Architects – The Here and The Now Album
The Architects hail from Brighton, England and were founded in 2004. The Here and Now is their fourth studio album and it will melt your face off. The Architects have a brutal metal core sound, but they incorporate more melodic vocals, punk driven sections, and general progressive leaning moments of ‘this can’t be metal!’ mischief.
For the most part Architects are extremely brutal metal at it’s ugliest…but somehow they always work in a catchy melody and a chorus or two. Let me try to re-phrase this….they can go from the heaviest and most brutal sounds ever conceived, to poppy punk choruses, to shoegaze, to Faith No More inspired refrains and then to the most deathly, brutal hardcore all in one song. And this is not all the tricks The Architects have up their sleeves. You really must hear The Here and Now at maximum volume and let it floor you to get the full effect.
The first song ‘Day In, Day Out’ is completely addictive, with acidic, screaming vocals, melodic mid-sections, and shouted choruses all backing an insane riff. Track two ‘Learn to Live’ is a bit more straight forward with the melody but still brutal. One thing you will quickly notice with The Architects is that the guitar melodies are more than a bit complex, heading over into prog territory. One of the stand out songs is ‘Delete, Rewind’, featuring some of the most blinding, lurching, psychotic bursts of metal fury I have ever heard. Then you have ‘BTN‘. There is such a brutal intro to this song, with some classic melodic metal vocals. It’s one of my favorites.
What I love about Architects is their unabashed experimentation. Witness ‘Open Letter to Myself’ – These guys know what they are doing. It’s a great move to incorporate acoustic, electro drop beats, and shoe gaze into their sound. Of course the song explodes later, but it is all in the right context. Things grow even more complex with ‘The Blues’ with a pure evil bass line backed with ambient guitar work that comes out of nowhere amidst a wall of fury. The strangely beautiful heaviness continues throughout the album, with some impressive dissonance on ‘Stay Young Forever’. ‘Heartburn’ is another quiet, shoe gaze driven song that will keep you spinning….until you hear the brutal final song ‘Year in Year Out/Up and Away’, which is easily the most frighteningly heavy/catchy song of the entire disc. There is a hidden track at the end laden with Spaghetti Western guitar work as well.
If you live in the UK this disc will be out now. If you are in the US it will be out on January 25th. Wherever you live, pick up The Architects’ The Here and Now as soon as you can. It’s on Century Media.