[This was originally posted on Facebook only, but I thought I'd make it a bit more accessible and get in in here. Just forgot about it for a couple of years].
2011 is coming to an end, and I figured I'd start looking back on some of the music that has emerged on my horizon this year. It's not all new, it's not all brilliant - but it all interests me in some way or another. I thought I'd share.
The progressive metal/mathcore/whatchamacallit band from the Netherlands recently went through a big change, with a couple of key members being replaced. When the smoke cleared and the new lineup released Textures' fourth album in 2011, "Dualism", we ended up with something new and different. But not. Which is good!
To clarify: It's like a new, but equally skilled band with an identical musical philosophy plays a mix of cover tunes and new tunes from the old band. There.
"Dualism" may not be the best album from Textures, but it's pretty damn good. Hard, complex, melodic and worth exploring over and over again.
Here's a fairly mild and accessible track - "Reaching Home":