Substructure
Monolith


4.0
excellent

Review

by fox USER (3 Reviews)
September 26th, 2011 | 463 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prepare yourself for some beautiful and intense Intergalactic Space Djams

Substructure is a progressive deathcore band (Deathjent if you are so inclined) hailing from St. Louis, Missouri. Chances are you haven't heard of them, and chances are you won't forget them once you have.

This is some hard hitting ***. Not because Substructure rely on being particularly brutal, nor do they rely on the overuse of breakdowns or violent lyrics. Their impressive effectiveness lies in their clear understanding of contrast. Contrast is key to Substructure's sound, and it is fairly evident from the album's very first few seconds in the beautiful opener "Cassiopeia."

Substructure are set out to make space-themed deathcore (every track on "Monolith" being named after a constellation), and they do it quite well. Their almost cinematic sound relies largely on xylophone-like keys that are placed over the other instruments in the band. This creates a very large and open sound, or "spacey" if you will. This sound is also aided by the records absolutely stellar production value. Unlike many genre-blending progressive deathcore bands, substructure has a fairly unique and well focused sound. This is not to say that they are a one-note band playing the same thing over and over with small variations, rather their focus allows them to explore without wandering too far.

There isn't a second on the record that feels forced or unnecessary , which is a rare quality for progressive deathcore. Substructure are free to ebb and flow in whatever direction they want within this spacey and open sound. For several minutes on "Canis Major" (named after the constellation with a Latin name meaning 'greater dog') the band moves into a free form spacey rhythm that is relaxed without overstaying its welcome. These light sections are just as vital to the record as the heavier sections, and are all remarkably cohesive.

For the most part, every member of Substructure is put to good use. The vocals are nothing you haven't heard within the genre before, but they get the job done without a doubt. They lack a personal touch that allow them stand out from the deathcore crowd, but are still consistently impressive. This could be said for the drums as well. Instrumentally, the most amazing moments of the record belong to the almost painfully staccato guitars and the beautiful flowing keys. Both the guitars and keys are what give the band their distinct style, and when firing on all cylinders they often blossom into hectic and frantic climaxes.

"Monolith" is something special. It's an impressively cohesive and dynamic first release from a young band with a lot of potential. With an already well established identity, it's exciting to see what realms of space Substructure will venture to next.


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foxblood
September 26th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

first review guys, felt like this really needed one. personally this album is around a 3.5 but for
review purposes a 4 was more fitting. summary kind of sucks but whatever lol, that's how the band
describes their own music. pointers appreciated

bloc
September 26th 2011


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ALBUM ROOOOOOOOOOOLZ

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bloc
September 26th 2011


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You mean "oh djeez"

Willie
Moderator
September 26th 2011


15979 Comments


Really bloc? Really?

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bloc
September 26th 2011


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

iFunny

loveisamixtape
September 26th 2011


6020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this album rules.

i'm glad someone finally reviewed it.

Willie
Moderator
September 26th 2011


15979 Comments


Does it really? I guess I'll give this a listen.

bloc
September 26th 2011


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cut me some slack man, I said I liked your dumb Acylum song SHEESH

Willie
Moderator
September 26th 2011


15979 Comments


Ha ha. I'm going to send you the link to their video again if you're not careful! Anyway, I was being serious. If this might actually not suck then I guess I'll check it out.

pizzamachine
September 26th 2011


12571 Comments


You mean "oh djeez"

rofl

foxblood
September 26th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hahaha damn it bloc. thanks to whoever pos'd me already

Twelvetribes230
September 26th 2011


106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't really get into the vocalist that much, the music; however, is amazing. Technical and spacey..two attributes I love in music. I'll have to give this another chance..maybe I'll warm up to the vocals.

loveisamixtape
September 26th 2011


6020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i love their vocalist, haha.

willie, i wouldn't listen to it unless you're into heavy melodic stuff with synth (even though the synth for this band is used extremely tastefully)

like fuck, this album makes me wanna go to space

foxblood
September 26th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i really like the vocals, but he definitely isn't the main attraction.

space music is the best music

loveisamixtape, have you heard Aristeia - Era of the Omnipotent? that album is almost as good as this. they're pretty similar to this band and are also space themed.

pizzamachine
September 26th 2011


12571 Comments


i wouldn't listen to it unless you're into heavy melodic stuff with synth

Did someone say my name?

AfterTheBreakdown
September 26th 2011


7143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd. great summary.

foxblood
September 26th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

AfterTheBreakdown ha thank youu!

pizzamachine i think you would like this

AfterTheBreakdown
September 26th 2011


7143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this stuff is pretty sick!

pizzamachine
September 26th 2011


12571 Comments


br00tal

botb
September 26th 2011


9678 Comments


this rules but i will never refer to anything as "deathjent"



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