REVIEW: As Silence Breaks - "The Architecture Of Truth"
e to become heavier and brutal, while some turned melodic picking up essence of classical music. 2000s was a time when metalheads saw a new alternative nuance in heavy metal, which is often termed as Metalcore. This genre has become very popular especially among adolescents today and many new bands are coming up with such kinda sound from around the world. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, As Silence Breaks is one such band. Formed back in 2005, the band released its self-produced self-titled album in 2009, which was fairly received by the music industry.
After being signed to New Justice Records two years back, ‘As Silence Breaks’ releases its second studio album, ‘The Architecture Of Truth’, with Sam Rilatt on vocals, Ben Irwin on guitars and vocals, Dan O’Brien on guitars, Kiel Stanger on bass and Reece Kirby on drums. The album was recorded at Tim Lambesis’ (As I Lay Dying) studio with Daniel Castleman, which explains the fine production of the album. The record exhibits good dynamics in sound and proficient panning of instruments. Whereas the atmosphere created by the album is pretty energetic and consists of some really heart-pounding choruses.
The album exhibits a lot of progressive riffs tailored perfectly with melodic harmonies and grooves, effortlessly soothing one’s ears. Such a pleasant blend can be heard in the songs like, ‘Litancy Of Fear’, ‘Fire Borne Chaos’ and ‘Decimate’. Whereas some songs such as ‘Instrument Of Vengeance’, ‘The Warning’, ‘Transcendance’ and ‘Redeemer’ have a heavy thrash kick-off followed by crippling verses and kinda mawkish melodic choruses.
The instrumental track, ‘Purgatory’ and the track ‘Biomechanical’ are profound pieces which display beautiful guitar harmonies accompanied by groovy bass-lines, which leaves you pondering. The work on guitars has been good throughout the album. One really gets an impulse to headbang on the heavy parts and close his eyes through the soft parts. Although the harmonized guitars in some choruses sound a bit dull and monotonous in a few tracks. The songs are accompanied by some really good bass-lines. The heavy groovy bass intro on ‘Discord’ is really impressive.
The harsh vocals on the album are fairly good and have been nicely crafted with the guitar parts. However, the clean vocals, in my opinion sound a bit tedious and unvaried and lack the desired energy level. Coming to drums, the drumming has been splendid throughout the album. We can note some fine work on double bass and some superb rolls through the transitions in each track.
Summing up, the album is quite good. Recommended for Metalcore fans who listen to the likes of As I Lay Dying, At The Gates etc.
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