"Ghost of the Salt Water Machines" (Black Market Activities; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Laying down a confrontational and caustic foundation of apocalyptic heaviness, Architect's abrasive metallic hardcore tackles weighty sociopolitical issues while crashing through aural receptacles with the grace of a pile driver on their nihilistic nine-track affair "Ghost of the Salt Water Machines."

Channeling the red-faced, well-informed aggression of Deadguy, Coalesce, and Ringworm, this sextet boasts the scathing guitar tones and seismic rhythmic rumblings ("Uninventing the Wheel") that come sans fancy haircuts and energy drink endorsements, opting to keep an eye on society's ills rather than on the TMZ ticker ("The Dog and Pony Show").

And, when this act's heartfelt screamy gang shouts ("I Am Become Death") and sludgy atmospherics kick in ("Camelot in Smithereens"), be prepared to spiral through the depths of urban decay and modern era blight while this seething troupe paves the way.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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