It hasn’t even been a year, but the British metalcore group Architects is back and in the studio again, and this time they’ve whipped up a song titled “Devil’s Island.” I thoroughly enjoyed the band’s past works, especially The Here And Now, so I figured I’d check it out, and I’m glad I did.
This song puts the passion and emotion in metal. The lyrics, speaking of riots, hate, and injustice occurring throughout Britain, is a very heavy topic, and Architects takes it on full force with outspoken lines like “The city streets that you show no love are bruised and broken, because of you.” Probably the reason why they took on such a topic is that an independent records warehouse in North London, holding stocks from Pias Group, burned to ashes back in August, causing a huge loss of money and stock.
“Devil’s Island” has a more calming, sentimental intro, before breaking out into full throttle. It’s a fantastically molded storm to say the least, as the pummeling guitar, bass, and drums combine for the perfect callous metal combination. After the intro, the onslaught of vocals is perfection, as Sam Carter bursts into a fluid amount of high, hardcore screams, including some of my favorite lines (“Take it back/take it back/take it back!”), putting most of the brutal angst into the song. The song quickly takes a backseat to Carter’s cleans, fading with a beautiful strings finale.
Architects has taken on an important issue in Britain today and made a song that questions humanity; it may have a lasting effect on listeners that bands like Rise Against have been able to do, though they sound nothing alike. “Devil’s Island” is one of the more dense and satisfying tracks that this band has to offer. The only negative thing about this recording is that the band is planning on putting it on a re-release of their latest record, slated for release in early 2012. I find this to be very odd because The Here And Now just came out in early 2011. But with those thoughts aside, “Devil’s Island” is yet another fantastic track by one of my favorite British metal bands.