Textures - Drawing Circles (Listenable Records) - Back
Today there are so many bands around that itís hard to find one that really stand out. Textures merge elements on ìDrawing Circlesî that could be assimilated to bands like the Devin Townsend band, Neurosis, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, and Lamb of God. So you can see metalcore is involved in their sound, but this isnít another generic metalcore band, far from it. Textures create unique atmospheres pushing the bands dynamic further. However, some of these can get to mellow for me. And some of the melodic metal parts can get a little dull. But, the songs consist of technical patterns similar to Meshuggah or Byzantine. Itís heavy rhythmatic action! It seems that they try to do a lot in each song, much like the Devin Townsend Band. With such contrast throughout the album a few parts seem harsh when fused together. In other words, melodic elements switched over abruptly to the omnipotently heavy riffs a couple times; it was a little awkward. Vocally it is also diverse with a death growls to screams and also melodic vocals too. ìDrawing Circlesî is more original than I expected. You could even call it artsy. There are a few good tracks on the CD, but one was exceptional, ìStream of Consciousness.î Ten tunes, over forty-eight minutes of self-produced and self-recorded dynamic metal. Textures might tweak your interest if you are into Devin Townsend.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins