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France’s Uneven Structure don’t play the sort of metal we normally share on this site. Their style in-general bears many similarities to the still bustling crop of bands who marry Meshuggah-ish guitar picking with bright and melodic guitar tones. The trouble with this stuff is it’s often more fun for musicians to play than for listeners to hear, which may have something to do with the prolific output many of these bands keep up.

Uneven Structure produce less music. Their second album La Partition, streaming below, is their first new suite of songs in six years. Its predecessor, 2011’s Februus, felt playful and tapped into the genre-defying adventurousness that made this sort of music, at least for the first few years, so exciting. The reds have similarities. They’re both through-composed and best absorbed as a single listening experience. They both recall France’s history of great atmospheric and progressive metal groups in their choice of timbres and approach to percussion. I listened to La Partition several times in a loop when I first heard it, and kept finding more interesting details.

Bassist Igor Omodei had this to say:

"Time to set La Partition free, we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do! It's a weird little guy, especially compared to our previous efforts, but it's the way we wanted it to be. Looking forward to see your faces out there live!”

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La Partition will be released tomorrow, 4/21 via Long Branch Recordings/SPV. Order it here. Follow Uneven Structure on Facebook.

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