Architects
Hollow Crown


4.0
excellent

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
February 27th, 2011 | 20 replies | 4,780 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A nice take on the typical metalcore formula, executed in a way that separates Architects from any other band.

8 of 10 thought this review was well written

I still wonder how the Brighton based band Architects, manage to stand out amidst the plethora of other bands in the suffocating crowd of metal/hardcore outfits taking sounds from the low end chugging of Meshuggah, to the howling vocals from Converge, to the high pitched technical guitar work from The Dillinger Escape Plan. It might have something to do with the fact that the band was able to craft a unique sound by taking influences from all of the bands listed.
With 'Hollow Crown', Architects have taken the typical metalcore formula drawn out by the bands mentioned above, and welded it into an uncompromising slab of technical metal. Ranging from the fierce 'We're All Alone', with it's technical guitar work and heavy beatdowns, to 'Follow The Water' and it's hard hitting instrumentals and epic ending, Architects have taken all the best points from previous offering 'Ruin', and polished them up to make a fierce, yet winning formula. The album also features the extensive use of Sam Carters impressive vocal ability that seemed to be only half existent for their previous effort, 'Ruin.'

What I found to be especially impressive is the albums guitar work. Guitarists, Tom Searle and Tim Hillier-Brook seem to feed off of each other and unleash a devastating combination of tapping and technicality, with a hint of melody that will leave the listener wondering what the *** just happened. Dan Searle is a very capable drummer as he manages to implement fills and interesting double bass work, without entering the routine of typical metalcore drumming. Along with him is Ali Dino on bass, who holds everything together nicely but never really leaves his comfort zone.
The albums highlight is the tremendous vocal work. Sam switches things up with not only screams but hardcore yells and incredibly emotional clean singing. His vocals really shine is tracks like 'Dead March' and 'Dethroned.'

The negatives are hard to find but one that I noticed is that, I will be drumming to a certain song and find myself playing a totally different song off the album. This goes to show that some of the songs have a few similarities and may sound like they “bleed into each other” upon first listen. Despite these few negative aspects, the album is solid.

Among a genre full of sound alike acts, Architects stand out for a reason. Every song comes straight from the heart and they achieve a unique sound that has been absent in the genre for so long. Ever since the loss of Johnny Truant, the UK metalcore scene has searched for a replacement. Architects could be that replacement.



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Spec
February 27th 2011



27053 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fairly old review. Cleaned up the grammar and I think it came out rather nicely.

ffs
February 27th 2011



4819 Comments


your 5th submission or something of this review?

lets hope it doesnt get more than 3 negs or whatever so you dont get it deleted again

Spec
February 27th 2011



27053 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Second. I think it's decently written this time but to each his own I guess.

GhettoIndieshit
February 27th 2011



507 Comments


sweet album. pos'd

Spec
February 27th 2011



27053 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man. Will be doing a new review next! Just not sure what it will be yet..

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2011



30873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still wonder how the Brighton based band Architects, manage to stand out amidst the plethora of other bands in the suffocating crowd of metal/hardcore outfits taking sounds from the low end chugging of Meshuggah, to the howling vocals from Converge, to the high pitched technical guitar work from The Dillinger Escape Plan.


Major run on sentence, and no comma needed between Architects and manage

Ranging from the fierce 'We're All Alone', with it's technical guitar work and heavy beatdowns, to 'Follow The Water' and it's hard hitting instrumentals and epic ending, Architects have taken all the best points from previous offering 'Ruin', and polished them up to make a fierce, yet winning formula.


*its, and you should look at distinguishing the album titles and song titles separately

Guitarists, Tom Searle and Tim Hillier-Brook


Again, no comma is needed

The negatives are hard to find but one that I noticed is that, I will be drumming to a certain song and find myself playing a totally different song off the album


And again, no comma



Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

Spec
February 27th 2011



27053 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I tend to overuse the comma's. Thanks for the tips, i'll make sure to keep them in mind for my next review.

DinoX
February 27th 2011



3582 Comments


Love this album

TheOceanInside
February 27th 2011



439 Comments


spec reminds me of myself back in the ol days.

that being said review reads sort of... eh. i can't put my finger on it but it seems almost too personal. words like "epic" define an epic time that might not be epic to me, thus not a very good descriptive word.

other then that keep it up, i see progress and potential. just keep refining, refining, refining.

twlichty
February 27th 2011



3407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok review. great fucking album

Ire
February 27th 2011



41747 Comments


yeah you would review this

RiversCuomo
February 28th 2011



439 Comments


yeah

Alucard125
February 28th 2011



534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Every mention of Johnny Truant makes me sad for losing them.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2011



30873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Are you actually planning on editing or.....?

promiseswept
February 28th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ehhh decent review

promiseswept
February 28th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

pos'd though

Darkvoid67
February 28th 2011



383 Comments


Band is terrible, just like all metalcore actually. Review is also pretty dull, I felt as though I had read it all before. I wont neg though

theacademy
February 28th 2011



28233 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great album

Spec
March 12th 2011



27053 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Still hasn't gotten old for me. Amazing vocal performance as well as production.

Makes me feel nostalgic.

Apollo
March 3rd 2012



10266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed



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