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In 2003, the year of the launch of TEXTURES’ debut album Polars, the first reactions start to stream in: “This is the best metal album that’s ever come out of the Netherlands” according to the Dutch music magazine Oor. The standard is set. TEXTURES, once just a promising up-and-coming band from the South of the Netherlands, has now emerged, 3 albums later, as an ... Read more in Amazon's Textures Store

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indie Europe/Zoom
  • ASIN: B000F39MNI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drive
2. Regenesis
3. Denying Gravity
4. Illumination
5. Stream of Consciousness
6. Upwards
7. Circular
8. Millstone
9. Touching the Absolute
10. Surreal State of Enlightenment

Editorial Reviews

Progressive is a description that's thrown around far too liberally in rock & roll; saddled upon artists as dissimilar as Dream Theater, Phish, Isis, and Brian Eno at any given time, and all for simple lack of a better term. Perhaps "unconventional" woul

Customer Reviews

This album is aggressive, brutal, ambient and beautiful all wrapped up into one.
Stephen
I the best of cases it creates impressions and images within that last - that is why it is so great to discover new bands and music that is worthwhile.
Mads Nygaard Pedersen
I don't want to spend more time than that discussing Polars, because I'm not here to review that particular album.
Evan Butler

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Boris Kaplun on March 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Somewhere between the rhythmic exercises of Meshuggah, the atmospheric melodies of Devin Townsend, the Cynic worship of bands like Coprofago and Alarum, and the breakdown-filled metalcore of... well... some above average metalcore band, lies Textures. That might sound awkward on paper, but the six guys who make up this band have managed to come up with a final product that's technically accomplished, melodious, listenable, and surprisingly professional-sounding. It's like an agreeable conglomerate of progressive rock and metal/hardcore.

Musically, there's quite a bit going on here. Guitarists Jochem Jacobs and Bart Hennephof offer equal parts start-stop Meshuggah-esque staccato riffing and dense major key chord progressions. The guitars play with, off, and against each other as dynamics shift back and forth, with a particularly nice effect frequently coming in to play as one guitar provides a driving rhythmic backbone while the other soars overhead with celestial arpeggios that give a striking sense of atmosphere to an otherwise fierce aural assault. Speaking of atmosphere, the music owes a lot of that to keyboardist Richard Rietdijk, who augments the guitars with ambient, unobtrusive passages that give a welcome sense of depth to the music (notable mention is the track "Upwards", which gives off a peculiar sensation that's mostly true to the track title). Typical guitar leads are few, but there are some liquidy Holdsworth-esque legato lines present throughout the last two tracks, "Touching the Absolute" and "Surreal State of Enlightenment".

The vocals are a vast improvement over the highly annoying squealing rat that was present on their debut album. The new guy, Eric Kalsbeek, is quite talented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mads Nygaard Pedersen on December 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I simply had to air my opinion due to the review by Streetwalker which is waaay too harsh imo. I see the points... however, I find the critic is exaggerated. 9/10 of times vocals are matter of personal preference, and this lead singer actually has some range. The metalcore-like screamo stuff (like in the beginning of the first song) is not my kind of tea, but that doesn't make it poorly executed.

Some might claim that "Drawing Circles" is not a revolutionary record, but I think Textures shows a technical blend of progressive/math/hardcore structures and more harmonious passages that does not grow pretensious like so many other progressive bands - or unlistenable due to lack of melody. My first impression was "hmm... this is not bad - at all! And excellently produced as well" though it at the same time crossed me as a bit unoriginal. Other reviewers here mention Mike Patton and Meshuggah, and rightly so. I've listened to this album for several months now (this is a re-edited review) and I must confess - it has haunted me!! By now I'd rate "Drawing Circles" a 4,5 out of 5 (when I first made this review some 3-4 months after a few spins ago I rated it only 3,75)

Also in my humble opinion it is downright narrowminded to rate this album 1 star - sure, everyone can be pissed and have a bad day - but to rate this album so low is simply not representative. No pun intended! Metal is for me about having something to present with energy, atmosphere, rage, technique and innovation. I the best of cases it creates impressions and images within that last - that is why it is so great to discover new bands and music that is worthwhile.
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Format: Audio CD
So, thinking back to when I first heard this band prior to this album, I absolutely loved Polars sans the singer's brash and high-pitch scream vocal style. When this album was released, I wasn't sure how I felt about it initially because - as others have noted - the Textures you get on Polars isn't the Textures you get on Drawing Circles... but that certainly isn't a bad thing at all!

The major difference between Polars and Drawing Circles is composition. Where Polars was more experimental and progressive, Drawing Circles is refined and centers its focus on composition and an even flow of mature song writing. Likewise, the singer on this album is WORLDS better than the singer on Polars, in my humble opinion! The vocals on this album are absolutely perfect for my personal taste. Some people are comparing his style to Phil Anselmo as if it's a negative thing. The heavy vocals are comparable to Phil, but this guy has much more range and creativity. Likewise, this guy's clean vocals blow Phil's out of the water. There's no comparison there.

Musically, this album is far less experimental than Polars but like I said, this album makes up for it in absolutely brilliant composition and very mature song writing. That's not to say there aren't experimental ideas on this album at all, because there certainly are. Production of this album is leaps and bounds better than Polars.

This album is aggressive, brutal, ambient and beautiful all wrapped up into one. The first time you hear Regenesis and you get to the bridge, you're like, "what the...!?" Something else I love about this album that kind of annoys me about Polars is the lack of unnecessarily long synth passages. If you want to hear a complex polymetric passage on this album, check out Denying Gravity about 15 seconds in.
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