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Architects – The Institute, Birmingham – 12/03/2014 | Live Review

Check out what we thought of Architects live at The Institute, Birmingham.

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Architects like Marmite are not to everyone’s taste, splitting opinions on every album release since ‘Hollow Crown,’ the Brighton based quartet have not found pleasing the UK’s critics and fans easy, with the release of their latest effort ‘Lost Together // Lost Forever’ have they found an inner peace?

Before we find out, Landscapes attempt to warm up the sparse crowd. A difficult task not helped by the lack of interest, which is a shame as their brand of hardcore is screaming for a response for the tight rhythms and passion spewing from their pores.

Northlane’s diversity from down under, however, fairs a lot better. Frontman Adrian Fitipaldes exudes confidence and switches between the beautiful and brutality effortlessly as the mosh pit opens up for powerhouses ‘Windbreaker’ and the genre defying ‘Quantum Flux.’

New York hardcore veterans Stray The Path maintain the carnage opening with the whirlwind of funk, ‘Badge & A Bullet.’ Controlling the room as if they were headlining, with a groove that’s akin to Rage Against The Machine it feels like the quartet are outgrowing the underground with the breakdown of ‘Radio’ and the brutality of ‘Damien,’ their songs do sound awfully similar, but Birmingham don’t seem to care as they go batshit crazy.

None of the above matters as a sense of restlessness and anticipation fills the air for the main event, and the euphoria that follows is sensational as the new material takes centre stage early on with ‘Gravedigger’ and the soaringly heavy ‘C.A.N.C.E.R.’ A confident aura surrounds the band from the off, perhaps buoyed on by the crowds response to the new tracks or how well their new album has been received either way they are on ferocious form as the riffs of ‘Alepha Omega’ breaks necks it is refreshing to see them so humbled when the sounds of, “so sick of the sound of people giving up, you can’t stop me from giving a fuck” deafens frontman, Sam Carter during ‘Naysayer.’

Bands that have been around for a decade often fall by the wayside dreaming of their pipe and slippers, not Architects, as the final notes of ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ ring out, it finally seems as though they are comfortable in their own skin and on the verge of hitting the big time.

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