Antropofagus - Architecture of Lust

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2012

Back in the day, I used to have more patience for bands like Antropofagus. These days, listening to a band with a drummer that double-basses constantly and rides the snare like his life depends on it bores the fuck out of me. I swear that this guy is going 500 BPM and never slows down noticeably. Every one of the tracks on this album sounds the same, mostly owing to the fact that the drums drown out the guitars. The vocals are audible over the drums, but everything else is just background noise. There’s some technical Death Metal guitar work in here somewhere, but half the time you can’t hear it under the blasting drums and the gurgling vocals. Honestly, if I wanted to listen to drums and vocals, I’d listen to Rap. Musically, this sounds like it could be similar in style to Nile or Deeds of Flesh, but that’s only based on what little I could make out of the riffing. I don’t think Architecture of Lust is as technical as Necrophagist, though. This might have actually been a good album if not for the way it was produced. I don’t know who started this trend but they really need to stop this shit now. It is almost as bad as that whole “Necro” movement in Black Metal. If you’re playing brutal, technical, Death Metal, make the fucking guitars loud enough so that we can hear what you’re doing! You can have the most awesome riffs in the world but if nobody can hear them, they may as well not be there at all. A competent studio engineer could have saved this, but as it stands, Architecture of Lust isn’t worth tracking down as far as I’m concerned.

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