By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
For a debut album this shows incredible maturity and proficiency. Textures incorporate elements of Death, Cynic, Meshuggah, some old school thrash and combine them to produce a album chock full of great riffs and jaw-droppingly awesome drumming.
Sure, as with any debut album, there's some shortfalls, but these are so few and far between that, especially when compared to the high points of the album, they simply pale into insignificance.
I really hope that Textures can keep the momentum going as they have the potential to become one of the biggest underground acts. They really deserve this as simply being a hidden gem of an act for those people in the know would be a great injustice.
The high point of the album for me has to be Polars.
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By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Textures erupt out of the Dutch metal scene with this gem of an album. Combining intricate, often jazzy, rythmns with crunching riffs, they proceed to stun the listener with their abrasive yet melodic sound. The album kicks off with the excellent 'Swandive', with it's speedy thrash riffage and melodic breakdowns. It's followed by 'Ostensibly Impregnable' the jazz-hardcore mini-epic. Sweeping melodic vocals soon degenerate into crunching metallic assaults. The full-on attack of 'Young Man' leads into the stop-start riffing of 'Transgression', a mid-paced slugger until the thrash metal kicks in near the end. 'The Barrier' is a brutal mix of hardcore and thrash, the complete opposite of follow-up track 'Effluent', a dreamy, instrumental soundscape. The epic title track comes up next, and clocking up at almost 18 and a half minutes, this is Textures firing on all cylinders, mixing everything they have into this montrous jazz-metal-ambient-hardcore opus, brutality and beauty in equal measures. The closing track, the 12 minute instrumental 'Heaves' is a chilling return to their ambient experimentation. All in all, this album is an underground classic in the making from an extremely talented band. Catch it while it's hot.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x891a103c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x8919cb10) out of 5 stars An excellent debut....can't wait to hear more! 29 Dec. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Textures is a highly progressive math metal band from the Netherlands that has managed to craft an impressive debut here. The easiest way to describe is to compare them to Meshuggah's "Destroy, Erase, Improve," album, but the level of originality here sets them apart from others. The opening track "Swandive" is a good initiation to the band, although it does not properly show the scope of this band. It is only when you reach the next couple of tracks that new elements are revealed, such as the the various synth interludes and even the use of a soprano saxaphone in "Transgression". The songs are crushingly heavy, much as many of Meshuggah's are, and the atmospheric synth and mellow sections are quite impressive. The title track is a 18-minute epic that goes through all of these different facets, and is a absolutely stunning achievement. My only complaint is the addition of the 14-minute instrumental "Heave" at the end...it is certainly beautiful but a bit too long and acts as filler. Overall...fans of progressive metal, math metal, and metal in general will find this captivating....a great start for this young band!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88ed0720) out of 5 stars A Young and Ambitious Textures 5 Mar. 2009
By Stephen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alright, so I'm writing this review having been a Textures fan for years now. I've read reviews from all three of their current albums and I can't believe the negative reviews on their post-Polars albums. Nevertheless, I figured I would start here with their first album.

The musicality on this album is top-notch. These guys go from aggressive staccato riffage into melodic passages with a unique brilliance. People seem to not mind the vocalist on this album, but his vocals irritate me. It's like high-pitch screaming that sounds forced from the throat and not from the gut. Not the clean vocals, though. I love the clean vocals and the vocal harmonies these guys pull off.

The comparison to Meshuggah isn't exactly a fair one, because these guys bear absolutely no resemblance to Meshuggah outside of being a metal band and writing polymetric passages within their music. Meshuggah's focal point is polymeter. Textures' focal point is based more around a style of composition that blends various styles of metal with ambient passages. Think of the BTBAM album, 'Colors'. This album is somewhat like that in style, but very different execution and this isn't a concept album.

All-in-all, the only issue I see anyone having with this band is if you're picky about vocals like I am... or perhaps if you bought this album thinking you were going to be purchasing Meshuggah's DEI or Chaosphere.

And now, onward to review, 'Drawing Circles' and 'Silhouettes'.
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HASH(0x88ea7138) out of 5 stars WARNING: if you like MESHUGGAH, don't buy this 11 April 2005
By Benji Socket - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
WARNING: if you like MESHUGGAH, don't buy this. that's all I can say.

don't be suckered by that as a selling point -- they are no where near in the same league.

see my mnemic reviews, I had the same problems with mnemic as I did with textures.
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