Architects are a band that seem to be unable to write something boring; everything they release comes out with a boom. They produce album after album of intense music, and their new single “Alpha Omega” keeps these explosions going.
The song starts off with eerie, ear-piercing synth and some War of the Worlds-esque effects. Until the vocals come in, this song is comparable to a roller coaster. The guitars and drums start out slow and menacing, like the terrifying road up that first steep incline on the ride. Then they suddenly break into crazy guitar parts and wild drums – giving a reaction similar to that stomach-wrenching drop of the car on the tracks.
The vocals begin and I find my subconscious whispering comparisons to Underoath’s album Disambiguation. The screams have the same pitch and presence that Spencer Chamberlain exhibits.
After a while, the vocals become suddenly clean and the classic Architects harmonies happen. And for the final twist, those clean vocals step it up a notch to a hardcore yell, adding more emotion to the lyrics.
The entire song has a hectic feel, mostly due to the fret-shredding lead guitar work. The breakdown’s inclusion of synth seems unfitting, but they use just the right amount that makes the anticipation rise for what will happen next.
The title of this song suggests something big, and the musicianship in “Alpha Omega” proves that it is. Architects‘ creativity and energy has yet to falter. This song will appear on their album Daybreaker, which is to be released May 28.