Mouth of the Architect
The Violence Beneath


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (128 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2010 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: holy shit...

Good God. Mouth of the Architect have finally cut the bull shit and release a straight up ass kicking. Containing only 4 songs this EP is better than their entire back catalogue, and why? Because Mouths have stripped all that unnecessary wankery and filler from their previous releases, *cough* Ties That Bind, and decided to just rip off Cult of Luna in the most glamorous of ways - and I for one am not complaining. I’d rather they trudged around this (almost overly) ambitious epic tomfoolery than try becoming the leaders in a genre that they’re far from headlining. Or at least those were my feelings before I heard this.

Album opener and title track ‘The Violence Beneath’ literally forces its will upon you with a healthy dynamic of gut wrenching growls and near devastating riffing. It’s so heavy that they probably could have released that song alone and I’d be ok with this release, but they didn’t and it’s all for the better. You see they’ve learned how to stay interesting which of course was my fear when I downloaded this. The band has always known how to create excellent climaxes and drop offs, but the points in between were usually as worthless as the 90 minutes smack dab in the middle of Revenge of the Fallen – and arguably just as long. Yet track two, Buried Hopes proves me wrong and again I’m not complaining. It’s got some wicked guitar licks that establish all the cool time switch ups and what not, but what’s best improved is the vocals department. Restore for example, does this interplay of choking vocals underneath the burly leads and it works every time.

Short and sweet the album pulls no hidden punches, and as dense as it sometimes feels the album really doesn’t take long to sink in. Closer In Your Eyes sums up all the progression the band has made thus far with an Isis-like intro the guys ditch the rugged metal sounds of the former and cruise out on a beautiful post metal tune. Often nothing but another “post-something band” ‘The Violence Beneath’ beckons to be right next to ‘A Determinism of Morality’ as the best post-metal release of the year and it’s only an EP.



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fromtheinside
July 3rd 2010


18218 Comments


where the hell did this come from...

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2010


17213 Comments


The version of In Your Eyes on here is one of my favorite covers ever.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

kangaroopoo
July 3rd 2010


3175 Comments


Like this better than past work. Couldn't create the same powerful atmosphere nor sustain the variety and interest like Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Isis. Love 'In Your Eyes' - who did the original?

fromtheinside
July 3rd 2010


18218 Comments


Peter Gabe.

Burn2Burn
July 3rd 2010


2378 Comments


This is really good, but I still like all of their other releases more.

HenchmanOfSanta
July 4th 2010


1866 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Shit is so cash. Never heard a full-length by these guys, though.

Dryden
July 4th 2010


12928 Comments


ching ching

eternium
July 4th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HOLY SHIT, The Violence Beneath is heavy as hell.

kount
July 4th 2010


1279 Comments


haha

fromtheinside
July 4th 2010


18218 Comments


i know.

eternium
July 4th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band improved, especially with the vocals. If this was a full album, it'd most likely be a 4.5.

fromtheinside
July 4th 2010


18218 Comments


shits just devastating all the way through.

eternium
July 4th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Naw. The other songs, especially the last, have really pretty parts.

fromtheinside
July 4th 2010


18218 Comments


yeah pretty's the word......

eternium
July 4th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep.

salival13
July 4th 2010


264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heavy as a really heavy thing. So Which LP should I get?

Burn2Burn
July 4th 2010


2378 Comments


Definitely get Quietly first, and then just go from there.

fromtheinside
July 4th 2010


18218 Comments


get over it.

Photon
July 4th 2010


1292 Comments


yeah this EP is amazing Post Metal

YouAreMySilence
July 4th 2010


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As good as this is I'm disappointed they are straying away from the heavy and angry has fuck approach they had on Quietly.
I can see why everyone likes this but Quietly was like my second favorite post metal release of all time.



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