Architect
Ghost of the Salt Water Machine


4.5
superb

Review

by jitteryzeitgeist USER (36 Reviews)
July 7th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best pure metalcore albums to come out in the last 10 years. My pockets itch.

In order to properly convey the massive amounts of aggression and cathartic rage that is the output of Ghost of the Salt Water Machine, your mild-mannered reviewer has decided to take some "substances" that will properly allow me to "review" this "album".

Architect, a band whose primary goals in music is deafness and bruises. If they were a country, their primary export would be "f*ck you". This is some serious metalcore (As in Converge, not Killswitch Engage). If I could remember how to use Wikipedia, I'd let you know where they're from... let's just go with Florida. Florida sounds good. I really wish my keyboard would stop moving.

While some other stalwarts of the genre oh god there's spiders under my skin oh god oh god....

Maybe this wasn't such a hot idea.

Anyway, while some other stalwarts of the genre have tended to incorporate melody (Cave In, Converge, Coalesce), Architect looks at melody with the kind of contempt that's usually reserved for historical genocides or Fox News. Throughout the nine tracks the consistent theme is brutality. Terrifying, terrifying brutality that never lets up. It never stops. Even when you scream at it, plead with it, try to reason with it... it just doesn't stop. It will not stop. Not until it has seen you and everyone you love burned to the ground and pissed on your ashes.

And, in that way, it's not much different than Dick Cheney.

I'm certain I loved this album before trying to review it. I know I picked it for a reason. All I know right now is that my curtains have somehow changed material, and I'm positive my floor is made of pudding.

Each of the riffs has its own catchy quality, progressing songs in a way that makes perfect sense and everything fits together neatly. Despite where songs go, the thematic consistency on the disc is hugely universal, but for some reason I seem to have just heard a poorly sung version of "America the Beautiful"... man, I must be really out of it right now, ha ha! Let me just skip back really quick and see what was actually...

Oh. That's actually in there. What the f*ck, Architect?

Overall, I have to highly recommend Ghost of the Saltwater Machine if for nothing else, then for its display that dynamics don't have to be bold-faced to be effective, and subtle changes can sometimes be as effective as dramatic shifts if put in the hands of songwriters who understand sonics. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to throw up and get a ride to the hospital...



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accompliceofmydeath
July 7th 2010


4257 Comments


I'm not sure what the fuck you're on but, it seems like you need help. Review is kinda cool, though. Anyway, I saw these guys open for Coalesce and Disembodied before and they put on a pretty chaotic show. I'll have to look into these guys again.

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xxKillWithASmile
July 7th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoyed this review about as much as the album. Pos'd.

BallsToTheWall
July 7th 2010


44630 Comments


It there a Christianality theme? Is it fictional? Yes? but is there no religion in the music, it is Okay, it is funny, do you need some coffee from a Christian coffee shop?

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cvlts
July 7th 2010


8967 Comments


mind=fucked.

all is not lost is better.

jitteryzeitgeist
July 7th 2010


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I haven't had the pleasure of that album yet. I may go ahead and put that on the list of got-to-haves.

cvlts
July 7th 2010


8967 Comments


do it. ;]

DestroyHim
July 19th 2010


173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

quite generic at times. the lyrics get a bit cringeworthy too. I'm not really into this might move the rating down to 2.5.

SatansLittleHelper
August 26th 2010


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Random but when i hear this dude vocals i think of corey, but this dude vocals own.

slipnslide
April 17th 2013


2640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bump 4 nostalgia

slipnslide
April 17th 2013


2640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha yeah that always irritated the fuck out of me. Not to mention they share the exact same genre

Spec
May 5th 2013


27188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This ones pretty good.

cagedescending
May 5th 2013


4124 Comments


luv it sry pots

Slut
December 3rd 2013


2470 Comments


this is alright i guess

TheMoreira
February 19th 2014


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It seems like this user is no longer active on the site. Be it as it may, entertaining as fuck review lol

SourAK
August 5th 2014


1630 Comments


this album aint for the faint of heart

Gestapo
August 25th 2014


728 Comments


cant decide whether i like architect or architects more

Diamondize
September 6th 2014


1367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

three bumps in a row cmon ppl

wacknizzle
September 6th 2014


13478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

=)

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