Mouth Of The Architect - Path Of Eight review

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Band: Mouth Of The Architect
Album: Path Of Eight
Release date: October 2016

01. Ritual Bell
02. Fever Dream
03. The Priestess
04. Sever The Soul
05. Drown The Old
06. Stretching Out
07. Fallen Star
08. Path Of Eight

I know what you are thinking. Teamster came out from under to showcase another one of his favorite 2016 post-metal releases. Yes, I am guilty. I have a personal obligation here at Metal Storm to present the best post-metal albums I can find. The genre as whole lurks pretty much unsolicited on this site. Thankfully 2016 has been a great year for post-metal and the zenith is Mouth Of The Architect's latest release, Path Of Eight.

Path Of Eight has everything a fan of the genre craves and some unforeseen significance along the way: mainstays like crescendo, soft moments and debilitating, layered, sludge-style riffage; pounding drums and subwoofer-shaking bass lines; and, of course, Mouth Of The Architect's signature keyboards and synths. They do electronics better than any other band in the genre. Once again, they lay a firm foundation for the rest of the instruments to play over. Lastly, the vocals consist of a mix of smooth cleans and throat-killing screams. Up and down, back and forth. Just beautiful.

Much to my astonishment, other traits found in Path Of Eight not normally associated with Mouth Of The Architect are female vocals, ritualistic and tribal song patterns - giving the sound a psychedelic feel - and surprisingly tasteful guitar solos. Also, I won't go as far as to say they are in Ghost Brigade territory now, but there is even some refrain and melody in most of the songs. This alteration gives Path Of Eight diversity and a once-in-a-life time kind of sound. Nothing I've listened to this year comes close.

The production is the biggest selling point to my ears. In my humble opinion the last album was a step backwards for the band in that area. All of the instruments seemed too far spaced from each other. The cohesiveness was lacking. On Path Of Eight, it feels as though the musical additives are all situationally circled around a gentle campfire, pinging off of each other in absolute synchronization. The overall texture and tone sounds breathtaking - and very expensive to produce. I am glad Mouth Of The Architect didn't pull back any punches in that area. The reward definitely outweighed the risk.

Although the songs are considered short for post-metal - they are structured in a way that they can be briskly remembered after each play through. The musicianship is flawless, reaffirming the total package Path Of Eight is. I have been completely floored by Mouth Of The Architect and this album sits just a hair beneath their masterpiece, the mighty Quietly. That is saying a lot. There are still a few months to go in 2016, with some big name post-metal bands still to release albums, but I am already declaring Path Of Eight as my 2016 album of the year.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 9
Production: 10


Written on 08.10.2016 by Be gentle, I never said I was any good at this!


Comments: 5   Visited by: 350 users
08.10.2016 - 05:00
Okay okay okay okay you sold me. Listening now

By the way, great review. I love how you start with a description of what's awesome and EXPECTED about the album, then delve into the surprises and what makes it DIFFERENT with an obvious twinkle in your eye.

And, I really dig this band's name.
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
08.10.2016 - 06:58
Thanks for the review. I need to hear this- I don't really know if I've given Mouth of the Architect much of a chance.
08.10.2016 - 19:54
China was a neat
Don't even remember if I've heard this band's songs or albums but will check this out of the curiosity to see how much a overrating this might be. =P
08.10.2016 - 20:23
I know nothing about post metal but I may snag this as some pretty cool background music, for the awesome production alone. Thanks for bringing this album up reviewer.
10.10.2016 - 14:57
Everything remotely related to Ghost Brigade catches my attention. Definitely gonna check this out.

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