Since the progressive group Structural Disorder released their full length debut The Edge Of Insanity in 2014 they have gone on to sign with Lion Music a label with such a impressive roster of bands. I remember favourably reviewing Structural Disorder's first album so I was curious to hear the progressive metal groups follow up.The Edge Of Insanity was a complex and varied album with a range of vocals that got quite harsh. Distance is the new album and the band have clearly developed their sound somewhat since and the result is an even more appealing album. I have to say that cover artwork for Distance certainly caught my attention, it's effective and quite out of the norm to say the least.
The Swedish groups influences range from Dream Theater, Opeth, Pain of Salvation and Porcupine Tree to the heavy and complex hitters Meshuggah which is reflected in their songs and it's that range that allows Structural Disorder to present something quite varied. Featuring chugging riffage on the first track "Desert Rain" where there is also a middle eastern feel and melodic vocals with a brief harsher addition which makes for a solid opener. Though proceedings do get even better with the very inviting progressive rock/metal of "Someone to Save" the musical variety and interplay is so well though out as are the vocals, and fans of progressive acts such as Arcane and Karnivool will really dig this one and many of the others for that matter on Distance. "Pyrene" is quite an extensive track loaded with Impressive and tasteful instrumental passages, and Structural Disorder take us "Drifting" as they close out their absorbing new album with yet another strong inclusion.
1. Desert Rain
2. Someone to Save
4. The Herculean Tree
5. Lightbulb Lover