"The Here and Now" (Century Media; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Architects are a young UK quintet who have undergone a bit of an overhauling, as their latest endeavor, "The Here and Now," marks a noticeable departure from the band’s roots of tech metal and deathcore in favor of a streamlined and slick modern metalcore sound more in line with 36 Crazy Fists, The Bled or Funeral for a Friend (“BTN”).

While this new direction is executed with undeniably confrontational guitars (“Stay Young Forever”), momentarily vicious vocals (“Delete, Rewind”), and tiny shards of the sound they left behind (“Year In Year Out/ Up and A”), fans accustomed to the band’s more dastardly nuances and menacing tones don’t have much to look forward to from this encounter, as cleanly sung choruses bursting with memorable melodies stand tall in this squad’s attack with touches of acoustic guitar (“Heartburn”) and mild electronica (“An Open Letter to Myself”) coming into play.

Nonetheless, Architects does an admirable job by spreading their wings and experimenting with heavy music’s dynamics and compositions, creating an album that will undoubtedly alienate old school fans but may open the door for a whole new following. -Mike SOS

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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