Volumes are gearing up to release their third album Different Animals via Fearless Records. This is the first album since the departure of vocalist Michael Barr, with Myke Terry (previously of Bury Your Dead) stepping up as replacement. Following on from 2014 No Sleep which was a huge success and propelled the band into the metal spotlight. It’s now been nearly 3 years since that release with fans eager for more despite recent controversies and line up change. The new album is definitely a different animal to previous releases consisting of tracks that are more radio friendly mixed with the djent sound they are so well known for giving a new sound and approach to the band’s heavy style.
Kicking off Different Animals is opening track Waves Control which has that signature Volumes sound of heavy grooves blended with ambient undertones and layers, with the new addition of Myke Terry bringing his own flare to the tracks. This is highlighted on the next track Finite which has grown on us since first listening to it having a catchy intro that’s repeated in the chorus getting stuck in your head and keep us coming back to listen again and again.
This brings us to the first single off the album Feels Good with accompanying music video which admittedly when they first released this we weren’t fans of it. We were screaming out for old Volumes not this new almost pop music version, it wasn’t until seeing them perform it live last year at o2 Islington supporting Born Of Osiris that the song took on new meaning and stood out from every other Volumes track for us. The second single On Her Mind is a different story with backlash from fans over the cringe worthy rapping by Pouya, overall it’s not a bad track and we like the simplistic nature of the main riff that works so well just minus the rapping. The song Hope also has some rapping on it but is much more suitable to the track and has a great chorus that puts this as one of our favourites of the album. There’s also tracks for the early Volumes fans with Disaster Vehicle and Left For Dead giving you that volatile and dynamic heaviness we are use to hearing from the Los Angeles based outfit. With Left For Dead having one of the best kick ins that’s full of energy and makes you want to go mad to.
The new album takes a few listens to get into we found but the more we listen the more it grows on us, the production is outstanding, can’t get enough of Grammy award winner Diego Farias riffs and tone, enjoy the blend of the Gus Farias and Myke Terry bouncing off each other (which is even more awesome to witness live) and this combined with powerhouse bassist Raad Soudani and drummer Nick Ursich makes Volumes still a great band with lots of potential. While they might lose fans with their new direction I’m sure they will make just as many new fans with Different Animals which is due out 9th June.
New direction and approach mixed with classic Volumes sound from LA rockers