TEXTURES - DRAWING CIRCLES - LISTENABLE
Textures is not a band that I have come across before, and the name is not one that suits the Dutch group, but the more one listens to the Listenable release, the more one grows to like the band. It should not have been.
Drawing Circles is an album of opposites. The music is cold, calculated and critically controlled, while the growled vocals are guttural, wild and sound like a caged animal. The band does use a second singer though who follows the trend of using clean singing and costs the band some points. Nevertheless, the main vocals style and the music are at odds. While the former is reminiscent of Phil Anselmo in Pantera, Meshuggah inspires the latter. Kudos to the band’s musicians, and drummer Stef Broks in particular, for its precise and tight delivery. Couple the lead heavy songs with a gigantic production and it is not difficult to see why the band gets credit despite the somewhat trendy style. At times Drawing Circles swoops in like a predator; at others, it begs for the progressive metal label. Closing number Surreal State Of Enlightenment needs to be exposed however for ripping off the main melody of Men At Work’s 1981 hit, Who Can It Be Now! - Ali “The Metallian”