Record Label: Century Media
Everything 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.
Considered opener ‘The Bitter End’ soon gives way to an onslaught of diverse and varied shades of contemporary metal that quite frankly shames almost all-comers with an underlying menace, dread and savage rage on ‘Alpha Omega’ that you suddenly realise is missing from a large percentage of new metal releases. This album feels organic, a manifestation of frustration and matured anger as opposed to the unconsidered lashing out of a teenage group of musicians. The production is clinical without being soulless, snapping and chugging in all the right places but also allowing for swimming, spacey soundscapes on ‘Truth, Be Told’.
This is a record that feels like a band approaching their zenith and defining their sound to within arm’s reach of perfection – with Daybreaker, Architects have shed their youths and grown into one of the most cutting edge and vital metal acts the UK has to offer.
- Top Tracks
- Alpha Omega
- Even If You Win, You’re Still A Rat
Daybreaker is out May 28th via Century Media