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Architects

Architects: RevengeRevenge (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


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Being a punk band and being a punk-influenced band are two separate entities that people do sometimes get confused. Bad Religion, now they're a punk band. Architects, now they're a punk-influenced band. Rising from the remains of the well-liked Gadjits, this four-piece would like to now be known for.
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Being a punk band and being a punk-influenced band are two separate entities that people do sometimes get confused. Bad Religion, now they're a punk band. Architects, now they're a punk-influenced band. Rising from the remains of the well-liked Gadjits, this four-piece would like to now be known for the work under the name Architects. But have they provided an effort worth being known for?

Yes, yes they have. And it's one of those records that isn't good for any specific reason you can put your finger on, it's the unspoken, unnoticed things the band did that make this disc worth many a spin. The album honestly sounds like something I wouldn't normally listen to, sounds like it could potentially be on alternative rock radio, but something's different. There's a real tenacity and fire in the vocals, a real honest blues-infused rock feel on the guitars -- the album has personality.

Now back to that punk influence I touched on earlier. It's not everywhere, only in certain tracks, actually, but pieces of Rancid, pieces of Hot Water music can be found, in the anthemic vocals and scruffy delivery, respectively. It may not be much, but it's enough to notice. Architects don't employ the back-and-forth vocal styles that garnered Hot Water Music such a trademark, but I'd be a liar if I said that songs like "Bury My Heart in Lebanon" don't remind of Chuck Ragan. The song has a solid mid-pace tempo, with some more explosive moments when the guitars splash back in after the bridge, and the structure never lets itself become boring.

"Body Armor" is a much more upbeat song, with the bass thumping and the guitarists working as a terrific team to create a harsh sound with some melodic roots. The "whoa oh oh"s at the end are a bit understated, but they do give one last push before the song is over. The record is full of good rock tunes with a lot of soul and attitude, and while it may be a far cry from the days of the Gadjits, these guys know what they're doing.

 

 
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editcutlife (April 25, 2006)

The Architects are the best band in rock today.

Anonymous (April 23, 2006)

Man the gadjits had some hooks and shit, but listening to their records was like listening to a mickey-mouse musicbox in terms of production levels. Couldn't they afford studio time or something?

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

Its good....I still prefer the last gadjits record I think,but this is good too. spin called them a "midwestern against me!", i think thats a decent description.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

this record is great. seriously...i love it....

it's a bit more hard-edged than their last record, "keys to the building", but it leaves you feeling great. in parts, it kind of has an early AC/DC feel to it. definately check it out.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

God damn that artwork is horrible. Looks like somebody stole a load of images off of google and pasted them together.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

George Costanza's favorite band.

I liked the Gadjits, so I'll probably check this out.

Score's for "Beautiful Girl"

TahoeJeff (April 21, 2006)

I'll probably check this out.

As far as the NOFX review goes, I'd be willing to bet that they're waiting for Hein to finish his yearly review for it...thats just my guess though...

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

Not to be a dick but, where's the NOFX review?

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