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.