Song Review: Hand of the Architect – “Secrets”

Song Review: Hand of the Architect – “Secrets”

Song review: Secrets
Band: Hand of the Architect
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Genre: Hardcore/Metal
Reviewer: Permabaked

It’s a very rare occurrence for me to hear something even close to the Hardcore genre that I can actually listen to with anything close to admiration. Seriously, it’s rarer than getting a shot at Emma Watson. But listening to this song was like getting that shot, and oh boy, it was a great moment indeed…

First of all, I want to point out one of the greatest things about this song, which is that it isn’t trapped in these implied, and completely false, rules on how to write a hardcore song. Its structure is unique, and the first time that you hear it, it’s actually unpredictable to an extent, which is fantastic to see. The only thing that bugs me a little bit is the short little intro at the start of the song. It’s the only thing that sounds a little bit too generic, at least in my opinion. That being said, it’s short, it fits and that does ultimately come down to personal taste, so I’m not too bothered about it, and I don’t think anyone really will be. Overall, I’m really impressed by how this song has been constructed, and would love to see this band continue writing songs with these less predictable, and in my opinion, better song structures.

Moving on to the instrumentation in the song, and I really think that the writers of the song have hit the nail on the head again. The song is heavy when it’s meant to be and mellow when it’s meant to be as well, which is a breath of fresh air from the large number of bands that unsuccessfully try to do this, and instead just end up with a monotonous wall of sound in most cases. The chugging rhythms that the guitars play have a lot of depth to them, which actually makes them interesting to listen to. As well as that, the melodies that the guitars play throughout the song are really nice as well, and do a really good job of adding a particular atmosphere to it. The drums are very focused on following the rhythms in the song very intently, which is absolutely fine, however I couldn’t help but feel like the drummer didn’t really deviate from the main rhythms as much as he could have. There are a few good fills here and there, but there wasn’t really anything that gave the drums a particularly special flair to them. That being said, the drums are tight, and that is the drummer’s most important job above anything else at the end of the day. Finally, the vocals, both harsh and clean, are performed spectacularly well. The singing is actually really nice to listen to, and the harsh vocals have a really aggressive kick to them, without being too incoherent or over the top. To top it all off, the lyrics are memorable and unique, which further adds to the song and its overall appeal. Again, that’s not something you normally see in the hardcore genre. Hell, even the breakdown is unique, and sounds really good, too.

I’m pleased to say that everything in ‘Secrets’ is mixed together perfectly. After listening to it, it’s obvious that every little section has been paid a great deal of attention. The song has been mixed to have a very clear and concise heavy sound that’s like a punch in the face. Along with this, it also has an almost grand sound to it in places. This adds to the listening experience incredibly so. I listened to this song plenty of times in quite large periods of time whilst taking notes and writing this review, and I never got bored of listening to it, which is really saying something. All in all, the production quality of this this song sounds absolutely brilliant and puts the band in a professional light. Well done.

This is coming from someone who doesn’t like hardcore, check this song out. The writers of this song should really be proud of themselves for creating such a top-notch metal song. After listening to this song a few times, I wouldn’t mind seeing Hand of the Architect live, and if you make people want to come out and see you play your music, you KNOW that you’re doing something right. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it.

Vocals: Screams: 7/10 Cleans: 8.5/10
Lyrics: 7.5/10
Guitars: 8/10
Bass: 8/10
Drums: 8.5/10
Songwriting: 8.5/10
Production: 9.5/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8.5/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 8/10

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