Volumes
Via


3.0
good

Review

by TechieCore USER (13 Reviews)
September 14th, 2011 | 575 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Volumes take a rehashed formula and refuse to improve, but release a solid album nonetheless.

Volumes are the up-and-comers of the progressive / djent / whatever-you-want-to-call-it era of music. Featuring two solid vocalists, and more than competent musicians, they certainly have the potential to be great. With the release of the heralded "The Concept of Dreaming", Volumes took a big step forward to make their mark on the scene. It's only natural that fans expected their debut album "Via" to be nothing short of fantastic. However, Volumes apparently had other plans when it came to expectations.

"Via" isn't bad in the least bit, but it's not exceptional. You'll find the standard strengths and flaws (as to be expected with most debut albums). What has most notably improved is the production of the album. Every instrument is clear and crisp, and listeners will find themselves immersed in the instrumentals of the album. Vocalists Michael Barr and Gus Farias have also greatly improved - featuring more "understandable" lyrics and a solid display of their skills. You'll even find some cleans to be found throughout the album, which is quite a change. They both have very different vocal styles, and it only adds to the experience of "Via".

Diego Farias and Daniel Braunstein try their best to create a progressive feel on the album. Using (sometimes), extensive polyrhythms and space-like melodies, they do indulge the listener occasionally to a trance. A prime example is "Edge of The Earth", one of the highlight songs on the album. But you won't find anything spectacular on the album instrumentally. Some songs do seem rehashed or repetitive, hinting that maybe there were some creativity issues within the band.

Lyrically, Volumes have improved. No longer sporting what seemed to be teenage drama lyrics, you'll find more songs about the trials and tribulations of life, and finding yourself. Again it's nothing out of the ordinary, but an improvement nonetheless.

Two tracks are redone from "The Concept of Dreaming", Wormholes and Intake. You won't find many changes in the songs, just better production quality. However this is a good thing, as these two songs were the highlight of their EP.

"Via" is a give-and-take album. You'll find many highlights, but also some parts that just seemed reused from previous material, which is never a good thing for a band, especially when it comes to progressive music. Fans of the band will be slightly disappointed, but it's still a good album, and Volumes can only improve upon their mistakes.

Recommended tracks:

Behind The Curtain
Edge of The Earth
VIA



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TechieCore
September 14th 2011


662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This review was hard as shit to write for some reason, just one of those albums.

It also pains me to give them a 3, I was expecting so much more.

bloc
September 14th 2011


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album's pretty good. Edge Of The Earth is my favourite track.

TechieCore
September 14th 2011


662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah same here, the intro gets me every time. I love the cleans too in Edge. Really good.

pizzamachine
September 14th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like this band. :]

bloc
September 14th 2011


34872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like the exact same things about that song as you do. Normally I'd be "WHAT?! CLEANS IN MY GROOVEZ?!" but the melody in the vocals really made the song special.

TechieCore
September 14th 2011


662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I think what makes it good is that they are actually good cleans, which is rare to find in the progressive genre.

dansxdead
September 14th 2011


438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hm, I guess I'll have to wait to here this... I loved the EP to death.

TechieCore
September 14th 2011


662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@Dansxdead - you can hear Edge of the Earth on YouTube. I download VIA from Piratebay, but I also pre-ordered so I reserve my right to hear a preview :p

AfterTheBreakdown
September 14th 2011


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've only heard a couple songs so far but it seems pretty good.

botb
September 14th 2011


9686 Comments


intake is the best thing this band will ever do i think

Spec
September 14th 2011


27178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was just waiting for bringonthebreakdown to rate this. He knows whats up. Probably won't bother listening to this.

AProphetsExile
September 15th 2011


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are you reviewing this off the stream because the album hasn't even came out yet

bornmanh
September 15th 2011


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Edge of the earth is about the only song on here worth listening to more than once. Boring as hell

botb
September 15th 2011


9686 Comments


I was just waiting for bringonthebreakdown to rate this. He knows whats up. Probably won't bother listening to this.


if you're being serious im actually really flattered haha

Pharoh
September 15th 2011


3326 Comments


Elitists new album slays this

OneMoreRoland
September 15th 2011


1050 Comments


I kinda wanted to do my first review for this

AfterTheBreakdown
September 15th 2011


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do it!

TheArkitecht
September 15th 2011


1672 Comments


djenting hard.

bornmanh
September 15th 2011


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hmm maybe I spoke out of turn, comes to show that you cant rate an album after one listen. I think I might take my rating up to 3

Spec
September 15th 2011


27178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When it comes to djenty music, yes.



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