Album Review: Architects – “Holy Hell”

Architects - Holy Hell

Sometimes when discussing a bands newest release, it’s crucial to speak about their history to provide the reader with a proper understanding of what they are getting into.  Architects were formed in Brighton in 2004 by twin brothers Dan and Tom Searle.  Through their formative years they mixed and matched various styles of metallic and hardcore musings until they really found their footing on 2014’s fantastic Lost Together//Lost Forever.  Following up with the monstrous All our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Architects were on a mission that seemed unstoppable.  Then, tragedy struck the band in 2016 with the untimely passing of founding member/guitarist/main song writer Tom Searle.

No one would have blamed Architect’s for calling it a day after such a loss.  However, they have soldiered which brings us to their eighth and latest album, aptly titled Holy Hell.  It represents a band rising up from the darkest depths imaginable.  Putting iron to forge, Architects have manufactured a musical amalgamation that unfolds in waves of visceral anger, desolate sadness and in venturing to such depths, finds catharsis. Continue reading

Profile: Blake Dellinger of Flummox

Flummox

Straight out of Tennessee comes a band that as their label put it in the description of Intellectual Hoolaganism, “You decide the description of Flummox???.” Can’t get much better than that. Seriously, there’s sounds in this album that no one would have ever thought to put together much less make an album’s worth of material with. And the best part, it RULES. Take extreme metal, jazz fusion, doo wop, progressive rock, funk — just to name a few of the double-digit count of different music strains here — and you’ve got something completely unique thats begs exploration. Along the way a funny thing happens, time slips and a spin is done but it’s not enough to even begin to take it all in. That is how Flummox gets you. Just ahead of the album’s release, later this week, we got the chance to ask bassist and vocalist Blake Dellinger our set of Profile questions and most answers are just as out of left field as their music. Don’t miss it and be sure to grab a copy from the links below. Continue reading

Profile: Ryan Schutte of Seattle’s Experimental Mathy Grind Duo Pound

Pound
Pound

For a band that consists solely of two members that play a nine string guitar and dual drum kits respectively, Seattle’s Pound make one hell of a sweet racket. Set to release their debut full length, Pound, in July via Silent Pendulum Records this duo will readily lay to rest any doubts of reading a descriptor such as “mathy grind over ridiculous grooves with a pinch of doom and a techy heart.” Yes, there is quite a a lot thrown together here but the seamless way guitarist Ryan Schutte and drummer David Stickney string it all together, cohesive and hypnotic are words that float right to the front of the brain. I’ve said before that an instrumental band absolutely has to give it all to keep attention spans and Pound do this in spades. We recently had the chance to sit down with Ryan armed with our set of Profile questions to find out what makes the band tick and he knocked it out of the park for an extremely interesting read. Check it out below and don’t forget to hit the links and grab a copy for yourself. Continue reading