Mouth of the Architect

2013-07-17 14:39:05 UTC
MOTA

Dayton OH, United States (2003 – present). Mouth of the Architect is a sludge/doom metal/post-rock band from Dayton, Ohio, USA. The band formed in 2003 with the lineup of Jason Watkins, Gregory Lahm, Dave Mann, Alex Vernon and Derik Sommer. They released their first album “Time & Withering” in 2004 to positive reviews.

Soon after the band released a split with label mates Kenoma in 2006, their second album “The Ties That Blind” was released in August, and featured Brent Hinds of Mastodon on guest vocals on one track. To support “The Ties That Blind”, the band toured extensively around the United States, first with These Arms Are Snakes in late 2006, then with 400 Blows and Unsane in May and June of 2007.

Rumors of a breakup circulated after Greg Lahm (vocals, guitar) left the band in September 2007, but the band re-formed with guitarist Alex Vernon. They released their 3rd album “Quietly” on July 22nd 2008.

The current line-up consists of:

* Dave Mann (drums) * Steve Brooks (guitar) * Kevin Schindel (bass) * Jason Watkins (vocals, keyboards, samples)

"Dawning" - Mouth of the Architect has been constantly tweaking and modifying their sound with every subsequent release. Never stagnating as some bands and constantly making the same record over and over. When Quietly was released it seemed to either deter fans of the older styles found on Time and Withering and The Ties that Blind or further cement the opinion of MOtA’s consistent quality. Where Quietly was a sparse but an overall depressing, crushing journey The Violence Beneath EP showed they were experimenting and could cover something like Peter Gabriel with ease while putting their own touch on his work.

Now with Dawning it seems MOtA have figured out exactly what sound they were searching for, not content with merely being heavy for heavy’s sake or being overly soft and foregoing their metal past. "It Swarms" and "Sharpen Your Axes" are as destructive as any of their previous works and gives the middle of the album its heaviest moments as well as the needed aggression to keep the metal fans interested. The songs each hit their own peaks and valleys alternately expanding, contracting and exploding. They definitely use the loud/quiet dynamic almost to a fault but it's so well done it's hard to complain about it.

Still present is MOtA’s use of simultaneous harsh and clean vocals in most songs. They don’t give in to the current metal trend of eschewing all songs of harsh screamed vocals for a friendlier sound, they use them when it fits and don’t when it doesn't. “Patterns” showcases this very effectively with the majority being a slow song with clean vocals and just before the transition which softly repeats, “The pattern is revealed” before moving into an up-tempo riff with roaring growled vocals. On previous albums the tonality was quite steadily set in the low end of the spectrum; here they make use of a higher sonic palette to give songs more range. With each song averaging 7 minutes they have plenty of space to make use of that range, yet they manage to keep the listener’s attention and making each piece fit and sound like it belongs.

Atmosphere is still created with recorded vocal samples and background noises ala "Hate and Heartache" and it still works wonderfully. Where Quietly was mostly doom and gloom Dawning feels like there could be some hope left as the title implies. There is use of acoustic guitars and pianos as demonstrated on "Lullabye" and plenty of delay soaked guitar lines. The musicianship is excellent and the mix is done well, allowing the guitars to soar and the drumming to shine while the bass grinds away underneath it all. If this isn't on your album of the year radar yet you probably haven’t heard it or aren't paying attention. __[ SputNikMusic ].

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Mouth Of The Architect - Dawning Artist - Mouth Of The Architect Album - Dawning [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2013 Genre - Post-hardcore, Sludge-metal, Post-metal, Screamo [ POST OF THE DAY ] Tracklist 1. Lullabye 09:27 2. It Swarms 08:37 3. Sharpen Your Axes 06:55 4. How This Will End 11:23 5. Patterns 09:35 6. The Other Son 07:19 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPLOADED Mouth Of The Architect - Dawning STREAM + PURCHASE Mouth Of The Architect - Dawning -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Mouth Of The Architect Album - The Violence Beneath [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2010 Genre - Post-hardcore, Sludge-metal, Post-metal, Screamo Tracklist 01. The Violence Beneath 02. Buried Hopes 03. Restore 04. In Your Eyes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Mouth Of The Architect - The Violence Beneath STREAM + PURCHASE Mouth Of The Architect - The Violence Beneath -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- mouth-of-the-architect-the-ties-that-blind Artist - Mouth of the Architect Album - The Ties That Blind [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2006 Genre - Post-hardcore, Sludge-metal, Post-metal, Screamo Tracklist 1 Baobab 10:30 2 No One Wished to Settle Here 15:36 3 Carry On 12:09 4 Harboring an Apparition 7:55 5 At Arms Length 7:04 6 Wake Me When It's Over 12:53 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Mouth of the Architect - The Ties That Blind STREAM + PURCHASE Mouth of the Architect - The Ties That Blind -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- mouth-of-the-architect-time-withering Artist - Mouth of the Architect Album - Time & amp; Withering [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2005 Genre - Post-hardcore, Sludge-metal, Post-metal, Screamo Tracklist 1 A Vivid Chaos 12:06 2 Soil to Stone 11:24 3 Heart Eaters 4:57 4 The Worm 10:50 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Mouth of the Architect - Time & Withering STREAM + PURCHASE Mouth of the Architect - Time & Withering -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- mouth-of-architect-quietly Artist - Mouth of the Architect Album - Quietly [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2008 Genre - Post-hardcore, Sludge-metal, Post-metal, Screamo Tracklist 1 Quietly 10:33 2 Hate and Heartache 7:33 3 Pine Boxes 3:55 4 Guilt and the Like 7:39 5 Generation of Ghosts 10:07 6 Rocking Chairs and Shotguns 6:51 7 Medicine 1:57 8 A Beautiful Corpse 7:03 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Mouth of the Architect - Quietly STREAM + PURCHASE Mouth of the Architect - Quietly -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- mouth-of-the-architect-and-kenoma-split-2006 Artist - Mouth of the Architect / Kenoma Album - Split [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2006 Genre - Post-hardcore, Sludge-metal, Post-metal, Screamo Tracklist 1 Mouth of the Architect - Sleepwalk Powder 17:14 2 Kenoma - The Nature of Empire 11:45 3 Kenoma - 1913 8:28 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Mouth of the Architect / Kenoma - Split STREAM + PURCHASE Mouth of the Architect / Kenoma - Split -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: Deterior | Ira | Hand Of Fatima | Blindead | Back When -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MOTA --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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