Architects - The Here And Now
With the increased exposure following the release of their Century Media debut Hollow Crown, Architects made lengthy trips to the States and this seems to have rubbed off on their music. The Here And Now sees the band honing their brilliantly melodic and epic brand of technical metal to a fine art, bearing much resemblance to bands like Alexisonfire, yet with a fierce fire burning in their bellies. First single ‘Day In, Day Out’ is a fine example of this, blending a soaring chorus with stop/start riffing that leaves other bands trailing in their wake. Skittering electronica is introduced on ‘An Open Letter To Myself’ before it gives way to a wall of guitar noise and the emotionally charged vocals of Sam Carter. A brutal guest appearance from Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato on seven-minute album closer ‘Year In, Year Out/Up And Away’ seals this as most certainly the album of the band's career so far - and rightly so.