Architects
Daybreaker


4.5
superb

Review

by welljesuschrist USER (15 Reviews)
November 25th, 2012 | 24 replies | 1,742 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hugely underrated.

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

And they're back. Except they never really went away did they? For all the supposed decrying and rejection of their 2011 full length The Here and Now, the follow up to the critically acclaimed Hollow Crown, it was generally well received. Sure it was softer, less technical and in some ways less fulfilling than Hollow Crown, but it's a long way from the artistic failure that fossilised Nightmares-era fans would have you believe. At worst it felt scatter-shot; lots of good ideas with some coming off better than others. So it seems redundant to be labelling Daybreaker as a comeback album or a return to form. And the question of whether it veers closer to Hollow Crown or The Here And Now in terms of 'heaviness' and sound, is also redundant, because the answer is neither. Daybreaker is both an expansion and a streamlining of everything they've done before, taking the strengths of both Hollow Crown and THAN and expertly weaving them together.

Tracks such as the blistering 'Alpha Omega' combine their technical aptitude with soaring melodicism to stunning effect. 'These Colours Don't Run' harkens back to Ruin's relentless riffing and discordant guitar and 'Feather of Lead' is the savage punk thrasher that they seemed to be aiming for with tracks such 'The Blues' on THAN. 'Behind The Throne' and 'Unbeliever' are fully fleshed out and effective ballads, but it's the middle ground where Architects really hit their stride; 'Outsider Heart' is superb, its dragged out anthemic chorus utterly infectious. 'Daybreak's epic, swelling final coda is absolutely hair raising and highlight 'Truth, Be Told' (a strong contender for the best song they've ever written!) showcases just how subtle and confident their song-writing has become; effortlessly ebbing and swelling between softer sections and a soaring bridge and chorus.

Sam Carter well and truly cements his position as metalcore's premier vocalist here. At 23 it's startling just how confident and accomplished he sounds. His clean vocals are full and rich (those whinging about the increased employment of them since Ruin need their ears tested), his mid-range bark is full of bite and venom and he often employs a raspy, Jesse Lacey style strung out shout to great effect.

Musically Daybreaker refines and perfects what Architects have done before; lyrically it does anything but. Alpha Omega is a subtle and down-right erudite critique of organised religion, it's final lines 'let me say my decency comes from inside, just human heart, a decent mind, we all slip up from time to time' succinctly rubbishing the predatory diatribe of Abrahamic religion that morality can only be derived from and justified by some stagnant sky God. On 'Devil's Island' they get ripped into the mindless greed and fury that swept England during the riots of 2011 - 'you want a voice, but your voices sound like violence, you shout so loud but all I hear is silence' and the predictable and pathetic, left-wing apologetic response that flooded large portions of the media in the aftermath is equally savaged as Sam bellows 'remember this for what is was, a bleak rejection of absent minds'. On 'Daybreak' the general stupidity and ignorance of society as a whole is questioned - 'it seems to me this boat is sinking, weighed down by irrational thinking' and again on 'Truth, Be Told' as Sam softly sings the album's saddest line 'I want to wake up, and find the world in remission, free from the grasp of the human condition'.

It's poetic and learned stuff and lends an enormous breadth and depth of intellectual and emotional weight to Daybreaker absent from the majority of music. As guitarist Tom Searle recently stated; 'if you’re singing about your girlfriend breaking up with you, then you don’t have any problems. Most people on planet earth aren’t lucky enough to call that a problem'. It's this awareness and far-sightedness that truly elevates Daybreaker from a great album to an absolute classic. Ignore the crap sniping, poser calls for more 'brootalness'/technicality and twines for regression; Daybreaker is Architects defining moment and already a strong contender for album of the year.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
welljesuschrist
November 25th 2012



64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hugely underrated album imo. Originally here - http://www.youarentcool.com/reviews/47/daybreaker

Best thing they've done by far.

BigPleb
November 25th 2012



35508 Comments


Nah its not

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2012



21768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nah its not [2]

sspedding
November 25th 2012



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nah its not [3]

Shuyin
November 25th 2012



11422 Comments


not underrated at all, i enjoyed this for awhile tbh.

a 3

Digging: Integral - Sercosa

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
November 25th 2012



876 Comments


Nice review, even though I do doubt the rating. Enjoyed Hollow Crown a bit when it came out, might check this.

Tyrael
November 25th 2012



20798 Comments


lol

Alucard125
November 25th 2012



534 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think 'The Bitter End' is the best track on the album. Just sayin'.

J0ckstrapsFTW
November 25th 2012



3652 Comments


Not underrated [1 2 3]

Evreaia
November 25th 2012



4009 Comments


hugely overrated shit band

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

welljesuschrist
November 25th 2012



64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I new most would disagree but hey ho. I also thought Devil Sold His Soul's last album was the best thing they'd done, but most people disagreed with me on that too .

wacknizzle
November 25th 2012



12896 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked this alot at first but it wore off pretty quick. I was let down with 1/4 of it being ambient songs, definitely kills the energy, Truth Be Told is good though. Not enough dissonance and heaviness to satisfy my thirst.

Digging: Racebannon - Satan's Kickin' Yr Dick In

Winsomniac
November 25th 2012



7965 Comments


He just new it.

sspedding
November 25th 2012



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lmao

sspedding
November 25th 2012



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review is actually surprisingly well written though have a pos.

FearThyEvil
November 25th 2012



12469 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Good review but this album isn't that good.

XingKing
November 25th 2012



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd say a 3.4 is more than fair. The problem with this album is that half of it just flat out sucks. They released most of the good tracks prior to the actual albums street date and there is an excessive use of keyboards. It was cool at first, but they don't use it in an interesting manner. Every track with keys follows the same exact structure. While on the topic of structure, most of the songs follow the same one as well. Their idea of returning to their heavier roots is basically throwing finger tap riffs all over the place and using some dissonance here and there.

Loveless
November 25th 2012



46 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

XingKing said it perfectly. I'll add that the production on this is terrible, Sam's screams are at
their very worst and the politically inspired lyrics are pretty cringe worthy. At this point they seem
hopelessly lost and I'm not sure if they'll ever pull their shit together again. They're already
writing their sixth album as it doesn't seem like they got the reaction they were expecting
from this one, and it's meant to be quote "the heaviest Architects album ever".

DrGonzo1937
November 26th 2012



5439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Been meaning to check this album out.

InFiction
November 26th 2012



3646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I really don't think this album is any good, but your review was really well written, so I pos'd.



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