Architects are one of those bands that tweak their sound with each album. Last year’s ‘The Here And Now’ saw the band pick up daytime radio and TV play and there was a certain amount of concern voiced that perhaps the Brighton bruisers had become a tad too melodic. Such views are unlikely to arise with ‘Daybreaker’ as Architects seem to have found their rage again. As guitarist Tom Searle says: “We’re angry again but I suppose we’re angry adults now rather than angry kids.”
They now seem to be much more interested in what’s going on in the world - as is clear from their London riots-inspired song ‘Devil’s Island’ - with many of the songs focusing on the negative aspects of religion and society. In fact, ‘Daybreaker’ can be viewed as a companion piece to Enter Shikari’s ‘A Flash Flood of Colour.’ In words reminiscent of Rou Reynolds’ lyrics on ‘System…,’ Tom states: “There’s corruption and injustice everywhere, we're no experts but we're learning all the time. This record is the sound of us trying to make sense of it all. All you have to do is read the news, people are waking up to this all over the world right now, it's a scary but fascinating time to be alive.”
With their newfound focus on socio-political issues, the band’s seething anger and passion is there for all to hear on ‘Daybreaker.’ That’s not to say the album sounds like ‘Ruin.’ It’s still glossy and arguably isn’t as heavy as ‘Hollow Crown.’ Still, the way they’ve gone about tempering some of the excesses of ‘The Here and Now’ with some full-on rage is admirable.
‘Daybreaker’ launches with the cinematic (but still a bit shouty) track ‘The Bitter End’ before Architects really release their fury with the brutality of ‘Alpha Omega’ and ‘These Colours Don’t Run.’ Elsewhere, ‘Truth Be Told’ and ‘Unbeliever’ are the most melodic songs on the album but even when Architects aren’t being particularly abrasive they still manage to craft atmospheric songs that pack a punch. Both title track ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Feather Of Lead’ demonstrate hardcore influences, which is always welcome, and ‘Even If You Win, You’re Still A Rat,’ featuring Bring Me The Horizon's Oliver Sykes, is pleasingly heavy.
Socially turbulent times seems to produce the best music and if bands can keep channelling genuine anger into their art, there are going to be some more really great albums released over the next few years.

Read the full review with an interview with the band about the new album in the new issue, available to pre-order now HERE.

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