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Architects [UK]

Architects [UK]: Hollow CrownHollow Crown (2009)
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I went into this one a skeptic. I was ready to talk about how I wished these guys would have broken up instead of the Gorgeous and rant about how weak melodic metalcore has become (or, arguably, has always been). As it turns out, I was totally wrong. Hollow Crown surprised the shit out of me. Rig.
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I went into this one a skeptic. I was ready to talk about how I wished these guys would have broken up instead of the Gorgeous and rant about how weak melodic metalcore has become (or, arguably, has always been). As it turns out, I was totally wrong.

Hollow Crown surprised the shit out of me. Right from the devastating first riff of album opener "Early Grave" through to the second last track (before the obligatory introspective slow jam), this album is as fast and aggressive as it is heavy. Early on in the album it appears that Architects are going to fall victim to the unfortunate tendency bands like this seem to have -- that is, to follow a formula of aggressive beginnings followed by the pretty melodic sing-along part and the chug-heavy breakdown. Luckily, by the third track they start mixing it up and manage to abstain from the safety of the formula for the majority of the record.

Architects do an excellent job of incorporating more technically demanding bits into their songs. So often heavy bands will fail miserably to make mathy stuff fit well into what they've written and it comes across sounding forced. This is not to say Architects are putting together stuff comparable to Dillinger Escape Plan or Between the Buried and Me, but it's worth mentioning nonetheless.

There's a good chance that the decision to give this album a try was already made when the words "melodic metalcore" were read by many of you. I had very little hope for this album for essentially the same reason, but I had been a fan of the genre in the past so I decided to give this a shot. All things considered, I'm hugely impressed by Hollow Crown as a whole -- it's frantic, heavy as shit and pulled of with commendable precision. If you're a fan of metalcore you'll likely really enjoy this record, and if you've given up on the genre like I have, you might find hope in Hollow Crown.

 

 
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plaguevisions (March 19, 2009)

This sounds just like suicide season
...production wise

robalobadob (March 19, 2009)

Score is for The Gorgeous. I miss that band.

spoon_of_grimbo (March 18, 2009)

i actually got introduced to this band's music by their old singer's then-girlfriend before the first album was released. kinda liked them but i never got round to seeing them live. it's taken me a while to get fully into them, but i'd definitely go to one of their gigs now if i got the chance.

i think the current singer's clean vocals are great but his harsh vocals aren't as good as the old singer's. that said, this is a fucking solid album.

ozmanx (March 17, 2009)

Is this The Gadjits new band?

AndyP (March 17, 2009)

First four seconds of this album are IMMENSE, then it tails off...

moneenerd (March 17, 2009)

My metalcore/screamo friens are absolutely ga-ga for this band. I think they're a rad band too... until they start singing. I find that with a lot of DISTORT bands. Architects is really heavy and loud and technical, but then they add all these really cheesy melodic emo parts out of nowhere that don't really fit in with the crushing metal songs. The same goes for A Textbook Tragedy -- a sick tech metalcore band that ruins their songs in favor for weak melodic parts.

Architects reminds me of The End's "Within Dividia" but with bad singing. It's too bad -- these guys could have been great!

brown (March 17, 2009)

Nightmares was a good album, though everything else afterwards was pretty "meh". They had potential I guess.

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