Artifex Pereo
Time in Place


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andre Bourbeau USER (4 Reviews)
December 30th, 2014 | 6 replies


Release Date: 05/27/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A noticeably solid release that represents a striding step forward for the post-hardcore genre.

The modern post-hardcore scene has been moving at an incredible pace over the past few years. Not only has the genre expanded in size, but also in its sound in ranges of influence. Despite the fact that many people may claim that alternative music has become stagnant in recent epochs, many bands continue to defy that trend. This intriguing advancement of post-hardcore is perhaps most evident in Artifex Pereo, a progressive-minded band hailing from Louisville, Kentucky. Their major label debut album, Time in Place, represents the budding nucleus of a band that tries, and succeeds, in pushing its own sound forward. This record changes and modifies the very essence of the music it adapts, and is one of the best and most innovative post-hardcore albums of the year.

Time in Place was released on Tooth & Nail Records in May of 2014, and while many may expect it to be another preach-heavy Christian album, it certainly isn't. Fascinatingly, notwithstanding the spiritual beliefs of their label, Artifex Pereo claim they are a “secular rock” band, and offer a varied palette of lyrics. This is a signing choice that Tooth & Nail should be commended for, as it is rare to see a Christian label back a non-Christian record with such tenacity.

Time in Place, similar to the fact that it defies the tropes of its Christian label, also manages to create an exciting, experimental musical formula. The most wonderful part of Artifex Pereo's music is that it holds an extraordinary number of diverse influences. Everything from traditional post-hardcore, jazz, folk, blues, and progressive and experimental rock is evident in their sound. At odds with only Decoder's Decoder and Dance Gavin Dance's Happiness in terms of unique style and wacky influences, Time in Place is one of the most refreshing and quirky sounding records that has ever graced alternative music. This aspect, in many ways, is one of the album's most pleasurable and distinguishable.

Musically and production wise, Time in Place tentatively borders on perfection. Engineering wizard Kris Crummett produced the album, and it sounds tight, roomy, and outright glorious at times. Artifex Pereo are certainly the perfect fit for Crummett's abilities, and the results are truly spectacular. The record's vocals sound perfect, the drums are huge, and the guitars are beautifully mixed.

However, Time in Place's strongest strengths are Artifex Pereo's instrumental performances themselves. Vocalist Lucas Worley unleashes powerful efforts on every track, while guitarists Jamie Davis and Jordan Haynes dish out some intricate, progressive playing. Also, an equally impressive aspect is drummer Cory Eaves' smart conduct throughout the record. Boasting wicked fills, great chops and smart writing, Eaves owns every part he plays on in Time in Place.

In line with this trend, the track “Laugh & the World Laughs With You” shows off the band's dazzling skill at its best, especially in terms of guitar and vocal work.

The central theme of Time in Place is the way it plays intelligently with the post-hardcore formula. Perhaps the most evident example of this ideal is the inclusion of Jeremiah Brinkworth's blues-sounding keyboards, which offer a spark and a refreshing splash to every song on the release.

Still, the experimentation does not end with Brinkworth. Nearly every track on the record, in some way, stays true to its post-hardcore roots while simultaneously turning the genre on its head. “Hands of Penance” has an unorthodox song structure while remaining hard-hitting. “Liable for Tragedy” plays with some wonderful vocal exchanges between Worley's more refined sound and guitarist Jamie Davis' raw croons. “The Straight & the Winding Way” is groovy and chock-full of wonderful keyboard work, but stays within its hardcore-influenced limits. “The Golden Age” shocks and bewilders by the way it uniquely delivers its addicting, slow building chorus. There is no shortage of musical progression in Time in Place, and Artifex Pereo revels in changing your expectations, showing true variety, and pleasuring the listener with their intelligence.

The greatest perceivable weakness that Time in Place suffers from is its preposterous length. Clocking in at nearly fifty minutes, the album is nearly impossible to listen to in one sitting. This is not a flaw in some ways, but it forces the listener to work at the release one song at a time, instead of being able to attack it as a large, whole package. The major issue with Time in Place is not that it has weak songs. It is the fact that it has too many good ones to prevent exhaustion.

Additionally, Artifex Pereo are clearly a post-hardcore band, and tinkering within the confines of that space is when they are at their best. Unfortunately, when the band attempts to perform outside of their faster, more straightforward skills into slower territory, the resulting songs occasionally fail to impress. That is not to say that the more meandering songs are bad, but simply do not take advantage of Artifex Pereo's most excellent qualities. This is a shame, and also a conundrum, because without more controlled efforts like “Tied to the Sunset” and “Apeiron”, the album could have become overwhelming.

As a whole, Time in Place is a wonderful, electrifying package that will please regular post-hardcore listeners and cater to those desperate for change within the genre. The album is not afraid to evolve itself and the music it plays, yet it strikes a perfect balance between experimentation and familiarity. This album is one of the year's best, marks an incredible sophomore record from a tremendously talented group, and is a powerful package. Overall, post-hardcore music has never sounded this varied, this dynamic, or this interesting at any period before.

If you like post-hardcore or progressive music as a whole, pick up this record. You will be doing yourself and your ears a kind, gracious service.


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AndreBourbeau
December 29th 2014


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, everybody! I encourage anybody who appreciates great music to pick this record up if you have not

already! Also, I am still fairly new to reviewing on Sputnikmusic, and I appreciate any kind of constructive

criticism!



If you want to watch Artifex Pereo's talented guitarists play "Laugh & the World Laughs With You", then you

are in luck! This video truly demonstrates the skill I mentioned in the review.



Cheers!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g-3eiCMi-Q

Calc
December 30th 2014


12717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Read a little bit and the hyperbole is strong in this one, it's certainly not as original as you're making it out to be but it's definitely a good album. big step up from a songwriting standpoint from their last release

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AndreBourbeau
December 30th 2014


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can see where you're coming from, but I truly think this album is unique. It blew my hair back, at least.

AlexTM510
January 3rd 2015


1419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea their are some really good songs here, but the album as a whole i couldn't do as a full listening experience. That being said these guys definitely have good potential esp. with many of these arrangements, so i can only see things going up for these guys.

CuddlyCaucasian
January 9th 2015


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

On "Laugh", the



"She pushed the child to the siiiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE" just gets me man, and the riff that comes after it is brilliant. I can't say I don't like a single song on this record, my favorite post-hardcore release since Happiness.

dixoncocks
April 10th 2015


2890 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is really an awesome album that deserves some recognition. Their songwriting is definitely a highlight. Songs seamlessly weave in between fast paced technical moments and melodic restraint. They clearly put everything they had into this record and it just keeps getting better.

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