The Concept Of Dreaming
03. Through the Trees
This review has been a long time coming, and I wish I had gotten to it sooner. But with a full-release scheduled for this year, a late review of their EP will suffice for the anticipation.I first discovered Volumes after hearing them referenced in our Elitist review from a commenter named Tom. After hearing a few songs on their myspace page, I was hooked. I eagerly awaited their EP, and when it finally arrived I must say I was definitely satisfied.
First, the elements that define Volumes are mostly that of djent and deathcore. If you weren’t a fan of either genre prior, this EP probably won’t find you a converted fan. Volumes takes a less technical approach then most bands of this described vein, and in no way is this a bad thing. The listening experience is very direct with a groovy melodic feel, while also balancing moments of bouncy chugging. The opening song “Two-One” highlights this quite well, minus the melody. Next, while I consider the songs less technical this in no way means their structure doesn’t enjoy plenty of transitions to keep the listener interested. The appropriately titled Wormholes, the second track, demonstrates multiple ideas dancing back and forth from start to finish.
“Through the Trees”, track three, is honestly the showcase for me and my favorite track on the album. The song opens with a springy introduction, then plays with some melody, and by mid-song returns to the rhythms of the intro. From here all hell breaks loose. The pace slows down and glides perfectly into one of the most crushing breakdowns I’ve heard. The vocalist(s), I can’t tell if they’re both screaming or not at this point, then deliver the lyrics of “You better fucking run and hide!” which makes this moment that much more evil sounding. If this doesn’t make you want to thrash out, bang your head, or destroy something check your pulse. The cherry on the top is the guitar strumming exchanged in each speaker/earphone at about 3 minutes 8 seconds.Volumes does a great job of not overusing a long period of chugging, which makes the song that much more enjoyable.
The only slight exception to my previous statement would be track four “Starstruck”. The entire song is great up until the end. The climax of the song features some nice chugging, but then stops to hear some lyrics and continues into another breakdown. My problem with this is the song should have just stopped before the clean lyrics. It would have been perfect. But the extended chugging, upon multiple listens, always seems to drag the song out and quite simply does not mesh with the previous 3 minutes and 32 seconds of song design. The melodic feel on the album definitely sounds similar to that of Misery Signals and become most apparent on track five “Intake”. After hearing this song, I would argue Volumes have spun Misery Signals’ second release Mirrors once or twice. Finally, the album closes with a nice instrumental titled “Gateways“. Here the melody evolves from an undertone to a focal point, and serves as a great close to the album.
My only other criticism with the album is the production quality. At times the sound quality seems to carry a sound of static. Despite my complaints, I consider them minor in regard to this EP as a whole. The Concept of Dreaming is a very strong first release for the band, and I can’t wait to hear what their first full-length has to offer. The straightforward song-design blended with melody creates a memorable, catchy, and distinguished sound. I recommend this album for fans of The Contortionist. In fact I consider it to be something like dessert. Once you’re finished digesting Exoplanet, The Concept of Dreaming is like eating ice cream. The only difference is this dessert has the potential to replace your main course.
Volumes – The Concept of Dreaming gets…