Architects are one of the most vital and exciting bands out there at the moment. Sparks are flying from their seventh effort ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’, charged with angst and disillusionment, as they stare into the abyss consuming the corrupt modern world. After struggling for years to finally get the recognition they deserve, Architects’ confidence is at its highest and they’re ready to blow you out of the water. Through bleak lyrical sincerity and blistering technical riffs, Architects vent their frustration at the state of the world, from greed and ignorance to corrupt politics and environmental destruction. It succeeds at being both progressive, yet more refined than anything they’ve produced so far. A statement of intent, focusing on what they do best – trying to make the world a better place, and you’ll feel all the better for listening to it.
As ‘Nihilist’ hits with full force, it’s clear that Architects have stuck to their guns. Guttural vocals and fiercely agile riffs drag you into a cathartic explosion – they’re putting their foot down, demanding political and environmental change. They want to make a difference and it’s unlikely you won’t feel empowered by the albums impact, and refreshed by their purge of frustration.
Uncontrollable wrath and anger have bubbled to the surface and Architects are unstoppable. Their beliefs erupt and bleed into ‘Phantom Fear’ and ‘Deathwish’ through lyrics such as “a planet scarred beyond all recognition” and “can you taste the poison in the air?” You find yourself joining them on the precipice, screaming into the dark abyss that the self-destructive earth is rapidly spiralling into, desperately trying to be heard.
A whirlwind pushes you to the edge of oblivion in ‘Gone With The Wind’ through lyrics such “you ever wonder how deep you could sink into nothing at all? Disintegrate, annihilate me”. Brimming with apprehension, it’s a track that will unnerve you with its ominous lyrics “the weight of the world is resting on thin ice” and then soothe you with its powerful hooks. From the lyrical bleakness of ‘All Love Is Lost’ to the momentous Alan Watts inspired ‘Memento Mori’, it’s clear that Architects stand for something.
Propelled by polarity, ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ leaves you standing apprehensively at the cross roads. It makes you think, question and apprehend your actions. It’s that splash of cold water on your face, a wake up call. Sonically dextrous, lyrically bleak, Architects have cemented their position at the forefront of the scene creating their best record to date – and still, they’re only scratching at the surface of even better things to come.