by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Metalcore has hit its saturation point. Hell, the genre has stretched so far past its saturation point that one might as well just call it Medio-Core. However, there are always a few bright spots in the metalcore genre, including Brighton, UK’s Architects, whose unique take on the youth’s obsession with “brutality” turns all the classic metalcore tropes on their head. Lost Forever // Lost Together may not be the most groundbreaking album in the genre since Poison the Well’s The Opposite of December turned metalcore into a mainstay, but it is the album that will finally transplant their UK success to the North American market, truly making them a force to be reckoned with.
Lost Forever // Lost Together is a lesson in the use of punctuated polyrhythms and all things heavy — this album is not for those kids who pipeline Hot Topic brand metalcore into their ears like it’s heroin. No, the latest effort by Brighton’s own Architects is an exciting amalgam of Djent, Progressive Metal, and the most blistering hardcore your ears have ever feasted upon. Vocalist Sam Carter’s raspy and guttural screams perpetuate the album, while the absence of whiny clean vocals (a metalcore mainstay) give the album a much more mature and solemn sound.
However, Carter does not simply scream at listeners for the entirety of the album, with tracks like “Youth Is Wasted On The Young” and “Castles In The Air” truly displaying his versatility as a vocalist. The song’s feature a mix between Carter’s clean vocals and his signature harsh screams; but as I mentioned earlier, the clean vocals aren’t whiny, drawn out, or disingenuous. Instead, Carter’s vocals are passionate and cathartic, feeling like the breath of exhaustion one exhales after a tumultuous period of physical exertion.