Basick Records have a habit of signing the best new progressive bands, and Uneven Structure are no exception. Februus is a concept album, which I interpret as being about the how you change from birth to reaching your goals. Uneven Structure's quantity of members (vocals, drums, bass and three guitars) allows them to put in a lot of different layers, while most of the time one of the guitars is providing a huge ambient wall that hovers gracefully over the album. It's one of those albums that must be listened to from start to finish without interruption and have your full attention throughout for maximum effect. The opening track, Awaken, is extremely heavy, as Mattheiu's harsh vocals are introduced alongside the low-tuned 8-string guitars delivering complicated grooves at ridiculous speed. These guys are extremely good and making things flow, with seamless transitions between calm ambience with clean vocals and the brutal storm, and even give a complete flow across the entire album itself, such as when Exmersion provides a chance to catch your breath in between having your mind blown by Hail and Buds. A unique point about this album is that there is no repetition in the lyrics at all on the album, and almost every vocal line in rhythmically different. The words may not be delivered with perfect pronunciation, but they can easily be forgiven as English isn't their first language and the lyrics are best read with a dictionary nearby for when what I wonder what a 'macrocosm' or 'bulwark' is.
I love how the album isn't rushed at all. There are a lot of clever motifs in this album, linking all the parts together in a subtle way, and an extended instrumental section building up to the massive end of Plenitude and Finale. These two tracks are just beyond words, but the last line of Plenitude seems to describe it quite well: 'A measureless momentum where matter and mind collapses together to commute into plenitude'. As the instrumental Finale slowly fades out to leave only ambience, I'm left wishing there was more, having thoroughly enjoyed the experience once more.
Also, there is a second disc in Februus' beautiful digipack format. I have never seen the band mention it, but it is three long tracks of ambience. My favourite here is the 15 minutes track entitled 'Promises Of Our Early Days', which sounds so nice, is extremely relaxing, and takes my mind on a peaceful journey.
If you like anything progressive, this album is neccesary for you!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Dew Upon Shapeless Bounds
2 Winds from Untold Memories
3 Promises of our Early Days