Textures
Dualism


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
September 14th, 2011 | 162 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Dualism” finds Textures embracing their math metal roots with a way lighter tone and a more melody-driven approach to their sound.

Textures have been one of the most promising metal acts since the moment of their inception in 2003. They are among a handful of math metal bands who have managed to differentiate themselves from the herd of copycats. Their style oscillates between the brutal technicality of Meshuggah and atmospheric sludge that's reminiscent of some Neurosis albums. The vocals that range from full fledged growls to fairly melodic singing are another feature that became their trademark overtime.

With their fourth album, “Dualism,” the Dutch sextet had to face the departure of vocalist Eric Kalsbeek and keyboardist Richard Rietdijk who have been respectively replaced by Daniel De Jongh (ex-CiLiCe) and Uri Dijk (Ethereal). These personnel changes had its influence on the band's overall soundscape that now revolves more around groove and deep tonal rhythms rather than technicality that was the chief component of sound on their previous release, “Silhouettes.” As a result, “Dualism” is Textures' least technical and most atmospheric album to date. It's easy to imagine some fans being dissatisfied with this direction. However, it goes without saying that the lighter tone and more extensive melodic passages make the album way more accessible even for those who are not really familiar with the genre. That's why, “Dualism” works perfectly fine as a gateway math metal album.

The inclusion of Daniel De Jongh seems to be the best decision the act could make at this point of their career. De Jongh has proved himself to be more than a capable replacement with his amazing work on CiLiCe's “Deranged Headtrip.” Now, his contribution to Textures is nothing less than reinvigorating. Not only is he an incredibly versatile singer who's equally great at clean singing and at guttural screaming, but also his knack for melody is totally uncanny. This results in numerous standout moments on the album. One of them is the entire performance in “Consonant Hemispheres” where dreamy crooning smoothly transitions into dynamic, hard rock-induced lines that build up to ballsy growling. Another one encompasses the flamboyant vocal melody in down-tuned “Foreclosure” which is an outstanding intro to the genre-shifting closer, “Sketches From A Motionless Statue.”

What's more, Textures still abstain from a traditional song structure in favor of much more adventurous compositions. Therefore, they fill every song with plenty of various influences. “Black Horses Stampede” starts with sludgy, Mastodon-like riff that makes its way to atmospheric progressive passages, whereas rather surprising instrumental “Building The Midnight Oil” has a very breezy post-rockish vibe. The band also sports some significantly more technical, polirhythmic tracks in “Sanguine Draws The Law” and “Singularity,” which both bear close resemblance to the material out of “Silhouettes” while retaining a way lighter tone.

Still, there's one serious fault that's inherent in the majority of longer compositions on the album. They often lack focus relying on riffs that are overly repetitive even for this kind of music. The opener, “Arms Of The Sea,” would be even more hard-hitting provided that it lasted two minutes shorter. Mellow “Reaching Home” simply overuses its fairly simplistic, yet quite addictive leading riff in its overlong 5-minute running time. Another minor drawback is the production which, while being totally competent, sometimes feels too sterile and devoid of necessary punch. The album certainly isn't as abrasive as some would like it to be.

All in all, “Dualism” finds Textures embracing their math metal roots with a much lighter tone and a more hook-driven approach to their sound. Even though the music is still appropriately complex and contains plenty of adventurous songwriting, it certainly has a new flamboyant vibe, which makes it potentially interesting for the new group of alternative metal listeners.



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greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album's already available on iTunes: http://j.mp/dualiit

Here's the stream: http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-premiere-textures-streaming-new-album-dualism


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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 14th 2011


20652 Comments


Great review. Haven't heard anything by these guys.

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MarkvandenBerg
September 14th 2011


74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great Review! Love this album!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks a bunch guys.

Odal
September 14th 2011


350 Comments


The vocals kill this for me

Edit: Good review though, pos'd

bloc
September 14th 2011


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Silhouettes was a near classic but damn I was disappointed with this. The vocals feel so powerless.

But I might get to like this album more with a few listens.

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Pharoh
September 14th 2011


3326 Comments


I enjoy this. The vocals seem different from the generic high pitched vocals similar bands have.

Carnifex
September 14th 2011


1918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I like this album but I felt it was just too long to give it higher than a 3, I might change my rating later on.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm surprised some people don't like the vocals. Your perspective may change in time. So, don't give up on this album too soon.

@Pharoh: You're right. They're very different than this and thus much better.

@Carnifex: I agree. It's a bit too long. I'm digging it anyway.

1drummer
September 14th 2011


324 Comments


If it's the same dude from Cilice Then I will LOVE the vocals!

Jethro42
September 14th 2011


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really interested in giving this a try. A while back, I used to listen to Silhouettes on a regular basis and for some reasons, I got more and more tired of it except for songs like Awake or To Erase a Lifetime. Greg, good job on the review as per usual.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well. If you both liked the debut of CiLiCe, there's no way you'd dislike this album. It sounds like a less frenetic and abrasive version of "Deranged Headtrip." It's a tad less focused too. There's also more Daniel's clean vocals on this than on DH. I guess the band wanted this to be more melodic than their previous albums.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here's the sampler:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oJHvMHzvVc

Jethro42
September 14th 2011


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty close to what I were expecting to hear.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...which means? What were your expectations?

Jethro42
September 14th 2011


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds like a good follow up for Silhouettes. I'm only afraid that my interest could decrease on the way like it did for the previous albums. I'm willing to take the risk though. I'm already used to DeJongh's vocals through Cilice. It sure is a pretty good replacement over Kalsbeek. Anyhow, both singers fit very well for Textures. If you ask me though, Kalsbeek is a tad better than DeJongh.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. It is. My favorite tracks on here are: Consonant Hemispheres, Foreclosure/Sketches From A Motionless Statue and Black Horses Stampede.

Jethro42
September 14th 2011


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I only found a low quality, live version of Black Horses Stampede. Also, the link you recently let me in my shoutbox doesnt work anymore. And if you wanna look at my last comment above, I've edited a few little things. I want this album.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All I can say that the vocal performance on this album totally destroys the performance on "Silhouettes". De Jongh is way more versatile. But, it's clearly a matter of taste. For me, there's no question. I have no doubts.

Jethro42
September 14th 2011


12438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn I got a fixation on your generous rating, dude. So let's go Jethro!



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