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Friday, 23 March 2018

ARCHES

BandARCHES
GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryU.S.A.
Years Active2007
Song: "Let's Ruin Tonight"
Album: "17:48"
Year: 2007
For fans ofCease Upon The Capitol, Descubriendo A Mr. Mime, Khayembii Communiqué, The Sky Below And Earth Above, My Life With The Spaniard, Jeromes Dream, Senza, Deadseraphim, Subjects/Rulers, Caught In The Fall, Hugs, Towers and Portrëit aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Communique Records
This post's artist is from the February 2018 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the March 2018 Mix#3 right here or get the new April 2018 Mix#4 here.

I don't even remember how I first heard about this band. I know I bought the '17:48' 12"LP around the time it came out, but how I came across it is still a mystery to me. So let's get this out of the way first, I like ARCHES. I think their screamy hardcore style was pretty neat. I remember waiting for the 12" and being excited. I remember hearing the first track and being pumped on the rest. Then I remember thinking it's just mediocre after blasting through it a few times. They had the elements of creating amazing stuff but were a band for too short of a time to reach that pinnacle...so says I.

Their (from what I can tell) lone LP begins with "Let's Ruin Tonight", a simultaneously raw and chaotic track that includes a brief chill section. Overall it (and the rest of the album) brings to mind Portrëit, Cease Upon The Capitol, My Life With The SpaniardDeadseraphim and early Descubriendo A Mr. Mime. Songs "Uncle Owen is Dead" and "Don't Remember" also follow this similar mashing of late 90s/early 2000s emotional hardcore. "Carcharodon Carcharias" is very lengthy for an ARCHES song, as it clocks in over the four-minute mark (most songs barely pass range from one to three minutes) and uses the extra time to build a distant, eerie, guitar-driven intro. This builds to a swelling, unstable and spacey midsection with a seeming climax that playfully recedes, only to double-back full force at the three-minute mark. "interlude" is pretty much what you'd expect and the subsequent "It's a Trap" (yes, another Star Wars reference) is unstable and a blistering 46 seconds. "Koom Til Doom" opens with an instrumental, dark beginning before culminating in fiery glory from 30 seconds onward, not unlike "Life in Crimson" which gets scary-dark and unrelenting halfway thru.

The physical 12" was pressed on 560 vinyls with 200 and something covers made. I'm not sure if they were lost or something, but it sounds like 340 records were recovered later on. If they have covers or not, I am unsure.

So yeah, that's all I got.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2007 - 17:48 12"LP (download here)

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(2007) ARCHES - "Let's Ruin Tonight" (from '17:48')

(2007) ARCHES - "Don't Remember" (from '17:48')

(2007) ARCHES - "Koom Til Doom" (from '17:48')

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ARCHES out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)
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3 comments:

  1. Um, so it's good at first then it basically sucks? Like aviator?

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    1. It definitely doesn't suck! It's just mediocre/average in terms of how good it is. I could see some people fucking loving it! It gets a 6/10 from me.

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    2. How you been man? We need to talk more screamo .I'm not banned anymore .

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