Mouth of the Architect: Dawning
Dayton, Ohio monolith jammers Mouth of the Architect are a conglomerate of subtle, natural change. Their debut and second releases conveyed the building of atmospheres through strong lyricism, powerful guitar leads and ship-shape instrumentation. Quietly was a change of pace, as the core instruments themselves transcended sound in a superior way, all on their own.
Right from the first song, Lullabye, on the Sophomore Dawning, Mouth of the Architect is clearly serious about keeping it fresh. The sheer intensity of the vocals against the violent crash of instruments is almost too much for the ears, and the clean and garbled vocals swirling around each other only season the dire mood they were already so good at conveying. alone they yell “Enough is enough” and like a landslide the song climaxes, making full use of its nine minutes. Throughout Dawning, the dynamic of the vocalists are at the forefront. As tremolo picking swells throughout the release it is evident that, while the slow atmospheric builds of Mouth of the Architect’s yore were integral to weaving the tunes meticulously, it was not the only cornerstone of the music. Even the album’s longest song, How this Will End, spends very little time building up the intensity before letting it spray dynamically about its eleven minutes without growing dull.
Conversely, when Patterns demonstrates the group’s ability to take their time in working to a slow build, the contrast is jarring and inappropriate for the ridiculous energy abound. Unfortunately, Dawning ends on a bit of a weak note. The riffs of the closing track reek of an “Outro” feel a bit cheesy for the profound sonic textures that preceded it, but the ironic entertainment doesn’t detract from that second feeling of cockiness from the band; the riff tends to lag for a bit in the middle before a small tempo change takes place to predictably shake things up. For cutting out strong parts of their dynamic to leave only the intensity, Mouth of the Architect still manages to really shake things up for another year.
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