Architects
The Here and Now


2.5
average

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
January 21st, 2011 | 355 replies | 37,575 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now on their fourth album, Architects prove that change isn't always a good thing.

13 of 14 thought this review was well written

Change can be good. In the case of metalcore, changes that bands are implementing in their sounds are both recommended and welcome; after all, who wants to be part of a ‘dead’ genre? But outside of the general mediocrity and blasé attitude that stems from being a part of said genre, metalcore still finds ways to breath fresh air into its rusted lungs. The UK metalcore band, Architects, is all too familiar with the many changes that the genre can bring about on a band. From their humble, albeit intense, beginnings as a chaotic, dissonant influenced band, they have seen both changes in lineup and, as if this accompanied the band hand in hand, changes in their overall sound as well. In terms of levels of publicity, this has made Architects quite the success both in the nation they call home and in the states as well, riding the wave of popularity along with their friends in Bring Me the Horizon as one of the top leaders in the modern metal community. As much as elitists and hipsters would not like to admit, Architects have proven one thing and that is change can be a good thing, anyone who would have thought that Architects could have reached the level of popularity they have now had they had kept to their mathcore roots is fooling themselves. Now, almost into their seventh year as a band, Architects come back to the masses and offer up their fourth full length album, The Here and Now. It becomes clear right from the opening seconds of ‘Day In Day Out’ that Architects are either still trying to find their sound, which at this point would be tragic indeed, or still changing as a band and this, unfortunately, has negative ramifications.

Since adding on vocalist Sam Carter after the departure of original vocalist Matt Johnson, Architects have been streamlining their sound that coincides with the trend that most bands in the genre are taking. While Bring Me the Horizon and The Dillinger Escape Plan seem to have finally found their niches in their respective places, The Here and Now proves that Architects are still trying to find it. The biggest shock that The Here and Now presents is the drastic change that Architects have done to their sound. As if the sonic differences felt between their sophomore album Ruin and follow-up album, Hollow Crown, weren’t enough, Architects have deigned it necessary further refine their sound in The Here and Now and we now see them teetering on the verge of hard rock and post hardcore. While there is nothing inherently bad or abhorrent in this switch, the problem lies in that Architects fail to make any lasting statement about this drastic change in sound. Nearly every song on The Here and Now has its fair share of catchy riffs, sing-along choruses and enough respectable breakdowns to bang your head to, but it fails in creating something lasting to hold your attention. ‘Learn To Live’ opens competently enough, with a catchy hard rock style riff, yet quickly becomes boring and generic within under a minute of play. The same thing is felt throughout the entire album with limited exceptions, ‘Delete/Rewind’ and ‘Open Letter to Myself’, tend to be the highlights of the album with all the right mixtures of infectious riffage, coupled with memorable song delivery. By the time final track 'Year In/Year Out' rolls around, featuring guest vocals by Greg Puciato, the album has already tired out its welcome, becoming unoriginal and repetitive.

In the end, Architects are no strangers to change. In a genre that is constantly changing face, with no clean mold as to what is the common sound, The Here and Now proves that metalcore is drastically different from its beginnings. However, with such a bland and uninspired album, Architects don’t do the genre any favors with their latest offering. With too much filler and quite enough killer, The Here and Now might be enough for a listen through once in a while but will not find its way into the minds and hearts of most fans. Bring Me the Horizon may have finally found their proper balance between mindless breakdowns and critically acceptable metal and The Dillinger Escape Plan might have finally found the correct mixture of math and prog, but Architects are still lost in finding the sound that is correct for them. Sometimes change isn't necessarily the best route and The Here and Now proves this.



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cvlts
January 21st 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

has its fun moments

album is steaming on their myspace. http://www.myspace.com/architectsuk

Mordecai.
January 21st 2011



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

didn't like the references to Dillinger. they really never sounded much like this band at all, even back on nightmares. and Dillinger have always been awesome, not just recently.

Mordecai.
January 21st 2011



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

but yeh, i can see the similarities between BMTH. decent review anyway. i will have to check this out.

cvlts
January 21st 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

never said they sounded like Dillinger...

ebay
January 21st 2011



501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I'm too tired to read your review atm, but I agree with your rating so good job.

Mordecai.
January 21st 2011



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

so what was the point of talking about how "The Dillinger Escape Plan might have finally found the correct mixture of math and prog"?

like, what does this have to do with anything?

Edwin
January 21st 2011



1399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album clicked for me, but then again I've liked everything they've done so far.

crowing51
January 21st 2011



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow Greg from DEP is on a song, checking this out right now. Maybe his quest vocals made this band good again.

cvlts
January 21st 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i picked two metalcore bands who've changed since their inception and how they've done it well.

Mordecai.
January 21st 2011



8270 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

you sure did

RobotJesus
January 21st 2011



431 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ugh i was sooo looking forward to this album overall its been a disappointment... it has some fun songs others are just blah

wyankeif1337
January 21st 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, summary is win. pos'd

Captain North
January 21st 2011



6768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this is getting too much heat - it's a decent, very listenable release.

crowing51
January 21st 2011



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea I don't like this at all. I still prefer their first 2 albums. That guest vocals by Greg was pretty good though.

Relinquished
January 21st 2011



24375 Comments


used to like the band a little more back then, thought Ruin ruled hard

then Hollow Crown...and Bring Me the Horizon comparisons


now this...

wyankeif1337
January 21st 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i dig the last track, it has Greg Puciato. the man cannot do any wrong.
the rest is pretty meh.

cvlts
January 21st 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ruin was good

Captain North
January 21st 2011



6768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The fact that you guys are digging the last track, when it sounds no real different to the rest of the album, purely because of Puciato is kinda pathetic.

cvlts
January 21st 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i agree it doesnt sound any different but come on now

PinkBlackberry
January 21st 2011



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fantastic review. Pos



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