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5.0 out of 5 stars We miss you, Eric...but we love you, Daniel!, October 24, 2011
This review is from: Dualism (MP3 Music)
When it was announced that Eric Kalsbeek was leaving Textures, it was quite a scary thought. And I'll admit I was very worried for the band. He is probably on my Top 5 list of all-time great vocalists. Filling those shoes was never going to be easy. I mean, how many bands who have replaced their vocalists have really been able to get on with life comfortably? For every AC/DC and Van Halen, there are probably 50 other bands that have been slaughtered in their reviews when they switched singers. Well, Textures is not on that list by a long shot, at least for me.

Daniel de Jongh is incredible, mind-blowing, and a monster vocalist in his own right. If anyone was capable of filling Eric's shoes, it was Daniel. I don't want to get into comparing the two. I think that's just not fair. I will always cherish Eric's legacy, but I'm really pleased with Dualism and very excited about the future for Textures. A shout-out to the young new keyboardist, Uri Dijk, who has taken over from Richard Rietdijk, and done a stellar job as well.

The album starts with "Arms of the Sea" - a short catchy riff which quickly explodes into sonic heaviness and djenty riffage. Daniel's vocals switch from brutal to atmospheric with ease, hitting those high notes quite effortlessly. He's got a nice, raw edge to his singing, which is refreshing too. Other favorites on the album are Consonant Hemispheres, Burning the Midnight Oil (instrumental) and Foreclosure. Reaching Home - the marketed single - was very good too, but has a more commercial feel to it (which is probably why they picked it for a video). All in all, you can't go wrong here.

To top it off, they're just awesome blokes. My friends and I hung out with them at the Portland gig, and they were extremely friendly and chatty, and didn't have an iota of arrogance.

If Textures is the future of heavy metal, then the future is bright.
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Initial post: Dec 5, 2011 10:21:03 AM PST
babytrina says:
not enough "reviewing" of the music itself/muscianship..no helpfull comparisons either.reviewer assumes that reader knows the band & its music.r they on tour currently?W/who?hows the sound quality of this release?engineer etc.!who's in the band?where r they from?I GAVE UP ESP.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 11:00:58 AM PST
Babytrina - people like you deserve to be banned on here for trolling. Go back and look at your own reviews first. It is perfectly fine to assume that you're familiar with the music of Textures. We are here to review a record, not initiate you into music. As for musicianship, I think I covered it pretty well.
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