textures are a young dutch band who have the potential to make their mark on the scene of extreme music,they are not original in a sense of groundbreaking sounds but they take the quick sharp frantic riffs of meshuggah and even throw in some moments of a life once lost,and the red chord but the difference between textures and those bands is that textures throw in beautiful melodies,the kind that are capable of bringing a tear to your eye,the songs are like a journey,much akin to the structure of a neurosis song,and during that journey we are drawn to the anger and the beauty,they are an accessible band,but still have teeth that can tear through iron.
the album opens with the short sharp song drive which is a fine example of the bands need to bring melody to their sound,regenesis follows and that shows us their techncial side but like the last reviewer stated,technical metal isnt what they rely on,its just something that they throw into the mix from time to time.
The vocals are easy enough to make out even though they do sound like jens kidman of meshuggah but they arent atonal meaning they aint all screamed,there are plenty of clean vocals here,the clean vocals resemble arthur lee's vocal style in the psycadelic 60s band love,which is pretty cool,the band even through in a few ballads to break up the intensity of it all,songs like upwards is extremely uplifting in its sound and the way it builds is stunning,millstone is again another example of the bands style ,touching the absolute is magic yet again,its an album that has something for everyone,of that im certain.
Textures are a band that cant remain unknown for much longer,on this album they show the talent that more recognised bands will never have.
Textures first album, Polars, was a landmark technical metal release. The as then unknown Dutch band create an album with a soundscape that was refreshing and unique.
Textures are back, and have surpassed their first album.
With a "new" singer on board (Eric Kalsbeek - been with the band 2 years prior to this recording), and a more structured approach to their music, Textures have produced an amazing second album.
The familiar polyrhythmic soundscape is still present, but tinged with the kind of constraint that only comes from a talented and matured band. The lyrics and singing have improved immeasurably since Polars, with passages of clean vocals that send shivers down your spine (imaging if Devin Townsend joined Meshuggah).
This is an album that is heavy, technical, melodic and brutal. Sometimes all at once. There will be the obvious comparisons to Meshuggah, but while they may play the same type of music, (heresy following) Textures may actually be the better band.
This album has moments (indeed, entire passages) of jaw-dropping technicality, but Textures understand the need for an album to be more than just technical. They write songs that happen to be laced with polyrhythmic madness, but they are still songs.
So, to sum up: an amazing album from an incredibly talented band, which actually manages to surpasses its influences and bring something new to the table.
I was first introduced to Textures upon hearing the lead track from their "Silhouettes" album, and then, having bought that album, worked my way backwards through the remaining two. Already blown away by their most recent release, "Drawing Circles" proved to be an equally enthralling experience.
Textures have mastered the art of matching the intensity and musical brilliance of technical metal with the ability to write impressive songs, and retain the soul of the music. The result is an album that by turns brutally assaults the listener's ears, but also touches much deeper. "Millstone", the only single from the album is an awesome example of this - the polyrhythmic riffage underpinning the verses explodes in absolute triumph into a pad-drenched chorus (props to keyboardist Richard Rietdijk here!) which is both heavy and jay-droppingly beautiful.
Different influences abound across the album. The introduction to "Touching the Absolute" could be straight out of a jazz fusion cut, for instance. But the band consistently rise to be greater than the sum of their influences, managing to craft their own unique sound that is both ambitious in its scope yet pulled off with effortless ease.
Textures can remind the metal community just what can be done within the metal template with creative ambition, and a desire to push the boundaries. An absolutely thrilling album that deserves to be heard by all!
Drawing Circles is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic, well produced and engaging metal albums recorded in recent years. Since their debut album 'Polars' textures (with a new singer) have perfected their poly-rhythmic prog-metal style into an amzing CD that plays like a concept album. The ability of this band to create the most extreme musical dynamics successfully is reminiscent of porcupine tree, king crimson and pink floyd. With an obviously progressive orientation, the drummer leads an innivotive set of tracks packed with jazz-rhythms and syncopated madness. This marks a firm move away from the double pedal contests, that seem to accompant so many metal albums today. Overall, the band's understanding of music is second to none, their technique flawless and their overall sound is original and captivating. This album is a beautiful piece of work, I urge all metal fans to check it out!!
The first thing you notice about Drawing Circles is that Textures have changed their vocalist. The old vocalist was a bit lifeless and had no character, this new vocalist adds a vast amount to the band. Most notably a bigger character and a better voice, when both screaming and clean.
The music hasn't changed much at all though. They're still operating on the edge of metal and hardcore and use awkward rhythmic devices not unlike pioneers Meshuggah. Drawing Circles has a lot more melody in it than Polars, the previous album, simply because this new guy can actually sing and they're, wisely, making use of it. Clean singing in metal/hardcore it still a bit of a taboo really. Metalheads are scared of appreciating it just in case it turns out to be emo and emo fans are just stupid anyway for liking emo. Because of the emphasis on melody this time there don't seem to be as many catchy or at least discernable riffs like there were on the first record. This doesn't mean there aren't any however, `Denying Gravity' is a fantastic riff, `Millstone' is just mad and the opening section of `Stream of Consciousness' is a lesson in technical thrash.
There was something puzzling me to what separates the two albums and why this new one sounds more ordinary and I think I've figured it out. Polars was self released and self produced and it did sound good but the production was recogniseable becasue ot wasn't a professional job. Drawing Circles benefits(?) from a professional run-of-the-mill production job and now they sound like everyone else. Plus the vocalist, whilst being a lot better, has the usual hardcore/metal screamy voice, the old singer had a limited voice but it was unique. These elements have taken away some of the original appeal of Textures, now they do sound like everyone else. The songwriting and quality of the musicianship though, puts them up there with the best in their field, alongside The Red Chord, The Acacia Strain, Poison The Well etc. They have more subtlety and ideas than those guys though, which probably puts them higher still.
A good record that will probably make quite a few top ten lists but by no means make number 1.