Much like the field of their namesakes (architecture), Architects are constantly evolving. They ditched their tech metal roots for a more mainstream sound on 2011’s The Here And Now, before coming back a year later with heavier, and way more aggressive effort Daybreaker. 2014 was the year that saw the Brighton five-piece nail their signature sound to the 4x4 of life, though, with Lost Forever//Lost Together – their heaviest album to date, but also their catchiest and most accessible.
Forthcoming effort All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (out May 27) picks up where that album left off - sounding equally as tortured, whilst pushing some exciting new boundaries.
Lyrically, it’s as bleak as a TV stuck on BBC News, referencing politicians leading us to war (first single A Match Made In Heaven), the state of the planet (Deathwish) and mortality, which is poignantly referenced on epic, eight-minute closing track Momento Mori. Curious, and almost uncomfortable electronics make you feel like you’re floating in the space between two worlds, while spoken word by philosopher Alan Watts and ticking clocks remind you to be mindful of death (a translation of the track’s title).
It makes for a powerful listening experience, one that’ll leave your ears ringing from the heavy of sound, and your thoughts ringing from the heavy of heart. Listen hard enough, and you might even get a lesson
Jennyfer J. Walker (@nyferjay)
New Editor, Kerrang!