UK Metalcore has a distinct sound, and ARCHITECTS understand the formula all too well. Their sophomore effort balances dissonance and harmony with the blessings of a talented rhythm section and a singular vocal style. “Ruin” showcases a premier talent with the potential to mar the scene with a pivotal release.
Sam’s one-dimensional vocals offer a rare treat for Metalcore. Simplicity places the lyrics behind the band, which allows the technical brilliance of “You’ll Find Safety” to shine. Sam digresses when appropriate but graces the majority of the release with a straight-forward scream that works quite well.
Instrumental passages keep the evolving riffs from becoming an overwhelming monotony, and the guitar on tracks like “Low” reigns supreme. The Brighton musicians wrap their strongest works around intricate time signatures that change at will. The commanding production highlights the brilliance of the compositions, and each song plots a distinct course for the musical journey.
The Hardcore and Melodic Death influences on “Ruin” offer a solid foundation for an immense talent. The compositions here represent a high point for modern Metalcore and the band shows great potential for future growth. Place this one on your list of things to try this year.
(Online September 17, 2008)