Australia has never been particularly renowned for producing many good rock and metal bands. AC/DC and Parkway Drive are the most noticeable, but there hasn’t been many more as America continues to dominate the industry. However, Sydney’s As Silence Breaks are aiming to do their bit to put Australia on the metal map by releasing their second album The Architecture of Truth this month.
The band clearly have the goal of conquering America with this album. They chose to record The Architecture of Truth at Lambesis Studio’s, owned by Tim Lambesis, as their style is similar to metal from As I Lay Dying’s era. True to their claims, As Silence Breaks are a “solid mix of Heavy Metal, Melodic Death Metal and Thrash Metal”, and it is pretty good.
New single Freedom is one of the more notable tracks on the record. The fast opening riff mirrors those heard in early Trivium, whilst the death metal vocals modernise the style and add something different. Although the singing from guitarist Ben Irwin isn’t too pleasant, the dual-layering of clean and screams creates more dimension and prevents it from sounding too flat.
Mid-way through the album, The Warning surfaces as another standout song. Drummer Reece Kirby’s double-bass work is fast and powerful, whilst the lead and rhythm guitar sections overlap well to make it thrashy, but also catchy.
The only downfall is that they barely break away from the metal rule-book and, as a result, have written too many songs that are quite similar; the tempo rarely changes from track to track, and the same structures are repeated regularly.
It’s unlikely that the album will gather As Silence Breaks a substantial amount of new fans around the world, but will probably continue to gain them high-profile support slots down under.
Standout Track: Freedom
For Fans Of: Trivium
Written By: Matt Borucki
Tags: As Silence Breaks