Architect's brand of aggressive hardcore chugs along with a death-like energy: the verses are rhythmically driven by regular guitar riffs and crashing drum lines, and the grooves flow smoothly out of them to a satisfying effect. The production is crisp and suits Architect's style well. The violent, anti-religious lyrics are carried through in a deep, throaty scream, which fits aptly into the rest of the mix.
However, there isn't much more to All Is Not Lost than that mentioned above. The style isn't original, the breaks aren't surprising, the instrumentation and vocals aren't varied. Besides a few slower tempos, variety is the biggest thing lacking in the album. The songs use the same sound to follow the same basic outline, and it only takes a few songs before Architect's formula gets tiresome. You've heard all of this before, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but the die-hard fan who just can't get enough of this type of oversimplified, anger-based hardcore. (4/10)
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