Textures - Dualism

Since the release of their debut “Polars” in 2003, Holland’s Textures have been gradually building a strong reputation as one of the most challenging and skilful acts in the metal scene, which now culminates in their most recent release ‘Dualism’. A record that marks a few firsts for the band, it’s the first album featuring new vocalist Daniel De Jongh and new keyboard player Uri Dijk, and it’s their first effort for Nuclear Blast, following three records on Listenable Records.
“Dualism” also sees the quintet moving towards a more progressive sound, yet you’ll only start noticing that change when third theme “Reaching Home” pops in with one of mellowest vocal melodies and most soothing chord progressions of their entire career. New singer Daniel De Jongh does a great job assuming the role left vacant by Eric Kalsbeek and his powerful, dynamic voice suits Textures' sound extremely well.
This new album offers plenty of quieter, subtle moments that could sit happily alongside someone like Marillion or Riverside, particularly “Consonant Hemispheres” and “Foreclosure”. These songs reflect a more subtle and polished side of Textures, with charming melodies that express some serious 80’s prog affection.
However, don't despair, they haven't abruptly morphed into a prog-fixated act like Opeth did on their latest work as “Dualism” still offers plenty of powerful, assertive and challenging moments. Songs like “Black Horses Stampede” and “Singularity” stand out, erupting from the speakers with vigorous and forceful intent.
“Dualism” is a mighty and accomplished record, the one that will surely promote Textures to the premier league. (9/10)

David Alexandre

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