Architects
The Here and Now


3.5
great

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
January 26th, 2011 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The bands progression continues as they release yet another album with little resemblance to their previous releases.

Architects has become a very well known name inside the music world, since the release of their debut album 'Nightmares.' It is also a well known fact that the band never makes the same album twice and with the release of 'The Here and Now,' it is no exception. This time around the band has gone a much more melodic route, leaving behind the technical metal/hardcore sound found on their previous efforts and replacing it with a post-hardcore sound, in the vein of Alexisonfire and Underoath. Their older style hasn’t disappeared completely however, which is clearly shown in the furious hardcore jam “Stay Young Forever” as well as certain sections of other songs. Though it may feel like the band has been around forever, they’ve actually only been active for six years and the members are still very young. The progression they have made in those six years is very impressive and their 2011 release is just another chapter in the history of a band that will be around for a while.

The album kicks off with “Day In Day Out” which starts out on a high note with vocalist Sam Carter screaming The years I put into this!. From there however it takes a turn for the worst with some mediocre clean vocals and a very predictable song structure, though the lyrics are actually pretty good. Next up is one of my favorite songs on the album entitled “Learn To Live.” This is probably the most sincere and emotional track on the album. The majority of the song is cleanly sung, with a few well placed screams and gang vocals. The chorus will force the listener to sing along with it, as I’m sure anyone who hears it can find some way to relate. The third track “Delete, Rewind” keeps things interesting with a fast and heavy change in direction, the beginning may also remind some listeners of “Follow The Water” from the bands previous album. The clean vocals in this song seem forced however, where Sam could have easily done harsh vocals through the majority of the song. Regardless, it still possesses the energy to ignite frantic circle pits at live performances. The energy continues through “BTN” as the lyrics seem to chronicle a feeling of insanity running through the subjects head and the sound reflects it. The chaos settles nearing the end of the song with a cleanly strummed section and heads back into the chorus. By now the album will have successfully burned a whole through your speakers, leaving the listener trying to comprehend what just happened. “An Open Letter To Myself” begins and gives the listener a chance to breath. The sincere singing and lyrics is enough to send chills down the listeners spine. The song builds up to it’s grande finale and as the vocals get louder, so do the instruments. The gang vocals nearing the songs conclusion are also a nice touch.

At this point I began to tire of the constant guitar tone used throughout the entire album. The reoccurring dissonant chords don’t work this time around like they did so well on ‘Hollow Crown,‘ more or less, they just manage to give the listener a headache. “The Blues” is a pretty forgettable track until the ending chorus, which manages to keep the listener interested enough to resist the urge of skipping the song. Up next is another one of the albums highlights, “Red Eyes.” It features instrumentals that would fit in perfectly on “Underoaths- Define The Great Line” album. The vocals however, show no resemblance to the band at all, which makes for a unique sounding song. “Stay Young Forever” is probably the most hardcore track on the album, sounding like a mix of the bands second album ‘Ruin‘ and “Comeback Kid’s- Wake The Dead.” It also features guest vocals from Andrew Neufeld, which might explain the CBK influence. “Heartburn” comes off as the most beautiful track the band has ever done. It’s surprisingly uplifting compared to most of the other songs in the bands catalogue. The track is perfectly placed on the album. “Year in, year out/up and away” is a crushing album highlight with distinctive guest vocals from Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan that augment the track nicely without overpowering Sam who holds his own very well indeed. It proves to be a solid end to an inspiring album.

While Architects haven’t made the flawless album needed to please existing fans about an apparent mellowing, there are enough good moments in ‘The Here and Now’ to see them expand their audience regardless. The increased accessibility and diversity of this album should allow them to extend their reach. While the argument will continue to be made that they mellowed out their sound in an attempt to gain more radio airplay, no one can deny the band of their ambition.



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Spec
January 26th 2011


27178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The album has more positives than negatives.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 26th 2011


10594 Comments


ew.


no.


Good read though.

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

danielito19
January 26th 2011


5803 Comments


in the vain of Alexisonfire and Underoath

Should be in the vein.

chesse13
January 26th 2011


3426 Comments


this or hollow crown?

Digging: iamthemorning - Belighted

cvlts
January 26th 2011


8960 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ruin

Spec
January 26th 2011


27178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Fixed. Thanks danielito.

They sound different so it depends. I would probably choose Hollow Crown myself.

Ire
January 26th 2011


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

urgh

IAmKickass
January 26th 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Love this album. Listened to it for a day straight while I delivered pizza's.

danielito19
January 26th 2011


5803 Comments


The track with Greg Puciato was really average, probably not going to listen to this tbh.

And I'm one of Greg's biggest fans.

dylanthedesertpea
January 26th 2011


587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

is this really as bad as everyone says or is it just because it's architects?

Spec
January 26th 2011


27178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Not even close. It's a very good album, people are very hostile towards because it's such a drastic change. I hated it for my first two listens. Let it grow on you.

Mordecai.
January 26th 2011


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

really hate this review. quite the awkward read.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2011


8007 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really really like this album. It is nothing like Hollow Crown though

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danielito19
January 26th 2011


5803 Comments


Then again I might need to give this band a chance. Again, I only listened to the track with Greg and it was meh.

InFiction
January 27th 2011


3667 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, I was going to do my own review for this but you pretty much summed up what I was going to say anyway.
This isn't as bad as everyone says.

Motiv3
January 27th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

good review but this album is so bad.

dirkschamgganbad
January 27th 2011


131 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

what a shitty band

lookatthatparkinglot
January 27th 2011


168 Comments


lol i saw a 5

NorwichScene
January 27th 2011


1436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man, I respect your opinions. I just done mine, only my 2nd review..

Digging: Lonely the Brave - The Day's War

Spec
January 27th 2011


27178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Ruin and Hollow Crown sound completely different.



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