Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist

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Nowadays, Architects may be a different band compared to their pretty extreme first steps about 15 years ago in the UK, heavily influenced by the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan back then, but they are one of the metalcore groups with the most interesting evolutional trajectory so far.

Their sound does indeed cover a wide spectrum: Just listen to the stadium rock vibe, the choruses, and the orchestral parts of songs like ‘Dead Butterflies’ and ‘Flight Without Feathers’, in contrast with ‘Discourse is Dead’ for example, or read the variety of the guest list, from Parkway Drive’s Winston McCall to Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil. On the second half of the record the balance is tipped in favor of the melodic side of things, with stuff that will be perfect for the mainstream / teenage / Bullet for my Valentine audience but not limited to that necessarily. As a matter of fact, independently of personal taste, what Architects achieved with ‘For Those that Wish to Exist’ – topping the British charts that is – is quite remarkable and rare. Their lead single, ‘Animals’, easily fits in almost any playlist.