Structures
Divided By


3.0
good

Review

by grindpantera USER (10 Reviews)
October 30th, 2011 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Structures creates an interesting "hybrid theory" of Danza-esque chaotic, down-tuned metalcore laced with well-executed Blink 182 influenced pop punk. Delicious as it is, weak songwriting confines this album to the young, 20-sum(41) crowd.

Having waded through the tremendous amount of ink that has been spilled over Canada's latest prog-core wunderkinds, the most poignant comment I came across dealt with the issue of TONE.

The argument was made in that, maybe 10-15 years ago, bands were influenced less so by guitar "tones," and more so by guitar "playing." The lofty dream (back in the old days) was to create songs as epic as Metallica's or as mind-bendingly thrashy as Pantera's. Now, when kids pick up the guitar, they want the "tone" of a Meshuggah or Sikth, with the "heaviness" of a Ion Dissonance, Whitechapel or even yes, Emmure.

With Structures' 1st full-length we are introduced to a hodgepodge of the above mentioned heavy bands. Their sound, while not as progressive as one would assume from their name/record label, still falls on the same idea of obnoxiously attempting to bridge a high-range, bright sound with a low-end, heavily distorted style of staccato guitar work.

It's a mosher of an album that will surely get the kids in the pit moving once Structures starts heading out on tour, but the longevity of the music is extremely questionable given today's scene of tone chasers. Which speaks to the first, and most divisive issue of Divided By, the PRODUCTION.

I've had issues in the past with albums that have been recorded at The Machine Shop, most notably Suicide Silence's No Time to Bleed and Upon a Burning Body's The World is Ours. Unfortunately, Structures' Divided By seems to suffer from the same problem of being overly produced, where most, if not all of the album's material is seemingly "punched-in" (where all of the guitar parts are recorded in small, single note bits and re-tracked/downmixed in Pro Tools to create a tight, cohesive sound).

Metal purists will of course scoff at this practice, but every producer/engineer has their warranted reasoning behind it. Regardless, the almost solitary joy that could have been had from listening to Divided By (the amazing guitar/drum work) is diluted by an overly sanitized production. Can these kids play this music live" Possibly. But you wouldn't know it by listening to Divided By.

This of course wouldn't be a deal breaker if the songs on Divided By were compositional masterpieces. They all "sound" amazing (as in made to push your subwoofers to their near limits), and a good portion of the riffs are catchy as all get out, and it IS obvious that alot of thought has been put into every passage of every song. But the point needs to be made, would these songs be as complex as they are if these guys were forced to record on an 8-track analog deck as opposed to a high-class digital suite"

But perhaps there in lies the problem. Divided By sounds like an album that suffers from an overabundance in the ability to digitally add, divide, subtract, multiply and re-create. There is a difference between creating a record that listeners will enjoy years from now, and recording songs that show off how "fat" your guitar tone is and how "complex" of a song you can write.

Unfortunately it seems the young, albeit extremely talented members of Structures took Messhugah's anthemic album Destroy Erase Improve too literally. That album, release in 1995, effortlessly accomplished what so many of these younger bands are hungry to achieve . . . and with significantly less technology/money behind it.

The question still lingers in most metal forums these days. For all of the bands today that "sound" like Meshuggah, just how many of those bands' guitarists sound like Fredrik Thordendal" Maybe it's just a generational difference, but that will probably be the exact thing that determines whether or not you care for Structures' latest outing.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
xandermander
October 30th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow, fantastic review.

pmmets07
October 30th 2011


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

incredibly well written, even if you didn't review the actual content of the album that much.

AfterTheBreakdown
October 30th 2011


7209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pos'd album rating is spot on.

grindpantera
October 31st 2011


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thx for the comments. I really wish I could have gone into the content of the album more, but honestly, there's not much there to really expound upon. It's pretty much a love/hate sound. The lyrics and songwriting are pretty one dimensional almost to the point of being gimmicky. (The guest vocals from ID, Despised Icon and Emmure are awesome but still totally cliche in how they unashamedly ape all 3 of those bands.)



Don't get me wrong, I love this album, but I appreciate it in the same way I love Emmure, Bring Me the Horizon and McDonald's. Taste good when it's fresh from the oven, but has the nutritional value of a slice of Wonder bread.



I guess I was more interested in highlighting why this album will be loved by many, but equally hated by others, which really has little to do with the music itself and more so to do with the age/taste of each listener.

SatelliteYears
October 31st 2011


198 Comments


One hell of a review.

Devastator
October 31st 2011


3440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review posd. Agree with the rating, nothing really amazing with this band. They have really bad lyrics.



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Pharoh
October 31st 2011


3325 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review

sexpoi
October 31st 2011


647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review. I liked their ep, so i will listen to this although the points that you mentioned in the review were pretty evident on the ep as well so i guess they haven't really progressed too much sense

Hopelust
February 7th 2012


2747 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It frustrates me that this album clips so much. They musn't have done the "car speaker test" after the production. Silly mistake to make.

TechieCore
February 7th 2012


662 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It'd be a lot better if it was instrumental.

BonRurgundy
May 6th 2012


358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't hear any pop-punk influences in this album at all. A well constructed review nonetheless.

KSK1
May 6th 2012


4102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Did you listen to the last song on the album per chance?

ChuckyTruant
May 6th 2012


15763 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Meh review. All you talked about was guitar tone andcas with one hint to the lyrics and songwriting. Not one track mentioned not enough description of his sound. If I hadn't listened before and read this review I sill wouldn't get an idea of what it sounds like. I won't neg. but no pos either

J0ckstrapsFTW
May 6th 2012


3718 Comments


Nice review

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BonRurgundy
May 6th 2012


358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure, there are some clean vocals, alot of metalcore bands incorporate this, but it's a far cry from Blink.

KSK1
May 6th 2012


4102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah but being influenced by something doesn't necessarily mean they're copying it. If you listen to their ep there's nothing that sounds remotely like the last song on this album (and a few parts in some of the other songs as well) so this album definitely has pop punk influence incorporated into the sound of it.

YUJOS
September 7th 2012


1004 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review!!

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Tywuhh
May 23rd 2013


57 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Some of the songs on this album are actually pretty good, and heavy at some parts, but I feel like a majority of songs are just a bunch of clusterfucked sounds combined into one, they're hard to follow, and the clean vocals kill it for me... I know Structures are a very techincal/progressive band, but I'll just keep listening to All Of The Above more, because it blows divided by out of the fucking water.

Hopelust
May 23rd 2013


2747 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes, yes it does. They decided to sound way too "I'm fuckin' tough" for this album, and it just comes off as immature and cheesy.

botb
September 10th 2013


11026 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this is like one of the worst bands



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