All is Not Lost

Back when Black Market Activities was a new label, one of their first releases was by Found Dead Hanging, who subsequently broke up. Now, Found Dead Hanging (and Word As AVirus) return as Architect.Folks, this is a gnarly, blistering, chaotic and a downright heavy album. Sharing traits with similarly chaotic recent spurts from the likes of Ed Gein, Gaza and Car Bomb, Architect stride the line between spazzy, grinding DEP inspired discordance and precise, bombastic lurching throes of A Life Once Lost or Apiary. Either way, All Is Not Lost is a monstrous, politically charged record that despite it’s innate discordance, manages to not come across as sheer noise, but a jarring, abusive assault of tangibly angry music. 

Amid the swirling, squealing complexity that never grate, is a menacing, bulldozing throb and sludge as displayed by tracks like ‘Collapse The War Engine’, ‘Broke Dick Dog’, ‘Sic Semper Tyrannis’, “The End of This” and ‘The Giving Tree’ that deliver some of this young years heaviest moments. And with 11 developed, purposeful tracks steeped in a raucous, yet teeth rattling production and the expected snarling vocal attack, All Is Not Lost ends up as a monstrous entry into the genre.

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Written by Erik T
January 23rd, 2007


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