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It’s both astonishing and inspiring to think that Architects are about to drop their 10th studio album.
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To put into perspective just how prolific that is, it’s the same amount of albums that Metallica have in their catalog, which seems like a pretty fitting comparison considering much like Metallica, Architects commonly find themselves being labelled as one of the most influential metal bands of all time. Upon listening to their newest offering, the classic symptoms of a broken spirit, it’s easy to see why.
As evidenced through previous releases and reinforced by classic symptoms …, Architects possess an unflinching ambition to alter the fabric of their sound, and time after time again, the group seem to prove just how effective change can be. Undoubtedly, classic symptoms’ reliance on synthesisers, MPC’s and pop-metal choruses may turn off older fans who resonate more with the group’s mathcore origins, but for the vast majority who have embraced the group’s progression, the experimentation of their 10th effort will stand up as a favourite amongst many. Ushering in the newly adopted arena metal approach prevalent throughout the release is deep fake, an incredible opener which stands apart due to its unique use of bent notes in the breakdown, which work to create a kaleidoscopic feeling as each note is lingered on.
Ultimately, the classic symptoms of a broken spirit has something for everyone, with the group’s 10th full length proving yet again that Architects aren’t just masters of metalcore or any other niche sub-genre, they are masters of metal as a whole.
tear gas ups the ante even more, with its driving synthlines, non-linear riffs and unrelenting percussion channelling industrial elements reminiscent of ‘With Teeth’ era Nine Inch Nails. a new moral low ground and be very afraid stand out as favourites for the group’s long-serving listeners, with both songs seeing Sam Carter briefly bring back his unrepentant gutturals to match the song’s aggressive nature. Whilst living is killing us, will help the group reach new markets, with its downtuned rhythms and heavy drum and bass components leaning more towards the heavy rock stylings of Muse or Royal Blood. Ultimately, the classic symptoms of a broken spirit has something for everyone, with the group’s 10th full length proving yet again that Architects aren’t just masters of metalcore or any other niche sub-genre, they are masters of metal as a whole.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Deep Fake, Living Is Killing Us, Be Very Afraid
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