Two years after the release of their last album, the metalcore band Architects have come back with their eighth studio album ,Holy Hell, released on October 3, 2018. This was their first album since the passing of their guitarist and songwriter Tom Searle. His death inspired many of the lyrics and set a theme for Holy Hell.
This album is a testament to the grief that the band has been feeling since the death of Searle. The songs on this album are full of emotions ranging from grief, anger, hope and everything in between. Mortality and the impact a person’s death can have on the people that person is close to are prevailing themes of the album.
The songs on this album clearly convey specific themes. The album opens with “Death Is Not Defeat”. Although it’s more positive than many of the other songs, it sets the stage for the rest of the songs. Like the song “Royal Beggars”, where Sam Carter has great clean vocals and screams about knowing that he’s dying and asking to be saved. The next song “Modern Misery” is more of a warning to make sure you appreciate life while you still have it. It tells about how we used to live life to the fullest, “We used to run with the wolves”, but now we are just taking advantage of the everything we have, “Just a parasite killing its host”. The other songs on Holy Hell are great displays of the band’s songwriting and musical talents.
Even with a new guitarist, this album has an authentic Architects sound. Every song is a good listen and they all flow together well. Although the lyrics are mostly morbid, it paints a good picture of the reality that tomorrow is not promised to anyone. On that cheerful note, check out Holy Hell here and if you like it buy the album and support Architects.