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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2016)
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2016
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B0186XQFHO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album for me recalls a lot of what caught my attention back on Silhouettes and a lot of what made Dualism such a powerful force. Phenotype is easily their heaviest and most blatantly technical release (without being unnecessarily showy). There's a lot of unexpected moments on this record that show how they're constantly pushing their music in all creative directions. I will say that the record "feels" short but it really isn't in all actuality. I think it is shorter than the last several releases which may have me feeling that way. If you've enjoyed their last two records I would be shocked if you didn't enjoy this one. The three singles (New Horizons, Illuminate the Trail, and Shaping a Single Grain of Sand) give a really good sampling of what to expect on this album. For my part I was thoroughly pleased and am currently loving it. Plus knowing that Phenotype's counterpart, Genotype will be out in 2017 gets me even more excited.

-- M.Jent
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This album is currently by far the best album I've bought in 2016 and among the best from the past few years as well. However, there are a few caveats here. This album is different than other Textures albums and you can really here the influence from other bands. Meshuggah shines through in the first song (Oceans Collide) and Persefone comes through with the keyboard and guitar riffs in the fourth song (Illuminate the Trail). However, none of these songs is something you'd hear from any other band, including the two I mentioned above.

Phenotype, just as the album intends, builds upon the considerable foundation of Textures previous works and that of other bands to build something new and unique. It's going to hit you hard and not just from the growl of the seventh string or bass drum. The lyrics are well written and the hooks spread throughout the songs are powerful.

With all this in mind, I would caution you against buying the MP3 version of this album. A lot of growls and screems suffer under compression, but Textures vocals in particular suffer here and the songs become less enjoyable. Find a big sound stage where you can really feel this album to get the full experience. Headphones are not recommended. You want to be able to feel the guitars and drums kick you in the stomach during the intro to New Horizons and more.

With all that said, this album is very, very good. My personal favorite of Textures and currently one of the albums I listen to most. If you are looking for a band between TesseracT and Mushuggah with some other influences as well thrown into the mix then grab this album and don't look back.

I'd also note here that unlike many newer albums, this album is still designed to be played front to back. At least on your first playthrough turn shuffle off and listen through the whole thing.
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By NAN on March 29, 2016
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Just another solid album from an all-around great band. I felt as though this album in particular brought back some heavy content and brutality that was apparent in Silhouettes. That being said it has a new identity that resonates with me and they include different instruments and sounds in certain songs, which is refreshing. Zman is the reason piano will always be my favorite instrument.
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Drawing circles is still my favorite, but this is excellent. I'm looking forward to Genotype.
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Killer album..very technical!
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