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Mouth of the Architect


Experimental/Post Metal

3.31 | 7 ratings

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4 stars The departure of MotA, and the back to their roots. "Time & Withering" has been released in 2004 as MotA's debut album, and they've remastered and rereleased this album in 2017, finally. I'm interested and quite curious if they would grab the debut stuff out and squeeze their newer intention into it, and my expectation's been guaranteed obviously.

Easily imagined that the first shot "A Vivid Chaos" should get to be their sound basis. As the title says, vivid, young and promising flavour with hints of some post-metal vanguards can be heard, filled with distorted voices and exaggerated guitar plays, all of which can be thought veteran too, surprisingly. Again mentioned, the basis of MotA. The following "Soil To Stone" sounds deep and onyx leaning towards Japanese traditional (aka 'enka-ish') melody line ... its oriental taste could get sympathized with also by Asian, especially Japanese rock fans. Beautiful atmosphere veiled in hardcore voices and metallic instrumental rumble is another characteristic of MotA, let me say. Impressive is distorted violin vibe like David Cross in the shortest track "Heart Eaters". Heavy guitar attachment as if beneath the deep green sea should completely eat not only our heart but also whole body. Mass of the simple repetition of the same phrase cannot bore us but improve our musical motivation definitely. The last 'must' one "The Worm" could remind the audience of a worm wandering out from the underground, I guess. Along with kind of Krautrock-ish psych-electro texture all around the stuff, dramatic keyboard phrases and massive heavy guitar movements go forward, based upon inorganically strict drumming and bass plays ... like the dark, lonely life of a small invertebrate. Amazing is such a comfortable aftertaste of this track, flooded with warmness regardless of post-metallic loudness and dissection.

Kinda treasure.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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