Mental Architects are a math rock trio from Sofia, Bulgaria, formed in 2001. Tony- guitars, Niki – bass/ keys and Max – drums/ electronics delivering a very intense, but refreshing cocktail of Math Rock and Progressive Rock, heavy riffs and very technical parts, rapid passages and slow, sometimes meditative moments are smartly build together in a flowing, beautiful hurricane of music.
They reminds me of Valerian Swing and their brilliant 2011 album “A Sailor Lost Around The Earth”. “Celebrations” consist of eight songs, each one of them being a small masterpiece, a little joyful ride.
The band tries to break away from the lack of tradition in Rock music indigenous to our area with a style of “Joie de Vivre” instrumental rock close to the sound of ASIWYFA and Fang Island. They released in 2011 the EP – “Patience, Communication, Understanding, Go!” which was produced/engineered by Chris Common of These Arms Are Snakes.
The band released in April, 2nd 2012 “Celebrations” and it was produced and engineered by Aaron Harris (ex-ISIS) with mastering handled by James Plotkin (Khanate). The record includes notable guest appearances by Joseph Andreoli of math-rock bigwigs Giraffes? Giraffes! and Bryant Clifford Meyer of Red Sparowes. At this point in time “Celebrations” is holding the #1 position under the “math-rock” tag in Bandcamp, standing proud next to/ahead of releases by Tera Melos, Hella and Russian Circles.
1. Spell Shelter
2. Here Is Where, Where Better
3. Launch The Avalanche
4. When Sound Turns Into
A Person He Becomes One Of Us (free)
6. Caves Of Keys
8. Once Again We Meet At Last
The band is planning to dedicate 2012 to touring the new record, worth to keep an eye and an ear open and catch them, see them live. “Celebrations” is one of the best instrumental Rock album I heard recently.
“Celebrations” is available in limited CD digipack edition on the Domino Media Store