Review Summary: Despite its flaws, this is a solid and very well written debut with minor issues that I think the band will overcome with time.2 of 2 thought this review was well written
The band Structures signed to Sumerian Records back in mid 2011. With not much popularity. I had listened to their debut EP All Of The Above a couple times, but was not very interested. But they indeed had lots of potential.
Now the doors open in presentation to their debut album Divided By. This album is by far better than their EP. And it's a personal favorite of mine. But it has its flaws. The album starts off with a pretty intense intro track that will give you a preview of what's to come. So if you don't like that then stop and don't go any further. Atlas[T] (the intro track) leads into one of the strongest tracks on the record; also the most punk-ish song, Hyrdoplaning.
You can tell this band put A LOT of thought into each chorus, each verse, each bridge and each breakdown. But you can never tell what their going to do next. Think of this band as a chaotic, demonic, train wreck coming straight for you. You could put them in the same category of bands like Ion Dissonance, Stray From The Path and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. Frequent uses of mathcore in songs such as Clockwork and Paralyzed, also utilizing djent riffs throughout. I think it's safe to say they couldn't make up their mind on what style they wanted to be, especially when you hear the blast beats in Encounter much like Stray From The Path's newer music. And I have to say these two guitarists are very impressive and come up with some pretty unique riffs. they really show off on I.N.T.E.N.T.
Some songs like / and Clockwork will give you a break from the lead vocalist's harsh deep vocals to let the clean vocalist shine with his very rough but melodic singing.
Most of the songs in the middle of the album really blend it together, but the last track, /, is definitely one of the best on the entire album.
I think this band could use A little more... " Structure " but none-the-less this will definitely keep your attention, even though the production is pretty overdone. And after a bit they can get a little boring.
Despite its flaws, this is a solid and very well written debut with minor issues that I think the band will overcome with time.
Recommended tracks: Clockwork, Hydroplaning, / and Encounter.