[Century Media Records]
RIYL: YOUR DEMISE, NORMA JEAN & MISERY SIGNALS
Since 2007, Brighton, UK’s ARCHITECTS (UK) have been making a name for themselves. It wasn’t until the bands third full length, Hollow Crown released in 2009, that the band hit their stride. Hollow Crown mixed their energetic Bless The Martyr… era NORMA JEAN influenced hardcore meets metalcore with their own brand of brutality and melody. When they released 2011′s The Here And Now they experimented a little and added more melody, much to the chagrin of their fans. Daybreaker finds the ARCHITECTS (UK) mixing the best of both and creating a whole new creature without losing their own identity. Album opener ‘The Bitter End’, sets the tone and mood perfectly as it’s hauntingly sung vocals and eerie background music sets in. It’s when Sam Carter starts screaming that the listener begins to understand that they mean business. ‘Alpha Omega’ kicks in and shreds as good as any material from Hollow Crown ever did. Sam’s vocal prowess even mistakenly leads the listener to believe, near the end of the track, that LINKIN PARK’s Chester Bennington lent his talents. From this point on Daybreaker ebbs and flows nicely. This is definitely a more mature record for the band as they have managed to balance that delicate line between trendy and trend setters. ‘Behind The Throne’, easily the most epic song the band has ever written, proves that these boys are on to something. It’s a hauntingly beautiful and dark track that many may push aside as not interesting. But like SLIPKNOT’s last two records, there is so much more happening and proven here that to brush it aside does not only the band a great disservice, but it’s denying ones self of some amazing music. On the other side of the fence, ‘Feather Of Lead’ displays the bands new found ability to rock a track by keeping it heavy without being over the top. Which perfectly describes the overall tone of Daybreaker. The ARCHITECTS (UK) are on to something here. -by Jon Hole
Recommended listening: ‘These Colors Don’t Run’, ‘Behind The Throne’ & ‘Devils Island’
Guest musicians: Jon Green of DEEZ NUTS on ‘These Colors Dont Run’; Oli Sykes of BRING ME THE HORIZON on ‘Even If You Win, Youre Still A Rat’ & Drew York of STRAY FROM THE PATH on ‘Outsider Heart’
Production credits: Produced by the Architects (UK) with John Mitchell and Ben Humphreys at Outhouse Studios in Reading (Enter Shikari, Your Demise)
Release date: Europe: May 28, 2012 / USA: June 5, 2012
In conclusion…Bringing back just enough of the Hollow Crown sound, due in part to using the same production team, Daybreaker is the bands most mature outing to date.
As an extra bonus, when the album is purchased via iTunes, it has a bonus track titled ‘Rise Against’, which is funny because the band RISE AGAINST has a track titled ‘Architects’.