Structures
All of the Above


3.5
great

Review

by Raja Ram USER (4 Reviews)
June 21st, 2010 | 152 replies | 31,249 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Groovy metalcore chops for all.

8 of 9 thought this review was well written

Structures are a five piece metal band from Ontario, Canada. They play a blend of hardcore, progressive, and technical metalcore (yes, it's been done before) which come together to form All of the Above. At this point you may have already written this band off to be your run of the mill, trend hopping metalcore band. Fortunately, this is not the case. Albeit all members of the band remain under the age of 20, they eclipse their genre peers and prove this with ease. Whether it is the heartfelt vocals or the dual guitars which boast everything from tapping to erratically soaring across the fret board, it is apparent that Structures display musical talent and a large amount of potential.

Every musical genre is plagued with certain trends and redundancies. Currently in the metal scene, the overwhelming trend is the act of being "brutal". Perhaps the result of bottled teenage angst or even lack of musical integrity, it is now advantageous for bands to incorporate these elements into their music. Bands such as White Chapel and early Bring Me the Horizon have all had their rise to popularity because of it. Rest assured, Structures do not fall into this category. While the guitars will briefly incorporate a chug or two, by no means do they use it as a crutch. All of the Above is filled with spastic riffing, calm induced picking, and complementary sweeps. Overall, the recording quality is crisp and there is rarely a dull moment to be found.

Although their songwriting has room for broadening, they are well developed musicians. The five are each good at what they do and keep the listener attentive. Perhaps the most significant attribute of Structures' sound, is that their music is fun. The drummer incorporates blast beats, frequent tempo shifts, and fills which provide a sturdy back bone for their music to build upon. The guitar licks provide tasteful arpeggios and melodies, not dissimilar to those found in post-hardcore. For instance, “Transitions” fades out with a dreamy Circa Survive sounding riff which serves as a delicate conclusion to the song. Structures are a band which clearly prefer to keep things on the move, and throughout the album there is a constant sense of churning in different directions.

All of the Above is impressive, but it does leave much to be desired. The vocalist bellows out harsh vocals both highs and lows, and also displays catchy singing in several of the tracks. The flaw lies within his lyrics.
Gravity holds us to a stand still.
Look for the better signs;
We're all in pursuit of this time.
Taken from the song “In Pursuit of”, it's not that they are terrible, just generally unimpressive. Another issue the album holds is that the bass is practically non-existent. It's deep in the mix of the instruments and I have difficulty identifying it. The only other aspect holding these guys back from a higher rating is that the album becomes redundant. By the time “Still Waters” begins to play, you develop a sense of predictability.

Keep in mind however that this is just an EP, not to mention the band's first release. I look forward to their progressions and maturity as a band over the upcoming years. Bands have disappointed after promising EPs in the past though, so only time will tell. All of the Above is a fresh take on metalcore and a fun listen in general. I recommend it to anyone a fan of the genre.


Pros:
Sub-genres are meshed quite well
Talented musicianship on display
Overall fun listen

Cons:
Becomes slightly repetitive
Minuscule amounts of chugging but they're present
Poor lyrical ability

Recommended Tracks: "Still Waters", "Transitions", "Departure"


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accompliceofmydeath
June 21st 2010



4083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll take a listen to this but, I don't have the highest expectations.

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bloc
June 21st 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great album

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feedhertothesharks
June 21st 2010



144 Comments


good review man sick ep

Pebster49
June 21st 2010



2987 Comments


Very nice first review, I always like it when reviews put the pros/cons with best tracks. It makes it easy to check it out on myspace to see if it is worth buying or not. Pos!

AbyssalCreation
June 21st 2010



2023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome EP.

I'm still waiting for my free shirt from these guys...

Psilocyanide
June 21st 2010



1823 Comments


Wasn't me that POS'd you Cornass.

Psilocyanide
June 21st 2010



1823 Comments


I believe it's beein' smoked. Not rolled.

accompliceofmydeath
June 21st 2010



4083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The first minute of the song on myspace was pretty generic, it was alright after that. Won't be getting this though.

IndieOut
June 21st 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i think this band is absolutely terrible. their live show is also terrible and just noise.

cvlts
June 22nd 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hey! a thirtysixchambers review!

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ianjulian
June 22nd 2010



609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Groovy metalcore

xxKillWithASmile
June 24th 2010



240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I luh dis album. I also saw them live recently and they blew me away.

xxKillWithASmile
June 24th 2010



240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was really worth seeing them just to get a look at those two seven string guitars. They're just flat-out pretty.

boon0404
June 26th 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very solid band

crowing51
July 4th 2010



3444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea this is a really good debut, im looking forward to their full length.

iwrestledyourmomonce
July 5th 2010



75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their*

IndieOut
July 16th 2010



498 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i'm really not exaggerating. Behind all the random harmonics is just shitty emmure breakdowns that don't flow at all. The Fiance didn't have that kindof chugging and certainly had much more flow and structure which structures lacks lols

crowing51
July 17th 2010



3444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i actually think this is a tad better than the fiance.

adamreid11
August 9th 2010



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

each song on this album is outstanding. i thinks great listen from start to finish. people should expect big things from this band in the future.

mahi
August 14th 2010



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I dont get how you can compare them to Emmure. The guitar work is far superior than anything that Emmure could ever do. These guys are good, cant wait for a full length.



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