Mouth of the Architect
The Violence Beneath


4.0
excellent

Review

by jitteryzeitgeist USER (36 Reviews)
July 6th, 2010 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now if there's anything that can fill a void left by both Burst and Starkweather, Mouth of the Architect is it.

The Violence Beneath is an incredibly fitting album title. Beneath the doom rumble of the Dayton...

Wait, this came out of Ohio? Nothing good comes from Ohio.

Ohio? Wiki'd it and everything?

Well, I'll be damned. I was going to go off on review cliches like "A boiling turbulence underneath an already brooding exterior", in reference to the title, and "discordant melodies threshed and fused with riffs that move like a great, dark, crawling thing", but now that I know that these poor souls are from Ohio? Oh, that changes sh*t. That changes all the sh*t.

The record abounds with ferocity, bursting at the seams with a virulent anger that I haven't heard since the aforementioned Starkweather's 2006 effort, Croatoan. This must stem from living in a state that, when given as an answer to the ubiquitous question "Where you boys from?", results in the other inevitable question, "The state with all them potatoes?". That's Idaho. There's f*cking nothing in Ohio. It has to be infuriating.

The slow, deliberate pace the album exudes from opening title track slow-burner to the Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Who Seriously Cares cover of "In Your Eyes" shows a discipline inherent in living in The Buckeye State.

Their vision is based on movement.

Needless to say, Mouth of the Architect deserves your attention. For both putting out an excellent atmospheric and brutal sludge album (Complete with some metallic hardcore trimmings) and for their apparent dire situation. This band has been highly prolific for their short 6 year span, and with each release has been an upshoot in quality. It's a punishing listen, but captivating as well. It's almost like they're trying to get our attention...

Hmm...

In Short:

Someone needs to start studying these albums, to detect any hidden messages within. I have a theory that there is an SOS, but if the local Ohioites find out before we do, it could be too late for Mouth of the Architect.



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HumanGenome
July 6th 2010


195 Comments


move those short, one sentence paragraphs into the summary box

jitteryzeitgeist
July 6th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really wasn't trying for the traditional. So many people wax poetic and tend to use the same descriptors for album reviews that it gets tedious.



Appreciate the comments, though.

scissorlocked
July 7th 2010


3518 Comments


Is this bad that good??

Cause I miss Burst

Digging: Max Graef - Rivers of the Red Planet

Photon
July 7th 2010


1292 Comments


doesn't sound like burst at all

jitteryzeitgeist
July 7th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're right. Aside from the similar use of minor chord riff progression, dissonant and meandering

lead lines, tritone and minor scale arpeggio, a fondness for sweeping bridges and crescendos, legato

screaming and multi-singer tradeoffs, subtle and progressive riff structure progression as well as

sudden dynamics shifts (as opposed to one or the other), and dirty single note riff love, they have

absolutely nothing in common.



Burst is, like, 10 bpm faster.



They're totally different.

jitteryzeitgeist
July 7th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And, yes, scissorlocked, this band is that good.

Sevhead
August 22nd 2010


569 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've been meaning to get into these fellas for a while now. I listened to their fist and then their newest, and boy are they different.



Review is good, I like the writing style. You could have extended it at least a bit, though.

Shuyin
January 5th 2013


12465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ive been jamming Restore so hard recently, it fucking rules

CaimanJesus
August 2nd 2015


46 Comments


The title track is so fucking good.

Digging: Bethlehem - S.U.I.Z.I.D

Shuyin
August 2nd 2015


12465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

heavy as fuq, but not as heavy as A Beautiful Corpse tho



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