It would have been easy for Brighton metalcore heroes Architects to make a dejected and desolate eighth album following the passing of founding guitarist and songwriter Tom Searle in 2016. It would have been even easier to not write a new album at all.
From the initial strings, opener Death Is Not Defeat is an emotional and confronting (but necessary) listen, and much like the rest of the songs that follow, the five-piece have built an album around healing. Doomsday, the last song Tom started writing before his death, is a humbling tribute; Dying To Heal is anthemic to say the least and the title sees Architects at their brutal best.
Holy Hell is a light at the end of a long and dark tunnel, and a band doubling down on what they do best.
Holy Hell is out now via UNFD.
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