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Annominus - The Architect

Annominus
The Architect
by Martin Knap at 24 May 2018, 10:39 PM

ANNOMINUS are a four-piece band from Denmark, and currently they are on Mighty Music’s roster. It is hard to pinpoint them musically. The label’ s PR text says that they “can best be described as a mixture of Hard Rock and Metal with crunching riffs” and that their music “creates pleasant flashbacks to the ‘ 00s metal scene”. I feel a little bit lost here… After listening to “The Architect” I kind of get what the band is going for, but I’m not sure if I grasp fully what they are about. I’m getting a bit of an “Intelligent Metal” (think TOOL or EVERGREY) kind of vibe. We find some attempts at Progressive songwriting here and their slightly enigmatic lyrics also point in that direction (their songs have lofty titles like “Logos” or “Audient Void”). That’s the best way I can describe them.

Distinctive” starts with a really heavy Thrash riff combined with melodic singing, then comes a chorus that has a strong Grunge feel to it. To me it‘s a bit painful to listen to: it seems out of place because there is no development in the preceding section and the melody sounds like lifted from any generic Grunge song, the singer even sound a tad like Kurt Cobain. The whole song feels ponderous and unfortunately this is not an exception on this album. I really like the Proggy riff at the beginning of the second song “Submertia” and the vocal melody is quite nice, but then comes a labored chorus that ruins the song. “Nautilus” suffers form the same problem as the first two songs, there is an attempt at a Proggy bridge, but it sounds very mechanical and clumsy. There is a section with harsh vocals and a heavier riff that sounds unintentionally like IMMORTAL (the Black Metal band). The lyrics on “Through Perdition” have some of the most annoying rhyming schemes that I’ve heard in a long time. The hook in the chorus fails badly, it is really painful to listen to. There is absolutely no tension – release in the composition – the song fails on a very basic level. The B-side of this album is not much better then the first half, so let me abstain from commenting on it. I will only point out that there’s a song called “Faux Maux”, which in plain English means “Fake Slut”. I don’t really know what to make out of it…

This album has been quite painful to listen to and review. I like the intention behind this album, but not the result. The songs are melodic but lack good hooks; there are some nice riffs, but they are buried in the overall dullness; the instruments are played in a lifeless, mechanical way - we don’t find any memorable lead melodies, interesting solos or drum fills in the songs, nothing that would give the songs some life. I hate to write reviews like this, but I can’t with clear conscience say that this album is good.

Songwriting: 3
Originality: 5
Production: 5
Memorability: 4


 

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Destinctive
2. Submertia
3. Nautilus
4. Through Perdition
5. Logos
6. Cubic
7. Faux Maux
8. Audient Void
Lineup:
Jacob Zinn - Vocals & Guitars
Mathias Wahl -  Drums
Peter Sandvig - Guitars & Vocals
Jens Moseholm - Bass
Record Label: Mighty Music
     


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Edited 18 October 2018
 

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