Daybreaker showed Architects returning to their trademark math rock-infused metalcore style that they perfected on albums like Ruin and Hollow Crown whilst also infusing it with melodic aspects that showed up on their divisive fourth effort The Here and Now. This is an album that tries to make up for the softer sound of the previous album but also shows a natural progression from Hollow Crown with more electronic music added in to ambient effect particularly on tracks like 'Devil's Island' and 'These Colours Don't Run'. Sam Carter's vocal work is improved from The Here and Now as he returns to the throat slitting high screams he is well known for whilst also retaining his clean singing which compliments his unclean vocals well. The record still suffers from some of the same problems as The Here and Now in that some tracks can get a bit samey and slow and it lacks a lot of the intensity that Hollow Crown had. However, this showed the band returning to form after their last disappointing effort and saw them slowly regain their mojo as one of the hottest metal bands in the UK.
Daybreaker is the fifth full-length studio album by the British Metal/Hardcore band Architects overall, and their fourth since the current frontman Sam Carter joined the band.
When the band began, their sound had about an eighty-twenty ratio of hard and heavy music with a clear Math-Metal influence to light and melodic music with a more Post-Hardcore direction. Over time though they gradually shifted that ratio by about twenty percent towards the more melodic and commercial side of their sound with each new album that they released. Many fans and publications felt that the band had hit upon the perfect formula on 2009's Hollow Crown album and then the album which followed, 2011's The Here And Now, was a step too far (despite also being a very good album regardless)
With Daybreaker the band have in-part toned the melodic and commercial side of things down by several notches and made a more logical successor to the style found on Hollow Crown. That being said however, Daybreaker is still their second least heavy album to date and the band have also in-part taken things one step further than on The Hear And Now, as there is a lot of synth, piano and clean singing. Additionally, the album features guest appearances from members of Bring Me The Horizon, Deez Nuts and Stray From The Path.
Daybreaker is rarely as heavy as anything off of Ruin or Nightmares and at times is more melodic and mature than anything on Hollow Crown (save for that album's title track, which 'Behind The Throne' is reminiscent of here) for example the clean middle of 'Day Break' and the start of 'Truth Be Told.'
As a generalization however, this album is also a lot heavier and more intricate than most of The Here And Now, for example `Outsider Heart' and the other three pre-released tracks; so if you liked both Hollow Crown and The Here And Now then this album will likely satisfy you pretty well in a sort of best-of-both-worlds way.
There are several ways you can look at this particular album's direction and the band's decision to go a little heavier than last time. If you go for negatively; the band are cynically back peddling. If you go for positively; the band are putting aside their own musical pride to give the loyal fans what they want, or lastly you can look at it neutrally, that these are just the songs that got written in this particular session with no real game plan. I'd personally land on the neutral option, but at the end of the day its up to you whether or not to believe them.
Depending on how you do end up viewing things it may colour how you view the album overall, but I would urge you to try and be as objective and open-minded as possible when listening to Daybreaker and to just allow the music to speak for itself. It may take several spins to really grasp all the little nuances from the performance and become accustomed to the shift in lyrical direction but I feel it is ultimately worth that initial investment in the long run.
As far as I am concerned, Daybreaker is a strong and enjoyable record when judged on its own merits. Tracks like `Even If You Win, You're Still A Rat' and the aforementioned almost-title-track `Day Break' are up there with some of the best material the band have written to date and would fit into a live set very well, the standard of songwriting and musicianship is incredibly high and the only legitimate reasons not to like it are down to personal preference.
If you've heard the pre-released tracks 'Devils Island,' 'These Colours Don't Run' and the single `Alpha Omega' before hand, you can probably gauge how much you will like the album already; they aren't necessarily the hands-down best tracks on the album, but are arguably fairly representative of half of the record's main musical direction.
I say "half" because there are a few twists and turns in the album overall that aren't covered by just those three songs (the entire opening & closing tracks and the proggy mid-section to 'Truth Be Told' for example, which are all very soft and slightly electronic, almost post-rock in sound) so if what you heard already before the albums release didn't particularly do anything for you there is still reason to give the album a shot.
Overall, If you only like the band's more extreme side such as on their debut and haven't liked anything that they've done since, then Daybreaker isn't going to change your mind at all. If you generally like most of Architects' music, especially the last two albums, then it is a strong and well-put together album that you should give a try, because regardless of its direction it is definitely a masterfully crafted record.
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architects are a fine band, i have always felt that, going back to their jagged, distorted debut. In the last few years the band seemed to have been in a war with themselves, making a more commercial album and then saying it wasnt true to them which they didnt set when that album was released. Anyway, this is the comeback, the reality check, the album they were born to make and all those cliches, and its a kick in the heart for sure. The album has experimental tinges intertwined and there are some really heavy slabs of metal, sams vocals are a constant of emotion and meaning and soul, the guy is something. I watched these lads slay down download a few weeks back and they were impressive. The album has a few guest appearances, none less than oli sykes who throws in a good showing. I feel this is a hearty, strong, brilliant album.
Architects never disappoint me, Daybreaker is such a good CD. Sam Carter's vocals are perfect, his clean vocals are beautiful and his screams are fantastic. Most fans were disappointed with 'The Here And Now' but they have changed the sound again, away from that. 'Devil's Island' brings back the amazing guitar and music work from the Hollow Crown days, with a hook you won't forget and lyrics you'll love to listen to. 'Alpha Omega' has a perfect mix of vocals, the sound is about views on life for an Atheist, and the lyrics are amazing. Also, the tune is amazingly catchy. "Desperation breathes and follows you home, just look around; you're not alone." Also, the song 'Even If You Win, You're Still a Rat' has the vocals of Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes, which completes the song.
I recommend this CD to any Architects fans that enjoy heavy guitar-riffs and insane vocals.
I was not that keen on the last album, but this one is a return to form in the main. One or two moments where its a little poppy for my taste, but some of the songs are up there with the best the band have written. if you like Architects around Hollow Crown time you will like this, its about 75% Hollow Crown and 15% The Here and Now, with 10% surprises.
Overall a good album and a welcome return to form.
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