Album Review: Architects – Daybreaker

For a relatively new band on the scene, Architects have had an already interesting journey. Their first two albums, without current vocalist Sam Carter, seem to be completely ignored in their live sets, choosing to start their career with 2009’s incredible ‘Hollow Crown’ album. After that storming release, much of the tecnicality that made Architects so good was dropped in favour of pop sensibilites and catchy choruses for 2011’s ‘The Here And Now.’ While the band have expressed a little regret over some decisions taken with that record, a year later they have created something which sits somewhat uncomfortably between both those releases.

Undoubtedly, Architects have decided to go as big and as grand as possible on ‘Daybreaker.’ Opener ‘The Bitter End’ is a sinister, electronic intro unlike anything else in their back catalogue. Carter’s thick accent, doing for England what Twin Atlantic have done for Scotland, sets the band apart when he sings like he doeArchitects Daybreaker Artworks here and throughout the album. It doesn’t take long before the more trademark screams show up and ‘Alpha Omega’ ushers in the return of the band’s technicality.

Which would be fine if it remained throughout the whole song. When the guitars run in time with the bass drums, it’s a welcome return of the fret-wankery missing from ‘The Here and Now.’ But then Carter starts singing, and the simplicity which plagued the last album returns, with a single dissonant chord under his vocals – it’s boring and uninventive when every other British metalcore band is doing the same thing, and when you know Architects can do better.

It’s this constant mishmash of the band’s two previous albums that makes ‘Daybreaker’ so frustrating. Ideas appear at the beginning of ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ which are incredible and complex, only to be disregarded once the vocals appear. As the song progresses however, Carter churns out some Linkin Park-esque howls and things become a bit more experimental and atmospheric. By the time “you fucking pigs!” is dropped, it’s reminiscent of that moment in ‘Early Grave.’ All of this in just one song.

With ‘Daybreaker’ it feels like Architects have created something that doesn’t fully understand what its endgame is. Moments of old-school brutality shine through only to be shot down moments later with a massive sweeping chorus only recently found in the band’s arsenal. As a whole, it is much more worthy of enjoyment and respect than ‘The Here and Now’ but going forward, Architects have to hone their sound into something less frustrating and awkward.

Rating – 6


About Scott Wilson

Having spent the last twenty years of his life telling his friends his opinion of the latest release by every band he has ever heard of, Scott is an enthusiastic journalist and keen writer. A fan of every genre of music, though his heart firmly belongs to rock, he has been spending far too much money on gigs and not enough on digs. Reachable by either email or Twitter where copious amounts of commentating and general excitement can also be found.

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