Mouth of the Architect, Cokegoat, Neverender Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Aug. 25, 9 p.m. 2013

I still don't understand why Dayton band Mouth of the Architect isn’t as big as some of the better-known groups to attract the "postmetal" label while still being pretty damn present-tense metal—say, Isis or Neurosis. Not prolific enough, perhaps? Maybe the new Dawning (Translation Loss), their fourth full-length, will help—it's a monster that effortlessly enfolds a half dozen subgenres, insinuating its oozing tentacles and squid ink into the gaps between them. The long songs, part prog and part sludge, traverse great distances across varied soundscapes, and there's something distinctively human and organic about them—the mix of clean and harsh vocals sometimes produces a kind of chorus wailing that's surprisingly intimate, and lyrical, bluesy guitar licks grow through the riffs like grass through cracks in concrete. —Monica Kendrick

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