Structures - Life Through A Window

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Review by Sam Lang

Structures’ sophomore release, Life Through A Window, is a bombardment of aggression and malice set in motion at breakneck tempos that redefine your traditional “sense of urgency.” From the whirlwind opener (“Buried”) that pays direct homage to AMC’s modern classic Breaking Bad, to the anthemic firecracker “Follower,” and the incendiary lead single “The Worst Of Both Worlds,” Life Through A Window comes in like a freight train with 40+ minutes of unrelenting fury.

Life Through A Window is also the first release since the departure of former lead vocalist Nick Xourafas in 2013. Most audiences will be apprehensive to the change, but fear not, as lead guitarist (and now lead vocalist), Brendon Padjasek, reinvents the band’s musical ferocity with his own audacious spark, brimming with a rancorous bite à la Sam Carter (Architects) and Drew York (Stray From The Path). Padjasek’s merciless onslaught is fully realized on the blisteringly rampant “My Conscience,” where any lingering ties to Structures’ debut record Divided By are all but cut— setting the stage for a daunting follow-up in the not too distant future.

Even with their “new” vocalist at the helm, Structures’ musical approach remains the same; struggles with reality, inner-torment and regret/guilt feed this beast as thundering breakdowns and chaos-inspired guitar riffs leave you gasping for air. Life Through A Window strikes gold.

Rating: 4.5/5

Listen to "My Conscience"