In this Unknown Music Thursday blog, we are going to get into some music that most of the readers on this blog have never heard of before. The band is a Swedish Dark Power Metal band called Mad Architect. Their new record called “Journey To Madness” with their new singer Snowy Shaw. After a ton of research on the internet, I can not find too much information on this band. Let us get into the music.
Echoes From Beyond
The keyboards and guitars start the song. It is slow and mystery. The guitar riff is pretty good. Nice intro to the record.
The opening track has some killer drumming and guitar work. I love the singers vocals. I am not really a fan of the back up vocals. I believe it will grow on me. I love the movement on the guitar playing. Snowy wrote some solid lyrics on this song. There is a nice guitar solo towards the middle of the song.
I love the guitar playing at the beginning of the song. I love the melody from the singer. This song has a nice pace to it. The keyboards are simple but it fits this song. I have to say this is my favorite song off this record so far. I believe this song should be their first single. I love the singing between the lead and back up vocals. The drums have a good beat and bass playing is perfect. I love the acoustic guitar about quarter into the song. I really do not like the singing over the acoustic guitars. The drums are calming with a nice simple bassline. The pick up after the acoustic part. It comes with a nice guitar break. I am not a fan of the singing at this part of the song. To me, it does not really fit the music, however, it is still good and this is their music style. The back half of the song has some really killer guitar work along with some solid drumming. I love the guitar solo towards the end with some great singing over the top. The drummer really made this song great. I love the ending to “Universal Law.”
I love the driving pace of this next song. The drums and guitars are solid. Bass player has a nice, simple but perfect bass line. The singing on this song fits the theme and the music. I love the time changes on this song. There is some nice lyrics on “Mad Architect.” I love the keyboard playing. It really adds a nice element to this band’s sound and style. There is a nice guitar solo towards the end of the song but I just felt it was too short. Nice touch on the ending.
Transitions – Part 1
Here is another instrumental song on this record. I love the guitar work and keyboard playing. It sounds full not like most instrumental songs without the drums and bass.
I love the guitar, drums, and bass playing at the beginning. I can barely hear the keyboards. I love the singing and the lyrics on “Sailing Away.” Snowy’s singing is extremely strong on this song. The music is awesome. The drumming is off the charts. Snowy’s singing style is starting to grow on me. I can now hear the keyboards on this song. I just feel at the beginning they turn it down. There is a nice guitar break towards the middle of the song. It turns into a nice guitar solo. This is one of their best songs off this record. “Sailing Away” needs to be one of the singles off this record. Damn! I love the drumming at the end of the song.
There is some good acoustic guitar work with some nice effects on the guitar. I love simple drum beat when Snowy comes in singing. Snowy’s singing is by far the best on this record. I love the lyrics. “Floating” has some great music on it. This song might be the slowest song on this record but it is pretty powerful one on this record. They did a great job on the music and how they used the keyboards to push the limits of the song.
I love the music at the beginning of the song. I love the pick up on this song. I love the singing with some great back up vocals. They put some thought behind this song. There is some nice lyrics on “Strange Machine.” There is an awesome guitar solo towards the end of the song. It is the best solo off this record. There is a nice ending to this song.
This is the bonus song off the CD version. I love the music at the beginning of the song. There is some great guitar work with some nice support from the bass playing. The drums have been off the charts throughout this record. There is some great singing and well written lyrics on “Altered States.” Snowy has a nice melody. This song has a nice pace to it. There is a nice guitar break towards the end that turns into a nice guitar solo. This solo fits and flows nicely in and out of the song. I love the acoustic guitar exiting and ending of the song and the record. The keyboards and distorted guitar fading in and out. Nice ending!
Current Line Up:
- Snowy Shaw – Vocals
- Magnus Daun – Guitars
- Erik Ferentinos – Bass
- Zven Lindsten – Drums
- Jorgen Oscarsson – Keyboards
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In closing, I do not get into too much of the dark, extreme, or death metal. However, I will listen to it, I love the music these bands come up with but I can do without the singing. I do love some of the singing from these bands. I am not saying that about Mad Architect is in any sub genre of the metal universe. They put out a great record that will have me listen to more these styles. Snowy’s singing comes close to that area of the metal world. As I listen to “Journey To Madness” more and more, I found myself loving his singing and style. He has a different pace and sound to other singers. The guitar playing is really good on this record and Magnus wrote some great guitar solos on this record. I love the work from the bassist and the keyboard player. The drumming is off the charts from Zven. This drummer makes this record from good to great. I was pretty impressed with his playing. I recommend you checking this band’s music out and let me know what you think of it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser