Volumes
Different Animals


2.0
poor

Review

by Sebastian USER (76 Reviews)
June 9th, 2017 | 191 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bohn voyage.

It’s hard to imagine Volumes without Michael Barr. His distinct harsh vocals on Via, and his surprisingly great clean vocals on No Sleep, added a layer to a metalcore outfit that had proven their ability to progress without losing their edge. Despite this, it’s hard to compare him to fellow vocalist Gus Farias. His singular, dreary tone lacks enough depth to measure up with Michael, and has shown no signs of improving over time. As such, it was difficult to see Volumes matching No Sleep riding on just one vocalist. So, with the addition of Bury Your Dead vocalist Myke Terry (after a seemingly pointless ‘audition’ process), have Volumes pulled off the escape no one expected"

Well, at least they tried.

To give credit where credit is due, Volumes try their best to reach the heights of their previous efforts. Myke, though a relatively unproven vocalist, provides a surprisingly robust clean vocal performance on much of the album. His vocals fit neatly into the Volumes package, soaring over the top of songs such as opener ‘Waves Control’ and ‘Pieces’. Though they grip the songs quite easily, they never meld too far into the mix, and prove his worth as a replacement for Barr. But sadly, that’s where the best of the vocals stops. Gus, for all the time he’s had, hasn’t provided enough of a varied performance to stand out from the rest, particularly when compared to Barr, and here it’s no different. His capabilities as a songwriter are put to the test throughout Different Animals, and continually fail to impress. His unbearable lyricism provides so little to work with, and makes what is an already poor album even less enticing. ‘On Her Mind’ drags along at best, and becomes grating very quickly. His rap-esque vocals fail to impress, and become incredibly difficult to listen to as the album goes on. If not for the Myke-led chorus, the song would be a simple throwaway, with the Pouja feature a true headscratcher. Even the lyrics are plain and boring; “She kept talkin’ that ***/And gettin’ me pissed/Wish she didn’t exist but she won’t be missed”.

And the worst of the album doesn’t even begin there. ‘Hope’ is a jarring fusion of rap, R&B and metalcore that proves unnecessary. Despite a decent performance from Myke, and a lack of Gus, the song feels incredibly out of place and is thrown in-between two completely pointless interlude tracks in ‘Interlude’ and ‘Tide’s Change’. And, unsurprising, that’s the story for the entirety of the album; for every great performance from Myke, there’s a pointless or terrible performance from Gus. ‘Pullin’ Shades’ is a wonderful song that lets Terry weave his way through the verses until Gus’s vocals intervene at random times throughout the chorus, as if to remind us that he’s still the ‘main guy’. Adding on top of this, the instrumentals for much of the album, particularly the guitars, are bland and uninteresting, practically erasing all the progression from their previous two albums. The low-tuned chugs on much of the album results in every song feeling recycled, resulting in a listen that makes you forget why you even found the band interesting. Songs like ‘Left For Dead’ and ‘Disaster Vehicle’ don’t stand up next to the far more creative heavier cuts from previous outings, and at times it becomes difficult to differentiate the screamed vocals of both vocalists.

Though not unexpected, Different Animals proves to be a poor response to the departure of Michael Barr, and a complete disregard of the progression Volumes had provided. To give the album credit, when it hits its stride, particularly when Myke is given free reign, it provides a glimmer of hope. But Volumes’ reluctance to allow Myke complete control, and instead relying on Gus as both main harsh vocalist and songwriter, leaves much to be desired. The lack of focus for the album, in combination with lacklustre performances and jarring songs, results in a listen that could have been so much more.

2.1/5.

Seek Out: Pullin’ Shades, Pieces
Avoid: On Her Mind, Left For Dead



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Drubbi
June 9th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Trying a new sort of end thing idk.



Myke is killer, but that's about it really.

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clavier
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2017


846 Comments


Nicely written. I'm guessing this won't be my thing.

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EphemeralEternity
June 9th 2017


3232 Comments


Sounds absolutely abysmal. I'm just gonna pretend they died in an RV crash after VIA.
Nice review

Themaxwell23
June 9th 2017


115 Comments


Great review , very well written. One question though, why would you say Myke is a unproven vocalist? I thought his records with burry your dead brought new life to a stale band. Very underrated vocalist IMO . Two records and a EP should be enough to prove what a great vocalist he is right? Anyways this band went down hill a long time ago m

SteakByrnes
June 9th 2017


14468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sheeeeeeee



Can send me into overdriiive



Gonna listen tomorrow, not expecting much

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Drubbi
June 9th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think considering Bury Your Dead aren't exactly a huge band, especially in comparison to Volumes, many people such as myself didn't know what to expect from him going into this new album. You do have a point though.

Drubbi
June 9th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think you won't mind it Steak, there's some great moments on here from Myke.

SteakByrnes
June 9th 2017


14468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought Feels Good was pretty good, and Waves Control was great, but the other two tracks were not my cup of tea (Left For Dead, On Her Mind)



Myke should've taken the reigns, but this is the Farias brothers band, so they wouldn't allow that shit

sempiturtle
June 9th 2017


1528 Comments


I really wanna listen to these guys at some point but... Gus just seems like such an utter cunt (and a terrible vocalist) that I've been kinda avoiding them.

SteakByrnes
June 9th 2017


14468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listen to No Sleep and see how you feel about it. Barr is the more upfront vocalist on that album, whereas they share the spotlight on Via.

Drubbi
June 9th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah Gus is certainly not the best ambassador for the band, really dislike his shit-talking of Barr and the whole audition thing which they seemingly went on to ignore, even when people like Andy Cizek had crazy good auditions.

EphemeralEternity
June 9th 2017


3232 Comments


as if vocals for this trainwreck of a band was some deeply coveted position

SteakByrnes
June 9th 2017


14468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I absolutely love Via, No Sleep, and The Concept of Dreaming, so I hope I'm not too let down by this, which I know I will be



And yea fuck Gus for starting shit with Michael. He was always the weakest link of the band anyway, don't know where he gets off being all high and mighty

EphemeralEternity
June 9th 2017


3232 Comments


you've still kinda got to commend his ability to make a mountain out of a mole hill with his own abilities though

SweeneyTodd
June 9th 2017


2099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well written review, can't say if I agree yet, but judging from the singles, this is gonna be my thing. Feels Good is probably still going to be the best of the bunch for me

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bloc
June 9th 2017


54682 Comments


Holy shiiiiit now I get it. It's the vocalist from Bury Your Dead. That's why I was like, wait where did they get this guy from???

But I remember that band started to suck when he came on board.

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JayEnder
June 9th 2017


3121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review dude. This album surprised me. Judging by the singles I thought it was gonna flop hard... But they hold up to their first two recs with Terry's performance. Finite and Pullin' Shades fucking rule

outliers
June 9th 2017


458 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yep this sucks as expected. not feeling the Gus + Myke combo at all

SteakByrnes
June 9th 2017


14468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was surprisingly decent. Gus and the overall boring instrumentation (Heavy Silence was dope tho) brought this down a lot, but Myke really put a lot of work into this and consistently sounds superb (aside from that rapping shit in Hope). The first 5 tracks, Heavy Silence, and Pullin' Shades are great



My favorites are Finite, Pieces, and Pullin' Shades

Spec
June 9th 2017


35650 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Gus is a cunt but damn Myke sounds great on here.



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