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Textures — Phenotype

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★★ This followup to the 2011 prog masterclass “Dualism” finds the band doubling down on their Meshuggahness. This results in ridiculous heaviness when the band want to wield it, and next-level time signature/syncopation madness. The danger here is that their penchant for slippery rhythm goes so far as to make some sections virtually headbang-proof, the cleverness-for-clever’s-sake coming at the cost of effective emotional delivery. And the second half of the album drags a bit for sure, as a consequence of the band’s kitchen-sink songwriting approach. Still, this is a must-listen.