|Review: Structure Seven - Unknown Perimeters|
Year released: 2014
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: August 30, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 0/5 (0%) (0 Votes)
Structure Seven hails from the Deventer area of The Netherlands and that country's unique take on music can certainly be heard on the band's 2014 album Unknown Perimeters. The band identifies their music as Progressive Metal/Rock and while there is Metal on the album, there's a larger share of Prog Rock on Unknown Perimeters. The noodling isn't overly complicated or technical but it is a lot jazzier than we're used to hearing in Progressive Metal. That would be enough to make me put this aside after writing my review and never listen to it again, but there are some additional things that I must make the unwary Progressive Metal fan aware of. The vocalist has almost zero charisma and sounds like he's reading the lyrics for the first time as he woodenly sings them. During the track "Alienated," he shows a bit of emotion but it is because he sounds like he's getting strangled. Much of the music is like Nothingface-era Voivod mixed with Smashing Pumpkins ("Fading Dignity" is a perfect example), which is fine, if you like that sort of thing, but it is hampered by songwriting that produced a bunch of proggy bits that can only loosely be called songs.
These guys apparently had their first go-round in the mid-90s and split up for nearly 20 years before reforming. They should have stayed broken up, as between the lackluster vocals and the self-indulgent songwriting, there is very little on Unknown Perimeters worth your time.
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