The Spotify Singles project has been running for a few years now. Serving up exclusive recordings from some of the worlds biggest artists. Joining the likes of Paul McCartney and Max Richter are UK Metalcore band Architects and their cover of the Deftones classic, “Change (In the House of Flies)”.
After the tour de force that was 2018’s Holy Hell, the d seemed like an obvious choice for one of these releases. But does it live up to expectation? Before we give it a quick review, take a listen to the Abbey Road recorded track below.
Bands doing covers has always been a bit of a difficult topic. The perfect cover should maintain what made the original special while also adding something new. Metallica’s “Whiskey in a Jar” is a good example of this. Orgy’s cover of “Blue Monday” is a terrible example of this.
The issue with this version of “Change (In The House of Flies)”, is that is an almost note for note copy of the original 2000s version. It is certainly enjoyable, but it has succeeded more in making me want to listen to the original, with little of what makes Architects a special band. As great as Sam Carter is he’s no Chino Moreno, especially when it comes to clean singing.
But maybe this is the point. Architects could simply be spreading the gospel of a band who have had a huge influence on them. Deftones are an older band these days (as scary as that is), and many younger Architects fans would probably never have heard Change (In the House of Flies) without this cover.
But this is a Spotify Single. Anything more than a passing thought is probably too much thought. It’s not like we’re paying for this. It’s a great track, no matter who records it. Though we definitely recommend the original! In fact, we recommend the whole White Pony album – if you like the cover, go check it out right now.