December National Music Reviews

Review: Drugs of Faith – Architectural Failures

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Drugs of Faith
Architectural Failures
Malokul Records
Street: 11.12
Drugs of Faith = Dead in the Dirt + Jawbox + Pig Destroyer
If any genre should be bulletproof to experimentation and expansion, it’s grindcore, but in 2013, strong releases by Call of the Void and Beaten to Death have challenged this notion, and Drugs of Faith are right alongside them. Blast beats provide emphasis rather than a machinegun dominance, which all too often subverts impact for love of speed, allowing these songs to stretch out. The vocal delivery is crucial to Drugs of Faith’s formula, with singer/guitarist Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) airing his grievances in a post-hardcore style that is immediately intelligible. The area where Johnson and crew don’t stray from the grind path is in subject
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