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Mouth Of The Architect

A band's evolution
1Mouth of the Architect
Time And Withering

A pretty rough start. Obviously a sludge outing, but with some post-metal tendencies. There are some good moments, but overall it feels like a band that hasn't become fully comfortable with their sound. But "The Worm" is some nice foreshadowing of things to come, the most promising of these 4 tracks, with the band venturing into post-rock territory.
2Mouth of the Architect
The Ties That Blind

A huge leap for MOTA. Everything feels more focused, more thought out, more powerful. The post-rock comes through in an excellent way, and much more well integrated and mature than Time & Withering. The songs take a while to build, but ultimately their massive song-lengths are justified (11 min. avg.). Most of these tracks take quite a few twists and turns, and stay fresh and interesting. But some ideas do slightly overstay their welcome (even though they are some awesome ideas). A solid stepping stone for MOTA, but perhaps too much was put into this album.
3Mouth of the Architect

Everything up until 2008 was leading to Quietly. This is a truly unique piece of post-metal mastery. Not only have MOTA immensely improved their songwriting, but the production is better than ever, the riffs are more crushing, the soft passages are more beautiful, and more experimentation make this the perfect crown on the first era of Mouth of the Architect. Spoken word samples, guest vocals from Julie Christmas, (somewhat) clean singing by the band. It was the bands most polished to date, and a standout in a unique discography, pouring more emotion than had ever been in a MOTA release. Every song is memorable, even the simple keyboard interlude of "Medicine".
4Mouth of the Architect

A very fitting title. Dawning is the beginning of a new period in Mouth of the Architect's history. The band had been going through a very tough period in their lives, and it seems this album had to be released to save their lives from spiraling into oblivion. The emotion is so raw, so vital, and so real. The vocal approach this album takes is a great help to that. The atmospheric textures on this album are excellent, the keyboards are ambient elements are more present than ever, and the guitar lines the float above the mix are expertly crafted. Another great entry into an ever evolving band's repertoire.
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