Being a popular band in extreme music is interesting to say the least. You can be either completely shunned yet still be massive (FDFP, BVB) or worshipped for your legacy regardless of quality (Pantera, Maiden). I am oversimplifying of course as this is a complex and highly subjective matter.
Architects fall into the latter category. They exploded in popularity in the last few years and are currently among Britain's largest bands.
I, naturally, checked them out and found them OK as I simply lost interest the more I listened. So, it's 2018 now and 'Holly Hell' is out, their first record without founding member Tom Searle who passed away from cancer two years ago. Let's check it out shall we?
The greatest strength of Architects, for me, is undoubtedly their vocalist Sam Carter whose performance here is easily the highlight of his career. His screams are passion incarnate and as he viciously conveys the anger and sadness which define 'Holy Hell' which is basically an ode to Tom. However, when you use one style often that style loses potency and 'Holy Hell' repeats itself a lot. Most songs are run-of-the-mill intro/verse/pre-chorus/chorus/bridge/verse/chorus/outro structured and while that ain't necessarily bad, the songs needs to be good in order to make this work. And most of them are just forgettable. There is nothing new in emulating Gojira or Meshuggah or adding an ocassional dramatic string or electronic section, we all heard that a million times. "Damnation" is the perfect example, we have a clumsy Monuments-like intro, mandatory electronic and string section, generic breakdown and chorus. "A Wasted Hymn" also abuses the strings way too much.
Not all is bad as "Doomsday" truly shines and shows what Architects could sound like if they didn't play it safe. To put it bluntly, 'Holy Hell' is boring when it comes to instrumentation and song structure. At least we get less blerghs. It's a shame considering how much passion went into making this. Ironically, the bands which Architects influenced are usually way more interesting. If I need my modern metalcore fix, Silent Planet or Erra are still my definite go to as 'Holy Hell' is another OK album by an OK band.
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Song: the sirens song
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It's safe to say most metal music started out as guitar-driven and lyrics became more and more important as time moved on. This depends on the subgenre but I am generally all for meaningful lyrics. There is something magical about touching an individual with nothing but with words. Every now and then I find an album whose lyrics truly impress me. Silent Planet's latest release 'Where The End Began' is among those rare records and the fact I found about it one week ago speaks of its competence.
Dealing with subjects such as religion, society, wars and psychology is far from new in this kind of music but Garrett Russell, the band's lead vocalist and founding member, is a master lyricist, one that is well-read, educated and uses various motiffs, references to describe that which plagues or plagued our society in a unique matter. This level of mature lyrics is something more akin to progressive metal but Silent Planet are a metalcore band, one which proudly stands out. It's easy to say that Russell steals the spotlight, especially when you hear his passionate and vicious vocal delivery but make no mistake, every member matters. Camarena's drumming is impressive, almost jazz-like, Stark's agile, angular guitar-work and Freckelton's notable, layered, post-rock infused keyboard-work and clean vocals all give way to an excellent listening experience.
All that I mentioned differs greatly from what we usually associate with metalcore and that is a sign the band is doing something good. "Share The Body" is a brilliant example of how to present a problem but avoid preachyness and cringiness. Russell basically raps here but, ironically enough, overshadows most of the rap scene with his brilliant lyrics and raw delivery. "Lower Empire" is a completely different beast whose strong Cynic vibe show but another side of the band. I can write a lot about this record as the content we are provided with is rich, deep and really thought-provoking. all of this but still being accessible will undoubtedly shape young individuals and that is what we need. While flawed with an odd, submerged-like production and few interlude tracks, this remains a masterpiece of the genre. Superb record.
After Everything Was Sound sold out on vinyl I was kinda mad cuz I couldn't draw Mitch. And buying it from a third party was more than I could go for. But then I got an extra vinyl when their new album dropped. More than pleased to finally have given everyone a piece, and always a pleasure to see them (Tho you I have to draw Juan at some point). Definitely check out their latest album
When The End Began
Nothern Fires//Silent Planet
"I've been digging through timelines, historical bylines
I find the fatal flaw in our design lies Between thoughts we had and words we knew
Between what we're told and what is true Who fuels the fascist? A classist
Inculcating the masses in passes
Under the contrived countenance of contrition"
I think people soon might be accusing me of stealing reviews. But after I only heard good stuff about this record since release and fellow reviewer @lovelothsmusicgazebo
spoke highly about it, I finally was able to do the impossible for me. Listen to a metal core record in 2018 that is. As you could guess, I mean come on I'm a Progsnob, Metalcore and most of this genres bands leave me with a shiver down my spine. It's filled with music and bands I can't stand or look back on without cringe and despair, as my 15 year old self thought this was the coolest stuff around. Listening to generic riffs and the ever so same core vocals would prove a torture to my ears after my music taste evolved quite a bit in the recent times. But yada yada we all know this. To get straight to point I'll just proclaim that Erra and their newest studio effort "Neon" prove that there are always exceptions for every genre.
I never knew core could be so diverse and musically dynamic until listening to this record. The songwriting is surprisingly fresh and solid across the board. I don't want to cite @lovelothsmusicgazebo
do the very word I write, but basically this record consists of catchy choruses,awesome djent-like chugging and interesting guitar leads that take a step into the Instrumental Prog direction for me. And that's definitely a good thing. The biggest turnoff for me initially were the vocals. As you guessed it, the record features the well-known clean vocals of core that very fast fall under the category cringy,emo core. But wait a second,let's not jump the gun here. After really focussing on the vocals you realize that there's more to it than just some generic core stuff. Sadly the latter does not apply to the harsh vocals,which at least to me sound like straight from the machinery standard core. But I'm gladly looking over that fact,because it's not really a thorn in the side for me.
So what's my verdict? Erra - Neon prove that prejudices are sometimes just prejudices. Songs like Ultimata,Unify or Hyperrealitiy are insanely catchy and with it's 42 minutes runtime the band definitely hits the sweet spot for this type of music. Worth a listen!
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Day off in GA going to see Whitechapel tonight
Sumerian Records. You will never find a more wretched hive of generic third wave metalcore chugs and whiny vocals. Wait a minute, they have BTBAM, AAL, Soreption, Thomas Giles, Crosses, things are looking good... Oh no, Asking Alexandria, Puriphury, Veil Of Maya, Body Count, I See Stars, Payale Royale, Upon A Burning Body... yeah this is how I remember things.
I didn't mention one band though, a band which completely caught me off guard and redeems the awful part of Sumerian's roster. Everyone, meet Erra and their latest record 'Neon' which your boy will review now.
Yeah I know what some of you are thinking, metalcore sucks. Converge is metalcore, Killswitch are too but so are Asking Alexandria and most connect metalcore to the last and by far the shitiest band. So, where do Erra fit? Well, progressive metalcore is a thing most are unaware and I think 'Neon' is a superb example to showcase the subgenres' strength. Tight, catchy yet technical compositions are the name of game. With Erra we get dual vocal action in shape of main songwriter, guitarist and clean vocalist Jesse Cash and unclean vocalist J.T. Cavey. And I'll admit, Cash's vocals could sound 'gay' or a bit too whiny to some but not to me. His guitar skill is nothing to scoff at, far from it as 'Neon' is packed with excellent moments, be it complex, melodic riffs, sexy chugs, memorable and soulful solos or extremely catchy choruses, this guy does it all. Cavey's vicious snarls and growls are really satisfying and very easy to understand. The other band members are also on top of their game as they provide you with a diverse sound pallete.
Almost each of the record's ten songs is a hit, from the devastating "Valhalla" to the soaring finale that is "Ultimata", you are thrusted in a whirpool of dynamic songs which even make the tropes of the genre sound fresh. Even those breakdowns.
Everything I hear screams "quality songwriting" and prog metalcore was the last place I thought I would say that. At 42 minutes, 'Neon' actually has a lot of content and benefits from multiple listens. Suprises lurk at every corner so prepare! Check it out as 'Neon' is probably the best metalcore record of 2018.
swear these days are rough🔪
Started writing again about 2 months ago.
Here's a clip of the first song I wrote on the #legator
The RocHaus show is coming up quick! Who’s ready to jam with us, Endostalgia, El Famous, & Alethia this Friday??
A few nights ago I got to attend After The Burial's 10 Year Anniversary Rareform Tour. Everytime I see ATB they blow my mind, and I finally got some good videos of them. It was my first time seeing Make Them Suffer, and they were amazing. Erra, as always, killed it and The Acacia Strain is a favorite to see every time. Can't wait until next year for some new ATB material!
#Rareform #10Years #AfterTheBurial #ATB #Erra #MakeThemSuffer #MTS #TheAcaciaStrain #TAS
After The Burial / The Acacia Strain / Erra / Make Them Suffer / With Dead Hands Rising
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Guiding home our wandering minds~
I never thought I could withstand Pauly Shore when I'm a broken man. #Erra