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Klatzke 02/17/09 07:30 PM

Architects - Hollow Crown
 
Architects - Hollow Crown
Release Date: January 26, 2009
Record Label: Century Media


I want more albums like this. Seriously, this is metalcore done with the utmost degree of style. Formerly, I'd written Architects off as a fairly standard approach to the metalcore scene, because, well, they kind of are. There's nothing they're doing that's really pushing the boundaries of the genre, but it's the fact that they do everything nearly perfectly that makes Hollow Crown such a powerful listen. They're not trying to use some gimmick that they think is a hook to change your mind. They're playing straight metalcore, and they're doing it as well as some of metalcore's best.

I can already here everyone screaming "but Andrew, image shouldn't come into account!" However, when so many bands have made their image a part of who they are, it's come to reason that they should be held accountable for it, and those that choose to pass on this should be commended for the same idea. The album artwork and air of the whole band actually add to my interest. With Architects, and Hollow Crown you're not getting bombarded by a constant stream of "scene-ness." The album artwork, myspace layout, etc, etc... all go with a fairly simplistic approach and aren't attempting to dazzle you with stylist artwork or dizzying colors.

Not only does their vocalist Sam Carter sound like Oli Sykes, who I'll give major props to for that tremendous throat talent any day, their musicianship keeps up the pace and throws out both deadly riffs and scattered technical work. On the kit, Dan Searle is just genuinly impressive, throwing out some serious bass kicks in places, as well as just generally keeping the blood pumping throughout their entire sound.

Carter's resemblence to Sykes is really uncanny in some places. Of course, I'm talking about contemporary raspy-yelling Sykes, not the "listen to my br00t4l-ness" Sykes that showed up prior to Suicide Season. The vocals, of course, end up taking the reigns on Hollow Crown and they're more than fit to do so. They're perfect for guiding you through the many faceted sound that Architects carves out for themselves on this album. He'll take you up, screaming at the top of his lungs over a swift techincal riff, then bottom out into a near-growl while the instrumentation breaks down seamlessly. His clean vocals are nothing to scoff at either, and if you've heard the excellent clean vocals present in Suicide Season, then you're well acquainted with them. If not, then don't go in expecting the cliched soprano that all of these bands recruit; instead, you're faced with a vocalist that actually sounds like a male.

Architects is a band with talent, not unlike their fellow UK-ians Bring Me The Horizon. While their sounds are similar, it's not a copy. That is, Hollow Crown doesn't have the catchy flair of Suicide Season, but Hollow Crown has the monstrous crushing capacity that Suicide Season is predominantly without. I think that both of their albums easily compete, and I'm afraid to say that Architects may just come out the winner. The instrumentation is all tight, and Carter sure can bellow out a line. They keep the tracks pretty heavy, and the somewhat-obligatory pseudo-ballad even works out great due to Carter's excellent singing. A track that seems to be opressively heavy at first ("Early Grave") can space out and become a bit lighter, even going as far as giving you a few moments of melody to seek solace in.

If Architects is going to keep making albums like this, I'm afraid I may have to leave for the UK ASAP. As far as this genre goes, they've nearly clinched one of the spots in my "favorite albums" category. They keep the beats nice and heavy, the vocals nice and strong, all without ever falling into the "we can be THIS heavy" trap that a lot of their contemporaries seem to get lost in. We'll see what's to come in 2009, but as far as metalcore goes, Hollow Crown is going to be hard to beat.

Recommended If You LikeMisery Signals; Bring Me The Horizon


Myspacehttp://www.myspace.com/architectsuk

Cheesus 02/25/09 12:46 PM

Awesome review! I'm stoked to see someone else on AP recognizing these guys.

This album stunned me. I have followed Architects for a while now and this is without a doubt their best work ever put out.

I agree with the Oli Sykes resemblances as well, which is a good thing because both of them are my favorite metalcore vocalists.

I seriously just love this album. especially the gang vox on follow the water and such..

Brett3 02/25/09 01:12 PM

Great review. Loving this album right now.

Klatzke 02/26/09 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Cheesus (Post 37068282)
Awesome review! I'm stoked to see someone else on AP recognizing these guys.

This album stunned me. I have followed Architects for a while now and this is without a doubt their best work ever put out.

I agree with the Oli Sykes resemblances as well, which is a good thing because both of them are my favorite metalcore vocalists.

I seriously just love this album. especially the gang vox on follow the water and such..


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Originally Posted by Brett3 (Post 37071522)
Great review. Loving this album right now.




Thank you both.

Bloodsucker II 02/26/09 03:44 PM

Epic review bro. This album was definitely a breath of fresh air.

Klatzke 02/26/09 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Bloodsucker II (Post 37193512)
Epic review bro. This album was definitely a breath of fresh air.

Way to get in after the multi-quote thanks! too bad!

Just kidding, thank you

wreckyourlife 02/26/09 10:40 PM

architects have been one of my favorite bands since nightmares but this is by far there best release and my favorite album of 2009 so far, i never get bored of it, just goes to show you that alternative press knows nothing only gave them 2.5/5 booers on them

from debris 02/28/09 12:20 PM

have to give props when they are due. nice review and influenced me to buy the cd.

ffadam 03/01/09 08:02 AM

These guys are such nice guys and amazing musicians. The Hollow Crown stuff sounds amazing live as well. One of the best UK bands around just now.

batmannj 03/01/09 08:33 AM

Awesome review as usual man. I agree on the score, this is technical metalcore done at it's finest.

mighty 03/01/09 09:22 AM

Hollow Crown > Suicide Season

Klatzke 03/01/09 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by mighty (Post 37422902)
Hollow Crown > Suicide Season

I've found they're pretty even as far as my listening habits go.

bcblink 03/01/09 12:46 PM

I was an Architects fan before Hollow Crown, but WOW... INSANE record. Definitely was not expecting it to be as great as it is.

Nice review. Still the only reviewer I like on the site :P

Klatzke 03/01/09 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by bcblink (Post 37436052)
I was an Architects fan before Hollow Crown, but WOW... INSANE record. Definitely was not expecting it to be as great as it is.

Nice review. Still the only reviewer I like on the site :P

well thanks, in a strange sort of way lol

youngmountain 03/01/09 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by wreckyourlife (Post 37234972)
architects have been one of my favorite bands since nightmares but this is by far there best release and my favorite album of 2009 so far, i never get bored of it, just goes to show you that alternative press knows nothing only gave them 2.5/5 booers on them

Alternate press is probably just bitter that all the countless generic new US metalcore bands have just been shat on by one British one. Love this band, been following them since nightmares and they really do just keep getting better and better.

Good review, but come on this band is far superior to bmth.
Spot on though with the bit about how it is nice to have a young metalcore band that is not obsessed with their image.