Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mouth Of The Architect - The Ties That Blind

Artist: Mouth Of The Architect
Album: The Ties That Blind
Label: Translation Loss
Year: 2006

01. Baobab
02. No One Wished To Settle Here
03. Carry On
04. Harboring An Apparition
05. At Arms Length
06. Wake Me When It's Over


Mouth of the Architect’s 2006 release The Ties That Blind is a dense slab of spacey rock and metal in a style similar to that of bands such as Isis, Cult of Luna, and Neurosis. What sets Mouth of the Architect’s music apart are the extremely well-crafted, sludge-laden riffs that develop throughout the mellow passages. When one of those monster riffs really kicks in, it’s powerful stuff, made even more effective by the build-up process. That's not to say that the more atmospheric segments are strictly filler for the riffs, it's just that many songs in this particular genre meander for too long without actually leading anywhere.
There are only six tracks on The Ties That Blind, yet it still runs over an hour in its entirety (the shortest track still surpasses 7 minutes). There aren’t any specific stand-out tracks, and each song builds and expands over time, so this isn’t one of those albums that will work for every occasion.
The plodding build up and the monotone vocals are likely to bore quite a few listeners; however, if you have the time and patience to allow the tracks to fully develop, The Ties That Blind is definitely worth checking out.-by (


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