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Architects
Ruin
March 2009
Released: 2008, Century Media Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Crystal Rhynes

Almost every 18-year old kid wants to be a rock star. Well the five kids who make up the metal band Architects are well on their way. Don’t let the age of the band members fool you, this band sounds like they have been playing together for 20 years.



With super-tight, chunky, metal guitar riffs, a meaty bass line, and rapid-fire rhythms this band is destined to bring some serious head-banging to your morning car pool. Right off the bat, track #1, “Buried at Sea”, assaults your ears with an onslaught of aggression. This auditory attack continues throughout the entire album. The only melodic break on the CD is the instrumental, “Sail This Ship Alone”, and even that is oppressive and wonderfully heavy.



My personal favorite track on the album is #4, “Always”, due in no small part to the superb cooperation of the dual guitars and the way the drums caused my heart to pound nearly out of my chest. My one and only criticism of the CD is that the vocalist tends to get the slightest bit shrill on some of the longer screams, but that probably has more to do with the fact that I am a child of the 80s (and a girl) and I prefer less distorted vocals, rather than any lack of skill on the part of singer, Sam Carter.



If you are a fan of Lamb of God or Shadows Fall, then you absolutely need to add RUIN to your collection. My lasting impression is that a band with this much energy in the studio must kick some SERIOUS ass live. And I, for one, look forward to being in the pit!
Track Listing

1. Buried at Sea
2. Hunt Them Down
3. You’ll Find Safety
4. Always
5. Sail This Ship Alone
6. Heartless
7. North Lane
8. I Can’t See the Light
9. Low
10. Running from the Sun
11. Save Me
12. Broken Clocks

Lineup

Sam Carter – Vocals
Tom Searle – Guitar
Tim Hiller-Brook – Guitar
Ali Dean – Bass
Dan Searle – Drums

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Architects
Ruin
September 2008
Released: 2008, Century Media Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

British metalcore upstarts Architects seem to be causing quite a stir, despite playing a genre that is well past its prime. Century Media Records just snatched up the rights to re-release the band’s 2007 sophomore album, RUIN, and based on the accompanying press materials, well, these guys are the greatest goddamned band to have ever picked up a guitar. In truth, RUIN is a dozen songs of noisy, progressive, technical metalcore played by five eighteen-year old blokes from Brighton, England but Archtiects manages to combine the brutal melodies of bands like August Burns Red with the fancy-pants atmospherics of Misery Signals. Throw in a smattering of Unearth-ish guitar runs and RUIN has all the makings for a pretty killer album with a fresh twist on some familiar sounds.



Vocalist Sam Carter makes his recording debut with the band on RUIN and his range immediately brings to mind that of Misery Signals’ Karl Schubach. Most of the time, Carter’s harsh bellow fits the material well. He uses his clean vocals minimally but effectively (“North Lane,” “You’ll Find Safety”) and they never list into that whiny emo territory that sinks many bands, so he is a good all-around vocalist. Tom Searle and Tim Hillier-Brook do a splendid job of driving home punchy riffs and slipping in a few well-crafted solos that fit but never overtake the songs. “Buried At Sea” boasts some serious flash and “Low” soars on one of the most melodic and gorgeous riffs of the year. Taking some influence from bands like Burst and Cult of Luna, plenty of atmospherics work their way into the songs, adding serious depth to “Always,” “Low” and “Sail This Ship Alone.” Whether the band digs into a pit-ready groove (“Heartless,” “I Can’t See The Light”), goes all out with screechy, lurching mathcore (“You’ll Find Safety”) or reels things in for some complex experimentation (“Save Me”), Architects make it appear effortless.



There aren’t many bands that are able to breathe some life into the collapsed lungs of metalcore but Architects have done so on RUIN. They aren’t reinventing the wheel or doing anything groundbreaking but they do manage to pull in different influences to create an enjoyable and memorable record, which is even more remarkable given their young age. If Architects is able to progress and grow accordingly, their next album (due for release in spring 2009 on Century Media) could be the one that breaks them.



KILLER KUTS: “Buried At Sea,” “You’ll Find Safety,” “Always,” “Heartless,” “North Lane,” “Low”
Track Listing

1. Buried At Sea
2. Hunt Them Down
3. You'll Find Safety
4. Always
5. Sail This Ship Alone (Instrumental)
6. Heartless
7. North Lane
8. I Can't See The Light
9. Low
10. Running From The Sun
11. Save Me
12. Broken Clocks

Lineup

Sam Carter—Vocals
Tom Searle—Guitar
Tim Hillier-Brook—Guitar
Ali Dean—Bass
Dan Searle—Drums

Other reviews

» Ruin
by Crystal Rhynes

» Ruin
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Hollow Crown
by Bruce Sanchez


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