Architects / The Here And Now / Century Media
Caught in a web of expectations and artists exploding in a hand-grenade fashion, the Brighton metalcore rockers look lost on The Here And Now, especially with 2009’s Hollow Crown being smothered with praises. The truth be told, it’s not entirely the case; where primal melodies are encouraged, Architects trade simplicity for experimentation. The group test open waters with guest appearances (Greg Puciato, Andrew Neuman), drips of feedback and a new found vocal range. Impulsive and effective, the awakening of vintage alternative punk strikes a lethal chord (“BTN”). Even more original numbers (“Stay Young Forever”) do damage, maintaining a consistent pace until Sam Carter’s voice is pummeled into the dark.
“Heartburn” and “Red Eyes” are foreign to Architects followers and are begging to be fed to the wolves because of how they deteriorate the record’s personality. The stripped down tone is too innocent, too heartfelt, convincing listeners to neglect odes to naked alt rock (“An Open Letter To Myself”) they would have covered with their high school outfit back in the Hidden In A Plain View glory days. Architects have to yet to flag the balance of styles and unclean vocals, but it’s a challenge when experimenting and creating numbers that quietly mime pre-radio Alexisonfire (“Delete, Rewind”).
Download: “BTN”, “Delete, Rewind”
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