Architects
Hollow Crown


3.0
good

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
February 10th, 2009 | 1510 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Architects ditch their earlier sound and craft a solid but boring album.

Metalcore is a troublesome genre, what once started off as an underground expansion of the hardcore punk sound has since become an extremely overplayed style that caters to anyone with tight jeans and a long fringe. As such the quantity of Metalcore bands has risen whilst the overall quality of the genre has crashed. So where does a band like Architects fit in all this mess? Well, somewhere in the middle.

Architects started off as a very technical almost Mathcore like band, since then they’ve changed vocalists and starting with their second full-length “Ruin” have begun moving toward a more stripped down, less technical approach. That being said there is still plenty of technical riffage and interesting drumming patterns to keep fans satisfied. Perhaps a downside to this being the bass getting lost among some of the meatier patterns, although the bass is still present in most tracks.

The song writing on the album has improved with the entire band seeming tighter. Rather than throwing in complex guitar work and hoping it fits the band has focused more on using their occasional flourishes into technicality to serve as highlights of songs. The more simplistic song structure allows the listener breathing room and gives one the chance to focus on other elements of the album, namely the vocal work.

Speaking of vocals, Sam is a competent if slightly repetitive vocalist. His harsh vocals are filled with pain and discontent but suffer from relatively small range. Similarly his cleans rarely stray beyond his rather limited comfort zone. That being said his performance is undoubtedly sincere and if nothing else demonstrates just how much emotion was put into this album.

So what is it that brings this album down? Repetition. At the end of the day the album is far to repetitive, many songs blend together and the majority of the songs lack musical elements to set themselves apart from the other tracks on the album. Twelve tracks of Sam’s vocals can seem like a chore at times and the accompanying gang vocals in certain tracks don’t do much to complement the album.

“Hollow Crown” shares a major similarity with “Ruin” in its inaccessibility by comparison to the band’s earlier work Nightmares. The ironic downside to this being that the most accessible track on the album is also the most generic; the title track borders on being a ballad and draws comparison to epic Metalcore ballads like Misery Signals’ Difference of Vengeance and Wrongs or Underoath’s Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear although it lacks the impressive structure of either of those songs.

So at the end of the day Architects have released a solid but lacking album. To write the album off as “Just another Metalcore record” would be a crime but to praise it as some great achievement in the genre would be equally ignorant. If anything the band isn’t so much bad as it is lacking in new ideas. As a wise man once said “It’s all been done before” and I would think the band needs a serious change for their next release to make up for this solid but dull album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
gaslightanthem
February 10th 2009


5209 Comments


paradox

interesting but boring lol

lexicons
February 10th 2009


144 Comments


album is burly as hell

TricksterGRex
February 10th 2009


2087 Comments


an solid but boring album.
This Message Edited On 02.10.09

ninjuice
February 10th 2009


6760 Comments


Great review. Didn't notice any mistakes in there. I've grown tired of most metalcore but I might be inclined to check out Nightmares sometime.

Mendigo
February 11th 2009


2299 Comments


pretty much what I think about it.

RandMcNally
February 11th 2009


158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, I somewhat agree with what you are saying, however do not agree that this is inaccessable, its the most accessable work they have done, and this is one of the few metalcore albums that doesnt turn into a repatative snore fest.

I think this covers all ground tbh, its technical without being pretentious and overbaring, breakdowns are there but not just for the sake of it, and the vocals are passionate and far more expansive than most in the genre.

But oh well, that just my humble opinion, and whether right or wrong, i greatly enjoyed this album i will continue to.


Wizard
February 11th 2009


19448 Comments


Architects ditch their earlier sound and craft an unoriginal and boring album.


*fixed

Review is solid.

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AngelPhoenix
February 11th 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know why every one seems to miss the technicality so much, their brand of it never did much for me in the first place. I don't find this repetitive at all either, actually I find each song is quite different. Definitely the least boring thing they've done (for me). Review isn't bad, I just really disagree.

TrojanWhore
February 11th 2009


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I'm with AngelPhoenix, I don't think this is repetitive at all. Decent review nonetheless.

RunAmokRampant
February 12th 2009


228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it is a bit repetitive in how some of the songs are structured. Still a killer album tho. Prefer it to there others tbh.

Groink
February 13th 2009


769 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album sucks.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2009


8370 Comments


negging because disagreeing is one of the most stupid things to do. I haven't heard this one, and probably won't, since I don't like unoriginal metalcore. I thought your review was good Red, have a vote

JumpTheF**kUp
February 13th 2009


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid is pretty much the perfect description of this album.

F3arItself
February 14th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ordered it a while ago, arrived to day.

i really like it, it may be different from their previous releases, but i'd hate if they had released another 'ruin'..

i think it's easily their best.

F3arItself
April 4th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think i'm going to change my rating to 4.
the album loses it's shine after a few listens.

ThisLittleWorld
April 16th 2009


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't find this too repetive, perhaps a little. I think all three of their album are pretty similar in terms of overall quality, they are just different styles. it is a tie between this and Nightmares for me.

Oh and, errm, me being a noob and everything, can someone please tell me how to get a profile pic up?. Cheerss

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2009


977 Comments


Heaviest thing i've ever tried to get my teeth into. I agree it does feel repetetive in points, although i'm hardly a pro when it comes to metalcore. Enjoyed the review pos'd.

Killmuffin
June 24th 2009


9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just listened to this album today. Feels like i have already heard it before. The singer sounds too much like Oli imo.

SmurkinGherkin
June 24th 2009


1769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^Ugh. Oli tries to sound like Sam, not the other way round, and plus, Architects shits allover Bring Me The Horizon.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2009


7026 Comments


I love this album for its raw, emotional power. Recommend me more emotional metalcore.

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