Architects have released the official for “Modern Misery,” and here’s the problem.
I don’t know if it’s indicative of the metalcore genre, but I feel like what I have heard, and what came to mind as I listened to “Modern Misery,” is that there is an emphasis on proficiency with technology rather than proficiency with instruments. What I mean is, there seems to be a focus on mixing, engineering, arrangement, and other technicalities rather than on musical skill, talent, or musicianship. So, rather than developing or directing the music with solid songwriting and the instruments — which are used as tools, like hammers and saws — instead there’s a heavy reliance on smoke and mirrors, like soundboards and Pro Tools. This is not to say that these guys don’t have talent, they just are not showing it through their musical abilities.
We all know that breakdowns with clean vocals are a big part of metalcore, but this song has way too many. On top of that, the volume. Yes, the “volume war” is real, but if these “artists” are going to rely so heavily on technology, maybe they could provide the listener with some dynamics in the soundscape. So, when there’s a breakdown meant to be softer, let’s drop the volume and make that part of the song quieter. See, and this way, when you come back at full sonic intensity, it will actually mean something. As it stands in this song, “Modern Misery,” the volume is at 11 the whole way through and the artistry of the breakdowns is completely lost. It’s like finally getting into your dream girl’s pants and then fucking her as fast as you can from beginning to end.
Album pre-orders, including physical bundles featuring vinyl and various merchandise, as well as digital pre-orders offering instant downloads of “Hereafter” are available via the band’s website (architectsofficial.com).
Architects have also announced their biggest-ever European/UK tour, taking place in January and February 2019. The band will be playing several arenas, including Wembley SSE Arena in London, Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Mitsubishi-Electric-Halle in Dusseldorf, as well as the biggest venues they’ve played in Europe so far. Before this tour, they head to Russia and Ukraine for three shows in December this year. Tickets are on sale now. Please see below for the full list of dates.
Architects Tour Dates:
4 Dec 2018 – St. Petersburg, A2 (RU)
6 Dec 2018 – Moscow, Adrenaline Stadium (RU)
8 Dec 2018 – Kiev, Stereoplaza (UKR)
6 Jan 2019 – Stockholm, Fryshuset Arenan (SE)
8 Jan 2019 – Copenhagen, Vega (DK)
10 Jan 2019 – Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi-Electric-Halle (DE)
11 Jan 2019 – Antwerp, Lotto Arena (BE)
12 Jan 2019 – Amsterdam, AFAS Live (NL)
14 Jan 2019 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (UK)
15 Jan 2019 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse (UK)
17 Jan 2019 – Glasgow, O2 Academy (UK)
18 Jan 2019 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (UK)
19 Jan 2019 – London, The SSE Arena Wembley (UK)
21 Jan 2019 – Luxembourg, Luxexpo (LUX)
22 Jan 2019 – Lyon, Transbordeur (FR)
24 Jan 2019 – Barcelona, Razzmatazz (ES)
25 Jan 2019 – Bilbao, Santana 27 (ES)
27 Jan 2019 – Paris, Olympia (FR)
28 Jan 2019 – Zurich, Halle 622 (CH)
29 Jan 2019 – Vienna, Gasometer (AT)
30 Jan 2019 – Milan, Alcatraz (IT) Italy
31 Jan 2019 – Prague, Forum Karlin (CZ)
1 Feb 2019 – Warsaw, Stodola (PO)
2 Feb 2019 – Leipzig, Haus Auensee (DE)
3 Feb 2019 – Offenbach, Stadthalle (DE)
5 Feb 2019 – Berlin, Verti Music Hall (DE)
6 Feb 2019 – Munich, Zenith (DE)
8 Feb 2019 – Hamburg, Sporthalle (DE)
Rock Hard \m/