The riffs are taut, the fuzz is well and truly brought, and it’s a hell …
Archetypes Collide have ‘faked it till they made it.’
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On their debut, the Arizona upstarts don’t care to waste any time introducing themselves as up and comers. Instead, they mark themselves as a band who knows what they want right from the outset, with their self-titled release presenting a similar arena sized vision that you’d expect from bands that have been dominating the stage for the past decade.
Delivering a sound that sits somewhere between the anthemic bravado of Bring Me The Horizon; the pop-rock sensibilities of Linkin Park and the ferocity of Architects, Archetypes Collide defines itself as an album that’s designed to be played loud and to the masses. From the roaring choruses of Fade Away to the colossal breakdown’s on Counterfeit and Destiny, it’s a release that’s been expertly crafted to adorn arena sized audiences and large scale festival crowds.
While Archetypes Collide does have many defining moments as an album, its output lends far too heavily from its influences; the majority of the release feels like a cut and paste of distinct features from the group’s favourite bands.
While Archetypes Collide does have many defining moments as an album, its output lends far too heavily from its influences; the majority of the release feels like a cut and paste of distinct features from the group’s favourite bands. Parasite and Destiny adopt riffs jarringly similar to the newest Architects release; Counterfeit sees Kyle Pastor channel Chester Bennington; and the pop/hip-hop inspired Fade Away feels right out of the twenty one pilots handbook. It’s all too distracting for listeners, who may find themselves drifting from the song’s strengths to its similarities with what’s come before. But while Archetypes Collide may not showcase the same level of originality as some of their idols, it does possess equal levels of prowess and accessibility, leading to some incredibly promising moments throughout the release. Making Archetypes Collide future releases absolutely ones for fans of modern day stadium rock (…and Architects) to keep an eye out for.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Counterfeit, Destiny, Deep End
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, Architects