From Parkway Drive to Northlane, Twelve Foot Ninja, Voyager and beyond, the Australian music scene has consistently produced a plethora of stand-out modern metal acts for fans to enjoy. Melbourne-based quintet FIGURES step up to join the fight with their epic debut album ‘Operating In Unsafe Mode’, which is out now and available to purchase and stream here.
Presenting yet more of Figures’ distinctive take on melodic metal, ‘Operating In Unsafe Mode’ violently ramps the intensity up in a significant way. With equal parts soaring melodies, blistering riffs and rage, rock and metal influence blend together with a peppering of prog to maintain a steady and exciting pace from start to finish.
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Figures’ debut album explores themes of dehumanisation, isolation and oppression, all through the idea of mass media influence and manipulation.
Of this concept, vocalist Mark Tronson comments:
“I never thought of us as a political band, I always try to write personally and introspectively as I’ve never had thought I’d have the confidence or the gusto to have something to say on a much grander scheme. There are mild glimpses of it in our previous EPs, like in our first single Filter, but not to this degree. But sometimes things just bubble to the surface. we are living in some truly frustrating times, and our anger and frustration at the world has really come out in this album.”
“We talked about themes of artificial intelligence and weird technology as an aesthetic basis for the music, but over time the idea warped into a malfunctioning, broken version of that, which then came through both lyrically and in the vocal performance. We wanted it to sound powerful and yet unhinged, even broken – to have a big polished sound suited to the music of today, but to maintain that visceral and uncomfortable intensity of the very early works of Deftones: Around The Fur and Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile.”