Architects at Sonisphere 2011
Brighton based, Architects, are on the Apollo Stage after Sylosis. They have had some turmoil in the band lately with bassist, Alex Dean, leaving in February, but luckily he re-joined in July 2011. Perhaps it was this tasty Sonisphere slot that lured him back?
Generally the band is received with a good response upfront, and two circle pits forming quickly, but they fail to convince the people at the back right from the onset. Saying that, the relentless charm by front man, Sam Carter, seems to have an effect and heads start bobbing around the arena.
The band is tight and solid, but sadly the sound is not as crisp as it was with the previous act, Sylosis.
Just as the crowd seemed to warm to Architects, they made a big faux pas by adding a Rock Ballad to their metal set. This, to me, spoiled their set quite a bit. Maybe it was the sound quality at the back, but I think this was an error. Saying that, the Architects fans absolutely loved it.
All and all a good set for the slot, but it was not convincing enough to move higher up the bill next year.