Review : Architects - Daybreaker
BBCThere was a nagging suspicion that Architects had snatched at, and missed, their big chance with 2011’s ambitious but ultimately far from emphatic The Here and Now; but the Brighton metallers have returned in dramatic fashion with Daybreaker. While last year’s effort attempted to court the mainstream with slower, apparently more accessible songs, this fifth album showcases the full breadth of the band’s talents, comprising a finely balanced end product.
The Bitter End opens the album with brooding menace before descending into raspy electronic rancour. On the face of it, it’s a slow and abrasive entrance – but there are underlying currents of subtlety and beauty. The high-octane Alpha Omega offers something different, though: the track sprints through tumultuous riffs complementing Sam Carter’s powerful roar ‘til a shoulder-swinging chorus lands smooth, confident vocals over choppy, complex guitar motifs....full text
Sputnik MusicArchitects is a very hard band to understand. They create two of the most fast paced metalcore albums and top that off with their magnum opus titled Hollow Crown. They are technical, heavy, and most of all fun as hell albums. Clearly I’m a fan of these albums and of course was upset with their last album The Here And Now. It has been said many times why this album was disappointing, and while I agree, it became a nice album to listen to on occasion. With that said, when that album came out everyone in the metal community just went “HUH?” all at once with a huge sigh on the side. Architects saw this and clearly wanted to wash that album out of people’s memories because their new album Daybreaker is coming out only a year later. Daybreaker is Architects way of saying “Sorry” at first by releasing two very well made songs called These Colours Don’t Run and Alpha Omega. While I do really like These Colours Don’t Run with very technical and catchy riffs, the lyrics kind of kill it using a cheesy “America sucks” theme that seems to be straight out of a YouTube video they searched up. Other than the lyrics, the riffs (like I said), vocals by the singer Sam, and even the end breakdown is straight up ear candy. Alpha Omega on the other hand is just plain awesome. ...full text
Our ZoneEverything about this latest release from Brighton’s favourite metal band screams ‘bold statement’. To those that decried their last effort, this is a monumental middle finger waved an inch from the face. To those that think they can do no wrong, this record stands on the shoulders of previous efforts and dazzles. The band have admitted they felt it was time to make a stand with this new release, widening their gaze to issues of global consciousness; indeed the depth and severity of the subject matter somehow seems to drive these songs forward like a sixteen-wheel truck with no brakes....full text
Rock SinsRemember in 2009 when Architects released Hollow Crown? it sounded fresh, vital and genuine, and it made them one of the most influential British metal bands around. They followed it up with the much more mainstream friendly The Here And Now. Many fans and critics didn’t take too kindly to the album, but it was a very brave move for them to make that kind of album. You see, the best bands are only known as the ‘best bands’ because they evolve, and that’s what Architects tried to do on THAN. On Daybreaker however, there’s no evolution, there are no brave moves, there’s only the sound of a band playing it safe.
Would it be lazy of me to say that Daybreaker sounds just like Hollow Crown? Yes it would… But that doesn’t change the fact that Daybreaker sounds quite a lot like Hollow Crown....full text
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