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Textures: Phenotype

Album Review

Tech-metal pioneers put the djent into genetics

With so many djent-styled band saturating the scene it’s easy to forget that Textures were making groundbreaking tech-metal long before seven-string guitars were de rigeur.

They are achingly slow to release albums but their fifth release, one half of a conceptual two-parter to be completed by Genotype later in the year, is a sturdy reminder that these Dutch proggers are world class. Procuring a new guitarist in the shape of Joe Tal has done them some favours; the harmonies are life-affirming and emotive, the slower moments are bewitched by sublimely produced melodies and the dizzying solos by Tal take Phenotype out of the sterilised tech landscape into more commercial pastures.

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