Architects
Hollow Crown


3.5
great

Review

by RunAmokRampant USER (8 Reviews)
February 12th, 2009 | 37 replies | 7,805 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid metalcore release that suffers from being structually repetitive. Ultimately a clear case of a band being too comfortable and dependant on their own songwriting formula.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

As one of the most hotly anticipated releases of early 2009, Architects have maintained what they know best with their follow up to 2007’s Ruin with Hollow Crown. There are some changes that are more obvious than others, in particular there are less frequent bouts of ‘techy’ chaos and the clean singing has been vamped up quite significantly. While this is not a bad thing unless you only dig the band for their quick time changes and frantic DEP like off kilter compositions, some may observe that the increased amount of clean singing and more straightforward approach to songwriting lends to Architects taking a different path, albeit a path well worn by other bands in the same genre. That’s not to say Hollow Crown is softer on the whole as I feel overall the album feels a lot more hardcore influenced than their other releases, which were more metal riff orientated. Some tracks like ‘Every Last Breath’, ‘Left With a Last Minute’ and the title track also have a melodic Post-hardcore edge to them that bringing bands like Thrice to mind.

But there is a lot here to please the fans of their older releases as well, with tracks like ‘Early Grave’ and ‘Borrowed Time’ which chug along with the guitars unusually tuned down quite low for even their standards which makes for the bass to almost feel redundant. The musicianship remains as tight as ever but they need to stray away from the predictability of the clean singing sections. They seem to tackle this aspect of their songwriting the same way for every song that has a softer section. There is rarely ever a differing approach as it always seems tacked on towards the end of the song. Sometimes it works better for others like for instance in ‘We’re All Alone’ which is probably my favourite song on the album even if it was originally on that split ep. The transition in this instance is well conceived unlike say in ‘Dethroned’ where it is just tacked on. The result feels so forced it almost ruins the song which is otherwise excellent.

When looking at the these parts its easy to assume when they approach they have one guitar do a simple two handed tapping routine whilst the other guitar ring out chords and Sam wailing into the mic. It becomes tiresome when you first listen to the album and you can predict when they’re about bust out this approach toward the end of a song. Look at tracks like ‘Early Grave’, ‘Dethroned’, and ‘Follow the Water’ for example. Not to say they’re bad tracks as Follow the Water is another one of my favourite tracks from the album but it’s just too predictable for my liking I guess.

Now this may sound like an overly negative review disproportionate to my rating but that’s probably signalling my disappointment. It’s still a worthy release from a band that is very energetic and very capable of making technical and catchy music. I think this is on par with all their other releases which is a good and bad thing I guess. It’s a quality metalcore release but nothing spectacular or awe inducing and its incredible fun to play along to. But maybe I was expecting too much? Perhaps expecting another ‘Jane Doe’ or ‘We Are the Romans’? Yeah that’s probably asking too much for any band.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
chewytapeworm
February 12th 2009



492 Comments


To be fair this album has been hyped up to the MAX. I love Architects and have heard only a couple of songs off of this, but this review has subtly lowered my expectations.

AngelPhoenix
February 12th 2009



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review, though you claim two different tracks are probably your favorite on the album (We're All Alone, and Follow the Water) which I found kind of odd. Other than that, good job, yet another review that is shorter than average but gets the job done.

I still fail to see the repetitive structure though. The first 3 songs are pretty similar but I think the band ends up covering quite a lot in terms of songwriting and soudscape by the end of the album.

Mendigo
February 12th 2009



2299 Comments


review is great, album is quite mediocre tbh.

TrojanWhore
February 12th 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah, it really isn't.

Inperiour
February 12th 2009



78 Comments


This album is incredible, and this has set the bar so high for any future metalcore release it's unreal.

Review was OK, and I don't agree with most of the aspects you point out, such as "predictable tapping", and "forced transition".

And another review to the endless piles of comparisons to Jane Doe, if anything is getting predictable it is reviews comparing it to a good Converge album.

gaslightanthem
February 12th 2009



5209 Comments


well it's kind of justified because Jane Doe is 'the' metalcore album

AngelPhoenix
February 12th 2009



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^Don't see why though.

Mendigo
February 12th 2009



2299 Comments


cause it's the fucking best.

gaslightanthem
February 12th 2009



5209 Comments


pretty much

AngelPhoenix
February 12th 2009



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, not really. That album is way too hyped here, similarly to Blackwater Park.

gaslightanthem
February 12th 2009



5209 Comments


no it's not. not if you really really listen to it. next time you're really really angry/upset put it on and it'll smack u in the face with how much u love it and will continue to love it from there on out.

AngelPhoenix
February 12th 2009



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol I shouldn't have to be in a particular mood to love something. If it's that good, it should force me into that mood naturally and tbh, the vocals will always annoy me way too much on that album for me to think it's anything more than a 4. I've listened to it at least 10 times and the only track that really does much for me in the title track, which most lovers of that album seem to think is the weakest song on it.

Metalcore like this feel much more focused and intentful that just raging emotions for the sake of raging emotions.

gaslightanthem
February 12th 2009



5209 Comments


ah no! you misunderstand me the album is always amazing you just dont realise it till you listen to it in that mood. then it hits you and every time you listen to it from then on regardless of mood you will understand. idk it's hard to explain but i didnt really think much of it once.

Stevens
February 12th 2009



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like Converge but I've always thought that Jane Doe was a bit over-rated on this site.

DBlitz
February 12th 2009



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

in the first sentence you say "2006's Ruin", Ruin's released in 2007.

I agree with this, I'm kinda disappointed with the album too, at this point everything seems a bit too predictable

RunAmokRampant
February 12th 2009



228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just listen to The Broken Vow dude. That song is the pure essence of metalcore.

There are some instances where I think Architects almost reach that level of intensity and blend of hardcore and metal. They don't overuse breakdowns and when they do use them, they use them to full effect. Overall I think Architects are heading in the right direction but they just need to leave their comfort zone with more intent, not just throw in a few more soft/melodic sections.

AngelPhoenix
February 12th 2009



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^There's not just a few more, I feel like there's a lot more

IntoTheFire
February 12th 2009



89 Comments


people think jane doe is the weakest track? wtf

TrojanWhore
February 13th 2009



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If anything a lot of people think it is one of the best on the album.

badtaste
February 13th 2009



824 Comments


Nice review A, that's two already this year, here's hoping for a record breaking year.



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