Gig review: Architects – Garage, Glasgow – October 3rd, 2010

The Glasgow date of this year’s ‘Rock Sound Presents…’ Tour began in relatively uninspiring fashion, with a fairly mediocre display from Hertfordshire’s Lower Than Atlantis [5]. The quartet’s bleak brand of pop-punk tinged with hardcore is a far cry from their promising Every Time I Die-esque beginnings, and while a fervent cluster of their followers were out in force, the band’s resonant yet somewhat lacklustre approach made little impact on anyone else. The impression left by post-metal crew Devil Sold His Soul [9], on the other hand, could not have been more different. Surging into view like men possessed, the sextet from London wasted no time in slashing their way through a performance characterised by glorious melodies and unbridled euphoria. Vocalist Ed Gibbs was on blistering form, and tracks from recent album ‘Blessed & Cursed’ which perhaps seem a little too static on record proved to be thrilling in a live setting, the tremendous ‘Callous Heart’ being the most notable example. Norma Jean [7] failed to reach such epic heights, albeit only marginally. The Atlanta collective’s ferocious technical hardcore grew somewhat repetitive at times during their set, but these moments were undoubtedly outweighed by numerous instances of supreme skill and flair, combined with bruising brutality. Perhaps the greatest strength demonstrated by the band, though, was their unrelenting desire to provide as inclusive a performance as possible. Frontman Cory Brandan Pitman seemingly possessed full control of virtually everyone in the room, and this, coupled with the abrasive musical display on show, resulted in a well-deserved enthusiastic response from the masses.

Such a reaction, however, appeared futile in comparison to the hysteria that erupted upon the arrival of the night’s esteemed headliners. Since the release of the monumental ‘Hollow Crown’ in January 2009, the rapid rise of Architects [10] has refused to relent, and this show felt like a true culmination of the remarkable two years or so that the Brighton five-piece have rightfully experienced. Phenomenally talented vocalist Sam Carter proclaimed that the gig was “the third biggest headline show we’ve ever done”, and when he and his bandmates tore through current single ‘Day In Day Out’ with obvious hunger and a sense of energy from which certain other bands could learn, the observation that the lads are worthy of their shot at glory instantly evolved into undeniable fact. Their overwhelming vigour aside, however, in musical terms Architects are as tight a unit as anyone could wish to watch perform, as drummer Dan Searle, bassist Ali Dean and guitarists Tim Hillier-Brook and Tom Searle each carried out their respective tasks with faultless precision throughout, and fronted by Carter who, on top of his wonderfully impassioned and soaring vocal abilities, proved to be a master of providing his frenzied fans with exactly what they were after. From the vicious intricacy of ‘Numbers Count For Nothing’ through the dramatic climaxes of ‘Buried At Sea’ to the utterly stunning ‘Early Grave’, this was the performance of an unstoppable force at the absolute peak of its powers. A quite exhilarating rendition of melodic anthem ‘Hollow Crown’ added a different yet welcome dimension to proceedings, and after the pace had been recaptured during an encore featuring the outstanding, chaos-fuelled ‘Follow the Water’, the realisation that a career-defining performance had just taken place suddenly swept across the entire venue.

There is no doubt that Architects were a force to be reckoned with when they were playing smaller-scale shows at venues such as Glasgow’s Cathouse less than two years ago, but as this memorable display at the considerably larger Garage would suggest, the band not only merit their place on the big stage, but they also thrive upon it, and for a band whose foundations are so clearly rooted in technical metal, this achievement is quite remarkable. When a hugely gifted band such as Architects progress from strength to strength in such an extraordinary way it is fantastic to see, and on the evidence of this incredible showing, this progress is destined to continue for some time to come. Sam, Tom, Tim, Ali and Dan – take a bow.

     

About JJPorter

JJ is a 20-year-old student hailing from Scotland, who lives and breathes music. His favourite genres include a variety of styles of metal, as well as hardcore, punk, and just about everything in between. Contact JJPorter on Twitter or via Email.

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