MetalBite Review by Adam M on 2/10/2017 12:04:33 PM
Mouth of the Architect performs a bare bones approach to post-metal. There really is a lot to take in with this band, however. The music here is straightforward enough, but deep in its treatment of the sub-genre. It is thus a very authoritative view of the genre and should not be taken with a grain of salt.
The music sticks to the standard instrumentation for the majority of its run-time and makes good use of it as well. This can be seen as different then a band such as Isis, which makes use of hollow drums to give themselves a very tribal sound. The music here is indeed up front and normal enough, but it has a great deal of depth with the complexity that the songs reach at times. Though they sound normal, there is a need to add some intricacies and make for a neat and compelling listen. Though they don’t match the output of Cult of Luna in terms of quality, there is a niche aspect to the band that is very appealing. This music sounds straightforward, but is different enough in nature that it will appeal to a broad range of post-metal lovers. One has to investigate the album closely to unveil the small intricacies that are present. The songs converge to interesting points at times and take a keen listening ear to uncover the goodness that’s found within. This can be seen from the interesting Stretching Out for example. The problem with the album is that the quality lessens when compared to the top bands of the subgenre like Cult of Luna, Isis and Neurosis. There is simply more enjoyable music to be had from those bands then there is here.
However, for those looking for another outlet for their post-metal listening experience, there’s a lot to like with Mouth of the Architect and this album Path of Eight.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10