Uncompromisingly heavy. Uniquely devastating. Only a couple of words that come close to describing the new STRUC/TURES record Divided By. Mixing together the brutality of DESPISED ICON and mixing it with a touch of IWRESTLEDABEARONCE’s finer spazz out moments, actually sounding more like (THE) PLASMARIFLE than anything, Divided By, the bands debut, is an insane trip through metal and hardcore done without limits or constraints. Starting off the record with ‘At Las[T]‘ sets expectations high as everything seems set to explode from the intense energy. Without breathing, every track comes out swinging and leveling buildings in the process. The chaos is infectious as STRUC/TURES weaves a tight web of overly destructive songs. Tracks like ‘Paralyzed___’ excel at this. Thunderous drumming, deadly heavy breakdowns and yes, a poppy style chorus, all easily make this confusing and exciting at the same time, but never dull. The musical talent these kids from Toronto have is unmatched. They even have high profile friends from the great North exercising their vocal talents on ‘Clockwork’, an extremely brutal and direct attack on the listeners ear drums. Divided By could easily be the soundtrack to your next mental breakdown as well as what gets you through traffic or a shit day at work/school. Thank you STRUC/TURES for such an intense record. -by Jon Hole
Recommended Listening: ‘At Las[T]‘, ‘Clockwork’, ‘Tunnel Vision’ & ‘I.N.T.E.N.T.’
Guest appearances: Alex Erian (ex-Despised Icon) & Kevin McCaughey (Ion Dissonance) on ‘Clockwork’ and Frankie Palmerri (Emmure) on ‘Relapse; Signs.’
Produced by: Will Putney at the Machine Shop.
Release date: October 24, 2011
In conclusion…Struc/tures proves that “heavy” doesn’t mean “limited” with their debut full length Divided By. Mixing together the finer points of aggressive metal and hardcore with a Mr. Bungle sensibility, they are set to destroy.
SECOND OPINION REVIEW:
STRUC/TURES – Divided By
[Sumerian Records] – Verdict: 9/10
This was a great surprise. I had never heard of this band, so I went into Divided By with no expectations. The opening track, “At Las[T]”, makes new listeners assume these guys are some form of death metal, but Struc/tures quickly proves you wrong. Divided By is not only diverse and all over the place, it’s damn fun. It’s mix of chaos and melody works wonders, giving them a comfortable place on my playlist for weeks to come.
> Recommended Tracks: “Encounter…”, “Paralyzed___”, “Clockwork”, “Tunnel Vision”, “/”