AOTY 2023

Hostile Architecture

Ashenspire - Hostile Architecture
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 667 ratings
2022 Ratings: #26
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Distorted Sound
At the expense of sounding hyperbolic, this could very well be the stand out album of the year, not just in black metal alone, but perhaps metal in general.
The Needle Drop

One of the year's most ambitious and harrowing metal releases.

Angry Metal Guy

Hostile Architecture might upset you, but as you settle into its fury, you just might fall in love.


It seems like every year, there’s exponentially more and more albums discussing class politics, wealthy leaches, the collapse of the middle and working class, the false necessity of capital, and the exploitation of those lowest on the societal totem. I wonder why that is. Meh, I’m sure it’s nothing worth worrying about.


Wicked stuff. The recording was kinda shit on song 5, but besides that I kept imagining people casting giant Harry Potter spells to this music. Fun stuff


what it sounds like to finally snap.

you tap away your alarm on your phone in the morning, and are greeted by a headline about a new instance of police brutality. over the radio on your commute to work, you hear talking heads praise the latest bits of legislation killed off by the governing party. you notice a new set of homeless spikes on the ground outside of your building, below spraypainted dogwhistles that have sat untouched for months. your manager mentions in passing that your ... read more


A controlled chaos, my words can't express how much i love this album.


BCNR if they were really proper angry
(I'm not allowed to say this apparently)


"If I drink Tollen’s reagent, will I finally shine inside?
And will I see myself as God sees me
If I pour it in my eyes?
Pour it in my eyes"
Well what's not to like? Never been a fan of avant-garde black metal but this definitely changed my mind.
It's absurd and it's progressive, it took me 2 times of listening to it to get used to it but I loved it.
The vocals are clean and couldn't be done better, they're being shouted by a guy who is angry from the imperialism and ... read more

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Added on: July 15, 2022