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Band Name Structures
Album Name Divided by
Type Album
Erscheinungsdatum 25 Oktober 2011
Produced by Will Putney
Recorded at Machine Shop
Musik GenreMetalcore
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Tracklist

1. At Las[t] 02:08
2. Hydroplaning 03:20
3. Encounter... 03:38
4. Paralyzed 03:34
5. In Pursuit of 03:19
6. Clockwork (ft. Alex Erian of Despised Icon and Kevin McCaughey of Ion Dissonance) 02:55
7. Relapse; Signs. (ft. Frankie Palmeri of Emmure) 02:52
8. Tunnel Vision 02:53
9. I.N.T.E.N.T. 04:43
10. / 03:29
Total playing time 32:51


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Review @ Crinn

26 Februar 2012

EXACTLY the metalcore album I've been searching for all these years!

Struc/tures is a young progressive metalcore group that is appropriately signed on to Sumerian Records. Sumerian Records is known for being the home to several progressive metal/death/screamo artists which include (but are not limited to) The Faceless, Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After the Burial, Asking Alexandria, I See Stars, The Contortionist, and Stray from the Path. Pretty much the only TRULY HEAVY bands that I’ve seen off this label are The Contortionist and The Faceless. The others have some heavy parts, but only The Faceless are able to stand up against the first track off of Struc/tures’ debut full-length.

Everywhere I see Struc/tures mentioned on the internet, I pretty much only see “progressive metal” or “progressive metalcore” under the description. If the whole album sounded like the first song, I would call them full on deathcore because there isn’t anything I’ve heard under metalcore that’s as heavy as this other than The Dead Lay Waiting and Mnemic. I know that this sentence will turn many of you away, but don’t let it do that because I’m not trying to do so, but this band reminds me of Bring me the Horizon in so many ways. In other words, since BMTH has gone way downhill with their 2010 album, Struc/tures is what those young BMTH fans need to be listening to because…well, Struc/tures is better! Although there are some elements that Struc/tures have in their album that are actually the faults in BMTH’s music (like the yelling thing), these guys take those faults and turn them into qualities.

Although the opening track is almost completely deceiving, the rest of the album continues to bludgeon you with down-tuned guitars and breakdowns so loud that they distorted the speakers during the recording process, making it sound like it’s YOUR speakers that are getting killed. The distorting of the speakers thing is unique and cool in its own way, but it’s something that starts to get annoying (my dad raised me as an audiophile, so I’m a freak about clean and crisp recording quality). That aside, this is one of the heaviest and most powerful metalcore albums ever to land a place in my collection.

The vocal styles go all over the place. Although using growls more than anything else; the vocalist uses screams, singing, talking, and even that infamous “Oli Sykes” yell (I know that other artists have been using that since the 1980s, but Oliver Sykes kind of put his face on the vocal style, unfortunately). The vocalist isn’t the BEST singer, but he definitely fits the requirements needed to sound good with the rest of the band.

The song that I would say is the best example of the band’s general sound is Hydroplaning. It shows the sound that (for some reason) almost every other Sumerian band has with the really abstract sounding chords, heavy exploding breakdowns, every type of vocal style used in the album, and tons of melodic parts and guitar soloing. So if you want a general idea of what this band sounds like, Hydroplaning is the song that you should look up first. Encounter reminds me almost completely of this “djent” thing that Sumerian Records has incorporated in almost all of its bands, along with these really fast and complex high-pitched guitar solos (sometimes referred to as guitar “wankery”). But not to say that it’s a totally negative thing, it’s just something that’s starting to become the Sumerian identity, which is not good, because a record label needs to have an extremely diverse range of styles that its bands cover.

Overall, this is a monstrous album and is one of the best progressive metal/metalcore album’s I’ve ever heard in my life. Definitely check this out because it’s not going to be very long before these guys are headlining tours and having big-name bands as opening acts. I would give this album 20/20 for being EXACTLY the metalcore album I’ve been searching for all these years!

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CLucker666 - 27 Februar 2012: umm dude this record label is really diverse in my opninion, it has anything from lower than atlantis and dead letter circus to veil of maya and the faceless
Crinn - 27 Februar 2012: yes, that is true, like for example they have lighter bands like periphery and then they have THE FACELESS. It's not the diversity in the musical style that I was talking about, it's that MOST of the bands from this label seem to have a lot of that Meshuggah/djent thing....maybe even too many. As opposed to other record labels where all or most of their bands don't have something in common. Hopefully that clarified that haha.
Extrememetal - 01 März 2012:
I love the review. One of my favorite albums. I think this label has more than just djent/technical/progressive. Its also got Borgore, Asking Alexandria, I See Stars which are not good bands but they are pretty diverse. Then they have Betraying the Martyrs and Stray From The Path which are very unique yet still not any of those genres.
Crinn - 01 März 2012: You should read the I See Stars review I wrote
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