Architects (UK) have been a prolific band, releasing a new album every 18 months to 2 years. They are back with Lost Forever, Lost Together, their sixth full-length. Creatively they haven’t made any giants steps forward, but they continue to refine their metalcore attack.
Angry yells and beefy breakdowns transition into catchy choruses. Tracks like “Naysayer” are plenty intense, but also memorable.
The musicianship is technical and precise, but by adding atmosphere they sand off some of the pointy edges.
Sam Carter delivers the vocals with an emotional and passionate style. The album is mostly harsh vocals, but there is singing as well. “Colony Collapse” is a slow build with both singing and screaming. It’s one of his strongest performances on the album.
The production on the album is excellent. Producers Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Arch Enemy) give it a huge sound without diminishing the subtle atmospheric effects.
Architects (UK) aren’t reinventing the wheel with Lost Forever, Lost Together, but they keep improving their songwriting. Their fan base, who got back on board with 2012‘s Daybreaker after the polarizing The Here And Now, will be very satisfied with the band’s latest effort. It will also have wide appeal to the metalcore loving masses.
(released March 11, 2014 on Epitaph Records)