Structures
Divided By


2.5
average

Review

by I Am The Sputnikker USER (12 Reviews)
October 28th, 2011 | 327 replies | 20,790 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A band that emphasizes the "djunt" above everything else.

3 of 6 thought this review was well written

The Canadian quintet known as Structures isn’t going to please music critics with their debut long play record “Divided By.” The band garnered quite a bit of positive attention after the release of their debut EP, but they failed to build on their promising sound. The band follows in the mold of such horrific acts as The Acacia Strain and Emmure, but unlike those bands, they avoid sounding like utter garbage. Frantic guitar work and a pension for writing catchy breakdowns should immediately remind listeners of their labelmates After the Burial, albeit with a bit less melody and a lack of songwriting ability.

While the album has a fairly solid foundation despite its breakdown-centric structure, it is riddled with moments of confusion and lack of clarity. From album opener “At Las[t],” we hear songwriting clichés abound, with the soft buildup to an incredibly cheesy tough-guy style opening line. The band does succeed in writing an uptempo, very sharp rhythm section, but the melody seems lost in the production, which throughout the album emphasizes heaviness above all else. Many of the breakdowns and heavier sections come just shy of clipping, making it fairly annoying to listen to during the busier instrumental sections.

The worst parts of the record come in the form of the clean vocals and lyrics themselves, often destroying any rhythm and positive momentum gained in the course of the album. Album closer “/,” while an interesting track and potentially one of the better tracks on the album, makes absolutely no sense in the context of the full-length. Its melodic, pop-punk style is completely random and detracts from the album’s sound as a whole. The inclusion of a vocalist as notoriously bad as Emmure’s own Frankie Palmeiri on the track “Relapse; Signs” is also frustrating, as Nick Xourafas is already a superior vocalist and Frankie’s spoken-word rap style buildups are cringe inducing.

The album is not all bad, the lead and rhythm guitar work have many flashes of brilliance throughout the album, whether it is the “djunty” breakdowns and verses, or the fast-tapping dissonant sections sprinkled throughout the album reminiscent of bands like The Arusha Accord. Their style and technique saves the album from being unlistenable and gives songs such as “Encounter” and “In Pursuit Of” a signature sound. If you are thirsting for some immediate satisfaction in the form of heavy junz, this album comes in handy like many other albums cannot. If I was rating this album based on how good of an album it was to listen to in the gym, it would probably be a point or two higher, but as it stands, it marks a questionable foundation for a band with youth and inexperience in the metal and hardcore music scene.

Recommended Tracks:
“Encounter”
“In Pursuit Of”
“Paralyzed”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
xandermander
October 28th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I believe "djunt" is an original term, can I get some clarification on that one?

accompliceofmydeath
October 28th 2011



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I wouldn't call The Acacia Strain or Emmure djent. Anyway, sounds like you still like this more than I do. I agree with the review more than the other one anyway.

xandermander
October 28th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't call them djent, I called them breakdown centric.

I really only gave this a 2.5 instead of a 2 is for the three songs I mentioned. The songs they re-
made are still good.

Crymsonblaze
October 28th 2011



7479 Comments


Sounds awful

good review

Pharoh
October 28th 2011



3326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like the rerecorded songs here from all of the above.

xandermander
October 28th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Those songs are about all I play off the album, but damn they are soooooo good.

saucy
October 28th 2011



342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very good review.

jacobxross
October 28th 2011



32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, pos'd

Kulti
October 28th 2011



72 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

So tell me, is it worth a listen?

Spec
October 28th 2011



27053 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think I might check it out anyways. I'm curious, although I heard a song on youtube and it sucked major ass.

Ssssssss
October 28th 2011



683 Comments


or you could just listen to uneven structure lol much better

loveisamixtape
October 28th 2011



5903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

structures and uneven structure are completely different genres you uneducated twat

review is good, but i disagree with a lot of it.

Digging: Keep - Hypnosis for Sleep

Spec
October 28th 2011



27053 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ssssss make you're dp a .gif or leave.

xandermander
October 28th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Uneven structure is quite awesome, but also extremely different.

boristhebladexx
October 28th 2011



61 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album was such a ridiculous let down

Ssssssss
October 28th 2011



683 Comments


love obviously what I said had to do with the names guess you didn't quite catch that. Second @Spec I would if i could but my knowledge of how to do so is lacking.

trilogique21
October 28th 2011



375 Comments


godawful production. can't even sit through this shit because of it.

SmokingTheClouds
October 28th 2011



639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Going to see these guys with Counterparts on the 4th. I'm pretty excited.

Pharoh
October 28th 2011



3326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the production isnt bad, get better speakers or a better rip

SmokingTheClouds
October 28th 2011



639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Vocal production is kinda' dreadful.



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