Genre: Progressive Metalcore
"We love to make music that makes your ears bleed," says Jochem Jacobs, guitarist of TEXTURES - the most mind-bending Dutch experience not available in a coffee house or the red light district; "It's all about layering and transitions from calm, serene passages to aggressive, hyped up stuff. We like to play with atmosphere a lot too, and vary a lot of stuff while still maintaining an overall sense of cohesion."
Formed in 2001, TEXTURES - Jacobs, guitarist Bart Hennephof, drummer Stef Broks, bassist Dennis Aarts, synth maestro Richard Rietdijk and then vocalist Pieter Verpaalen - decided that the only way to truly capture their musical manifesto was to tackle every element of creating an album themselves - from production through to artwork.
The result of these considerable efforts was TEXTURES' 2003 debut 'Polars', an album practically overspilling with ideas, the Dutch sextet merging the polyrhythmic attack of Meshuggah with Devin Townsend influenced soaring melody and stacks of imagination to epic effect.
Rapturously received by the press both home and abroad, 'Polars' was bestowed with an Essent Award for 'Most Promising Act' in 2004, TEXTURES hitting the road hot on the albums heels to rack up shows alongside the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, Morbid Angel, Machine Head and Cult Of Luna as well as putting in crowd leveling performances at Fury Fest and Lowlands. The band was strengthened further with the addition of Eric Kalsbeek to their ranks in place of a departed Pieter, Eric's melodic abilities adding a new dimension to the TEXTURES live show.
But now the time has come for the next chapter; the next layer, if you will, of TEXTURES.
The bands second album 'Drawing Circles' (once again, self produced and self recorded) - to be released April 17th, 2006 via Listenable Records - is a jaw dropping body of work that sees the sextet still frothing with rabid ambition, pushing the envelope of metal and hardcore to its limits; bending and moulding the genres into unexpected new shapes. It is a rare breed of metal/hardcore album where one can find tracks such as 'Illumination' - a subtle exploration of Broadway show tinged melody that showcases Eric Kalsbeek's diverse tonsils - sitting comfortably next to 'Regenesis' - a driving, complex mini-epic of thundering guitar work and guttural screams. But then, 'Drawing Circles' really is unlike anything else you're likely to hear this year, this decade, this century - a true original in a time of repetition.
Upping the ante in heaviness and melody, 'Drawing Circles' is simultaneously richer and more in your face than 'Polars', its ten tracks unrestrained by boundaries, trends or conventions. So what are you waiting for? Perk up your ears, open your mind and prepare to be absorbed, intrigued, and utterly blown away.
- Polars (2003)
- Drawing Circles (2006)
- Silhouettes (2008)
- Dualism (2011)
- Reaching Home (2011)
- Messengers (Acoustic Live Session) (2014)
- New Horizons (2015)
Stef Broks - Drums (2001-present)
Bart "Bastærd" Hennephof - Guitars (2001-present)
Remko Tielemans - Bass (2007-present)
Uri Dijk - Keyboards (2010-present)
Daniel de Jongh - Vocals (2010-present)
Joe Tal - Guitars (2013-present)
Dennis Aarts - Bass (2001-2007)
Jochem Jacobs - Guitars, Vocals (2001-2013)
Richard Rietdijk - Keyboards (2001-2010)
Rom De Leeuw - Vocals (2001-2002)
Pieter Verpaalen - Vocals (2002-2004)
Eric Kalsbeek - Vocals (2004-2010)