Mouth Of The Architect
Path of Eight


5.0
classic

Review

by teamster USER (3 Reviews)
June 27th, 2018 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A return to the apex of post metal.

I know what you are thinking. Teamster came out from under to showcase another one of his favorite 2016 post-metal releases. Yes, I am guilty. I have a personal obligation here at Metal Storm to present the best post-metal albums I can find. The genre as whole lurks pretty much unsolicited on this site. Thankfully 2016 has been a great year for post-metal and the zenith is Mouth Of The Architect's latest release, Path Of Eight.

Path Of Eight has everything a fan of the genre craves and some unforeseen significance along the way: mainstays like crescendo, soft moments and debilitating, layered, sludge-style riffage; pounding drums and subwoofer-shaking bass lines; and, of course, Mouth Of The Architect's signature keyboards and synths. They do electronics better than any other band in the genre. Once again, they lay a firm foundation for the rest of the instruments to play over. Lastly, the vocals consist of a mix of smooth cleans and throat-killing screams. Up and down, back and forth. Just beautiful.

Much to my astonishment, other traits found in Path Of Eight not normally associated with Mouth Of The Architect are female vocals, ritualistic and tribal song patterns - giving the sound a psychedelic feel - and surprisingly tasteful guitar solos. Also, I won't go as far as to say they are in Ghost Brigade territory now, but there is even some refrain and melody in most of the songs. This alteration gives Path Of Eight diversity and a once-in-a-life time kind of sound. Nothing I've listened to this year comes close.

The production is the biggest selling point to my ears. In my humble opinion the last album was a step backwards for the band in that area. All of the instruments seemed too far spaced from each other. The cohesiveness was lacking. On Path Of Eight, it feels as though the musical additives are all situationally circled around a gentle campfire, pinging off of each other in absolute synchronization. The overall texture and tone sounds breathtaking - and very expensive to produce. I am glad Mouth Of The Architect didn't pull back any punches in that area. The reward definitely outweighed the risk.

Although the songs are considered short for post-metal - they are structured in a way that they can be briskly remembered after each play through. The musicianship is flawless, reaffirming the total package Path Of Eight is. I have been completely floored by Mouth Of The Architect and this album sits just a hair beneath their masterpiece, the mighty Quietly. That is saying a lot. There are still a few months to go in 2016, with some big name post-metal bands still to release albums, but I am already declaring Path Of Eight as my 2016 album of the year.


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teamster
June 26th 2018


3315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For Flug. Originally posted on October 8, 2016.

Digging: SOM - The Fall

teamster
June 26th 2018


3315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I hope it's ok to post reviews from other webzines...

Shuyin
June 26th 2018


13351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AOTY 2016



this is supposed to be the soundtrack to what happens when we die, and its fucking gud so get on that shit

Digging: Conjurer - Mire

Shuyin
June 26th 2018


13351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

PS: finally something good that comes out of the AVL thread, yay

teamster
June 26th 2018


3315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The female vocals are none other than Jason Wadkins wife.

JustJoe.
June 26th 2018


5431 Comments


As promised.

Digging: HMOT - Oneirology

jesterhead92
June 26th 2018


5472 Comments


So glad Alex Vernon is back in the band, I haven’t really enjoyed their output much since he left in 2008

Shuyin
June 26th 2018


13351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love the progression of this band, and this album grew on me so much. I hated it at first

HarryBoBerry
June 27th 2018


601 Comments


Review is excellent and has convinced me to revisit this album.

DungeonBoy
June 27th 2018


4917 Comments


Cool bro, I used to jam The Ties That Bind back in college, how does this compare?

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jesterhead92
June 27th 2018


5472 Comments


In my opinion it’s not nearly as good but most people seem to really like it

DungeonBoy
June 27th 2018


4917 Comments


Thanks bud, might check it out, or rejam TTTB instead

Papa Universe
June 27th 2018


18102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cheers, teamster, but this album was a tiring dread for me...



mouth of the architect - POS of eight

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Shuyin
June 27th 2018


13351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is very different from TTTB, there's no point in comparing, imo

mindleviticus
June 27th 2018


9563 Comments


love quietly and the ties that blind but this and dawning are snore and yawn

DungeonBoy
June 27th 2018


4917 Comments


Oh good to know, I want to jam some tunes, not take a nap

Flugmorph
June 27th 2018


19684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

OH NO NO NO NO NO NO NO





HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Digging: The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

Shuyin
June 27th 2018


13351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This site is designed to hurt my feelings

jesterhead92
June 27th 2018


5472 Comments


mindleviticus same



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