Trainwreck Architect debuts with Traits of the Sick
Traits of the Sick officially drops on Nov. 12, and the Montreal collective is a little slice of nostalgia for metal buffs of days past, and a little bit of metal metrics for the rest of us newbians.
If one member from each of the Big Four had side project together, this is what it would sound like. The intro song “Comatose Era” lulls you right in, with a blues-clad medley, and classic drop-tuned bass before exploding into a gripping and disorienting flurry of arpeggiated scales.
“The Culprit,” which is the next track, leaves us in no doubt that these guys are serious about straight up metal music. “Die Like A Legend,” comes in softer with power-chord progression and subtle vocals, temporary luring the listener into a sense of comfort, before throwing them back against the wall with the next track “The Door Slams Shut,” which is the antithesis of subtle.
Trainwreck Architect, has described their sound as “wreck ‘n’ roll” and it’s easy to see why. They bridge the gap between metal and grunge safely, on a line that’s been teetered on for years by the acts that followed the Big Four.
They’ve put together an eclectic mix of thrash, metal, and rock, and distilled it into a ten track debut album, which is intoxicating for the heavy hearted metal heads.
The band recently had a free show at the Katacombes in Montreal, Que. To gather footage for their upcoming video for the track “Dream Pariah” off the new album
The overarching theme of the album is the idea of humans being animals, and never willing to be satisfied, according to the band. Upon listening, it’s easy to see this is evident in both the composition of the songs, and the structure of the album itself.
The songs bleed so seamlessly into one another, that before you know it, the album is over. One piece of advice, hit “repeat all.”
Review by Brian Talmey