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“Architects have finally reached a nexus of unbridled anger, disillusionment and disgust on All Our Gods…, yet still remain conscious enough of human potential to offer us a glimmer of hope from amongst the darkness.”
On their seventh album, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Architects are more than just pissed off, they’re positively seething. Vehement vitriol is their weapon of choice, and after the anthemic misstep that was 2011’s The Here and Now, Brighton’s favourite brawlers have openly welcomed their role as dissonant doomsayers. The five piece continues to further their sonic agenda by pairing incendiary metalcore with scathing societal critiques, pushing their own brand of djent-flavoured aggression down a dark and decisive rabbit hole of antagonism.
After tackling nationalistic rage on Daybreaker and global hostilities with Lost Forever//Lost Together, Architects have once again widened their focus. All Our Gods… skilfully juxtaposes society’s crises of faith and purpose against a savage indictment of classism, power structures and the entire capitalist juggernaut. When vocalist Sam Carter practically spews the lines, “No love/No empathy/Our fellow man is now our enemy,” on Phantom Fear, you know these dudes mean business.
Returning to Sweden to record with the legendary Studio Fredman, means that All Our Gods… sounds much like their previous record: crisp, thick and destructively heavy. A new focus on atmospherics and electronic samples lends a sombre weight to the proceedings, tracing a parabolic lyrical ark through existential pessimism on the opener Nihilist, to the morose melodic heights of The Empty Hourglass and Gone With The Wind, all before fading out with some Buddhist musings on the crashing Memento Mori. After a decade as purveyors of high-brow mosh, Architects have finally reached a nexus of unbridled anger, disillusionment and disgust on All Our Gods…, yet still remain conscious enough of human potential to offer us a glimmer of hope from amongst the darkness.
Standout Tracks: Downfall, The Empty Hourglass, From The Wilderness
For Fans of: Bring Me The Horizon, Gojira, In Hearts Wake
All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is out now via UNFD.
Architects are touring with Bring Me The Horizon this September.
Wed 14 September – Perth – HBF Stadium – AA
Fri 16 September – Brisbane – Riverstage – LIC/AA
Sat 17 September – Sydney – Hordern Pavillion – LIC/AA
Sun 18 September – Sydney – Hordern Pavillion – LIC/AA
Tue 20 September – Adelaide – Entertainment Centre – LIC/AA
Thu 22 September – Melbourne – Margaret Court Arena – LIC/AA