Architects – The Here And Now
It’s startling, really, when you put into perspective the transformation Architects have made in the past few years. My first taste of the band was with Ruins, a record which done enough to convince me that the band were set to be a dominant force in the UK metalcore scene. A transformation was underway with Hollow Crown, the band embracing a new hardcore sound with a huge amount of density, which at times was too much to consume but when the band done it right, it really was something brilliant.
The Here and Now, when compared to Hollow Crown, thrives in every way its predecessor faltered. When the former record got very heavy (which was quite often) it suffered from sounding quite cluttered, and at some points in the album got quite hard to break down. How do you fix this? Enter Steve Evetts, the producer behind possibly the noisiest band in existence today; The Dillinger Escape Plan. The American group have stood by their man for over a decade now, and that’s down to his impeccable ability to layer such density in metal music, to a point where what would have sounded like noise overload instead sounds ultra heavy without losing the listener in amongst the wall of sound. It has proven to be an inspired decision because the production her is flawless. The subtle parts of the album sound gorgeous, often backed up with delicate undertones whilst the relentless noise sounds more crisp than ever.
Hollow Crown just feels like a mere stepping stone in relation to The Here And Now. Architects seem to have completed their transition into post hardcore territory and whilst some feel like it has been done in desperation, I would be happy to point out that this is Architects at their absolute best. Yes, if you’ve heard lead single “Day In Day Out” you will find almost criminal similarities to Alexisonfire but these moments are few and far between, and I’d urge listeners not to judge an album on one track. Architects have an identity of their own. You just need to listen to tracks like “Learn To Live”, perfectly marrying the music at its most delicate and loudest, and the brilliant “An Open Letter To Myself”, a crescendo that maintains it’s beauty all the way through from its emotional beginning to its climatic end.
In essence, what you have is the album every hardcore band at grassroots level will be trying to imitate and every established band will be trying to beat. The Here And Now is an absolute world beater. A beast of a record that will no doubt receive critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and that’s because Architects have taken something the Americans have been brilliant at and put a powerful British spin on it. Forget everything you know about Architects because it is now irrelevant. Taking the album title literally, The Here And Now is what the band should now be judged on, and I can tell you for a fact come the end of this year, Architects will be huge.Architects - The Here And Now,