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THE TIES THAT BLIND

Mouth of the Architect

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.58 | 8 ratings

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GoldenSpiral
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3 stars Mouth of the Architect is a typical example of the modern post-metal movement. That is to say, they are a fairly new band that is heavily derivative of the scene pioneered by Neurosis and Isis, and mastered in recent years by bands like Cult of Luna and Callisto. 'Ties that Blind' is the most recent full-length effort from MotA, and it is a truly powerful record that should strike a chord with anyone who is a fan of progressive atmospheric sludge metal bands, like those listed above. On this record, MotA do not tread on any new territory that wasn't previously explored by their predecessors, yet they manage to make a record of uncanny power. The tracks are undeniably epic, each reaching over 7 minutes, the longest of which ('No One Wished to Settle Here') sprawls well over the 15 minute mark. Like other bands that mix sludge metal with post-rock style layering, MotA's songs flow evenly through several sections each, usually alternating between light, beautiful layers that might remind the listener of Explosions in the Sky, and full-on sludge metal onslaught with guitars and vocals so dirty you might need to take a shower after listening. There are no unworthy tracks, and it makes for a pleasant listen from start to finish. One could say that MotA has progressed a good deal since their previous full-length, as they've thickened their musical layering and taken a more dynamic approach to songwriting. This is a very good record, though I think this style has been done better by other bands. If you are new to post-metal or progressive sludge, start with Isis or Pelican, but certainly find your way to Mouth of the Architect eventually. They've made a truly powerful record with 'Ties that Blind'.
GoldenSpiral | 3/5 |

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