Volumes – Different Animals [REVIEW]

After a lot of label issues and vocal member troubles, Volumes now seem to have made itself into a new family and been given a new home within Fearless Records to help showcase what groovetacular material the band can muster for you. Having already released two album thats are widely received positively throughout the progressive metal and djent community, it’s time to see how much weight ‘Different Animals’ has to this new beast.

The album opener ‘Waves Control’ immediately opens with a powerful tone coming from the guitars and showing off what you might have expected from the band from the get go. The heavier qualities are definitely par for the course with the lead guitar elements at points sadly drowning that out just before their new clean vocalist makes your forget about that. Myke Terry has become, aside of the powerful guitar/bass tones that shine through, one of the greatest parts of the record. The next track ‘Finite’ shows off a lot more of his range and presence with him being the main feature for the majority of the track, flowing around the guitar riffs and drum patterns and feeling like a much needed breath of fresh air to the bands discography and definitely the right choice for the feel. After going through the already popular ‘Feels Good’ track, it moves into another groovy affair with ‘Disaster Vehicle’ which bring powerful punchy grooves that will no doubt get the crowd bumping and vibing to their songs planted on this record, but within this lies the biggest flaw about the record.

The groove elements feel near enough the same through and through that its easy to find yourself getting a bit disorganised within the record that it just doesn’t feel that special to you when you listen to it. Sure, the record goes on a lot more melodically built path thanks to the bands versatility and that helps make tracks ‘Heavy Silence’ stand out with its subtle nuances that make the record that much more diverse in its production. The downside to that is the whole noticabilitely on that makes the interlude-esque tracks much more redundant in their presentation. The interlude itself as well as ‘Tides Change’ feel like they have no discernible place on the record other than to fill up space. The rap/hip hop elements are rife within ‘Hope’ and ‘On Her Mind’ with the vocals going on a different section. This helps raise the intrigue of the record as it shows again another side of the band. The electronic elements on the former track help round out the atmosphere of the record whereas with the latter, special guest Pouya gives the album that extra surprise and tenacity with his flow being that much more enunciated by the drum/bass combo in the background.

An album that has been on the waiting list for many fans might leave them undesired as the record doesn’t truly showcase what is great about this band. With the eyes being blinded by this much anticipated release, it takes a few listens to get realisation that the band are still growing and still trying to make a big mark on the genre as well as their fanbase. This doesn’t mark a step back, but more of a new step on a separate path that will no doubt give people something salivating for in the future.

 

[6/10]

Borders announce UK Tour with Black Coast for July/August

Looking for an upcoming metal tour? Well, Lincoln tech-metallers Borders have announced a July/August UK headline tour and will be joined by special guests Black Coast. You can listen to the headliner below and view the dates below!

28.07.2017 – Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
29.07.2017 – Edinburgh, Smash
30.07.2017 – Leeds, Santiagos
11.08.2017 – Corby, The Hut
12.08.2017 – Bridgwater, Cobblestones
13.08.2017 – Plymouth, The Underground

Artificial Language, 22/5/17

With the release of their debut record ‘The Observer‘ now being out for a few weeks, we got to have a quick and concise talk with Artificial Language about the release of the record as well as their upcoming plans. Have a read below!


For those who are not familiar, how would you describe Artificial Language?

A progressive Rock/Metal band that likes to include aspects of pop music

Your debut album ‘The Observer’ has been out for a few weeks now, how has the reception been as a whole?

We’re honestly very excited with the reaction. Everyone has been so supportive, we couldn’t ask for better fans

Who were your main inspirations for the record?

Steven Wilson, Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, and Danny Elfamn.

How was the whole recording/production process of the record as a whole?

It was very relaxed. We went at our own pace, and tried to enjoy the whole process because it can get stressful at times.

What are your favourite tracks on the new record?

Turn off the Pictures, Unself portrait, Fortune Teller.

What got you into wanting to be in a band?

We all just enjoyed playing music whether it was classical, metal, Jazz. We decided e wanted to try and make some songs together. Just a bunch of friends having fun, doing what they love.

What was your first ever live show you went to?

Watching Job for a cowboy and the red chord at a local venue called “the exit”

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself as a human growing in the band and personally?

Patience, things take time. Its all about getting into a good groove and sticking to it. Being persistent.

What advice would you give to upcoming bands?

Enjoy the music you’re creating and always have an open mind. Everyone can learn something new and that’s what’s fun about music.

Has there been any other bands on your radar you think people should check out?

Native Construct. They’re awesome dudes and very talented.

Is there any projects you would like to work on as well as Artificial Language musically?

We all like do write music on the side and we have each other in our projects. It’s really fun.

What would be a dream tour for your band?

Touring with Btbam anywhere would be amazing!

If you could do a split with any bands, who would you pick and why?

Hmm that’s a tough one. A split with the Dear Hunter would be fun.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

Write some more music, and get tour ready. We’re very excited to keep on going

Any final words to your fans?

Thank you for the all of the support, and we hope you enjoy what’s to come in the future!

Textures announce breakup, reveal farewell tour dates

Another sad day in the history of heavy music as Dutch polyrhythmic metallers Textures have today announced that they are calling it a day. You can read the band’s full statement below:

“Ladies and gentlemen, there is no easy way to say this, so here it is: TEXTURES comes to an end.

 Personal motives have led to this decision and it has not been made in haste. These personal reasons made it harder to be the productive band TEXTURES always has been in the past and which this band needs to be. Without this dedication TEXTURES would merely be a shell of what it used to be.

 Break-ups are never easy and always bring difficulties. Unfortunately we have to announce that our anticipated 6th album ‘Genotype’ will not be released and so there will be no double album. At least not for the coming years…

 The breakup of TEXTURES doesn’t mean that there is any hardship within the band. We still have a strong connection with current and former members and this decision won’t lead to any tensions whatsoever. Furthermore the individual band members will continue to make music and pursue new musical endeavours. Keep your eyes and ears open…

 Thanks to all the friends, fellow musicians and other colleagues we have had the pleasure to meet along the way. And of course special thanks to all the fans who have supported us throughout the years. It is your dedication, appreciation and continued presence at our shows all over the world that made this journey one to remember for a lifetime.

We hope to see you all very soon on our farewell tour.

TEXTURES – OUT”

But before the band’s story comes to an end, TEXTURES will play a series of farewell shows later this year, which includes 4 UK/IRE shows. You can view the dates below of when to catch the Dutchmen live for the final time.

3rd Nov – NL, Zoetermeer,  Boerderij
4th Nov –  NL, Utrecht, De Helling
8th Nov – FR, Paris, Backstage BTM
9th Nov – FR, Toulouse,  Connexion Live
10th Nov – ES, Madrid, Caracol
11th Nov – ES, Barcelona, Apolo 2
12th Nov – FR, Lyon, CCO
15th Nov – UK , Manchester, Rebellion
16th Nov – IRE, Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
17th Nov – UK, Glasgow, G2
18th Nov – UK, London, Underworld
23rd Nov – DE, Hamburg, Hafenklang
24th Nov – DE, Berlin, Musik & Frieden
25th Nov – CZ, Prague, Futurum
26th Nov – A, Vienna, Chelsea
2nd Dec – NL, Tilburg, 013