Sound — 8
When you listen to this album, you look back on how much the band has changed since they first started. If anyone is really hoping for the same sound that was present on "Nightmares," and "Ruin," don't even bother listening to this album. The change in technicality with this band is pretty much all lost, and instead is replaced with heavy breakdowns, and riffs. This is not a bad thing, but all I'm trying to say is, Architects have changed ever since "The Here And Now" was released. This album takes a lot of the melodic parts from that album, and "Daybreaker," and some heaviness from "The Hollow Crown" to make this album, minus the technical parts in "THC." So really, Architects is just evolving. The production on this album is sweet, and crisp, unlike the way the earlier albums were done. The drumming is fast, the guitar parts are heavy, and the vocals are melodic, and fit each and every part perfectly. The singing is even better than what was heard on "Daybreaker," which was actually a vast improvement from THAN. Sam Carter just kills it with his uncleans as well. All in all, he sounds better than ever.
Lyrics — 9
The album starts off with a few more soft, melodic chords, to soon bring in Sam's beastly uncleans. He yells:
"An iron fist in a velvet glove.
Another vulture posing as a dove.
Do you have no shame? Look at what you've become.
You are the reason we are bitter and then some."
The chorus is very interesting:
"Gravedigger (gravedigger), there's blood on your hands.
You built this empire on salt and sand.
Not all is fair in love and war.
History repeats, we've seen it all before."
Sam screams the first line, that is then echoed, thing sings the next line, and screams the last two. "Naysayer," the next track has Sam rolling through with angry the very first second of the track. Expect your face to receive goosebumps.
"So sick of the sound of people giving up.
You can't stop me giving a f--k.
F--k it, I'm a dreamer and I'm dreaming on.
F--k it, I'm a dreamer and I'm dreaming on."
Sam rages, and "bleghs" after cussing. Out of every track on this album, "Broken Cross" has to have the biggest, and most meaningful message. Sam even directed a message to those who were offended by this song. The main line in this song:
"God only knows why we were born to burn."
In the 5th stanza:
"Are we perfect mistakes? Or almighty f--k ups?
One thing's for sure, he doesn't f--king love us.
He doesn't f--king love us."
But my all might favorite lines in this song come from "The Hollow Crown" reference.
"Father, father, how I've let you down.
A f--king tyrant in a hollow crown.
Father, father, how I've let you down.
A f--king tyrant in a hollow crown."
"Red Hypergiant" is an interesting track that is made up of mainly an 2:13 instrumental, but also a quote from Carl Sagan. It's a very cool thing that the band did, since this is the 6th track, and nearly the halfway point. "C.A.N.C.E.R.," the next track rolls through with booming drums and loud guitars. "Ahh," Sam screams. My favorite line:
"This is the burden we all carry together.
Waiting in the wings, so we never say never."
The track ends with this line, with Sam's vocals piercing right through you. My favorite track on the album, "Youth Is Waited on the Young," has a few of my favorite lines, and vocals:
"There's parts of me that are lost forever.
At least we're all lost together.
We all remember youth like it's dead and gone.
Like our favourite line from a forgotten song."
I'm not sure who's singing this part too, but it's done quite well:
"All we are, is just a name, it's all we are.
Our skin, it shows, these crippled bones.
Youth sinks alone."
The ending track closes the album out neatly. The chorus:
"That distant blue, that's me and you.
It was from there that we all grew.
Framed in space, our first home.
All those beating hearts that were made of stone.
We were disaster built from flesh and bone."
Overall Impression — 9
Like I said, if you want technicality, don't listen to this album. But if you don't mind heavy riffs, breakdowns, and some beautiful, melodic choruses, screams that will melt your face, etc. Then this is a great album to listen to. Lyrically and vocally, this is my absolute favorite album of theirs. Guitar wise, not so much. "The Hollow Crown" will always be up there. Honestly, there are no real big comparisons to this band, but if you enjoy heavy stuff like what Norma Jean, and The Ghost Inside are doing nowadays, then you should definitely like this. I wouldn't compare this to Bring Me The Horizon. I know I've seen a few YouTube comments saying that, and I think there's a bit of irony there, since Sam Carter used to teach Oli Sykes back in the day. All in all, I like every single one of these songs off the album, but I seemed to have kept going back to "Youth Is Waited on the Young" for its message. But every single track on this album has an outstanding message to it. That just happened to be my favorite one. These guys are touring with letlive., Glass Cloud, and I The Mighty In The Spring, so expect one hell of a show if you're going to that (I know I am). A tremendous album, indeed.