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It’s 2018, if you aren’t familiar with the sound of Brighton heavy outfit Architects, you’re doing almost everything wrong.
The last time the five-piece blessed our ears with a full body of music was in 2016, just months before the tragic passing of the bands leading songwriter, guitarist and twin brother Tom Searle.
With the release of the track Doomsday last year, Architects hinted at having more new music in the works, and Architects have now announced their eighth album Holy Hell will be released on November 9, through UNFD here in Australia. With loss being at the forefront of the bands lives in the past few years, Holy Hell is an embodiment of the growth and healing process they faced, and ultimately worked through with music.
Speaking on the album, brother and bandmate Dan Searle offers his take “For me, broadly speaking Holy Hell is about pain: the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it … there is value in pain. It’s where we learn, it’s where we grow.”
Addressing how quickly they tried to move on from Tom’s passing, including a tour only months later to Australia to support Bring Me The Horizon, the band confirmed this wasn’t the way forward for them “In those first months after Tom’s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious,” Dan explains. “I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.”
After taking the time they needed to heal, and savouring the newfound writing and recording process, they’ve taken this opportunity to release a single with this album announcement. With an accompanying film clip, you can listen to the new single Hereafter, here.
This album will offer a completely different perspective from the band, with the songwriting and production coming in house.