All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us - Architects
By Benjamin Irons
While the budding success of the 2014 release Lost Forever // Lost Together saw British metalcore band Architects move unto heavier pastures, their seventh studio album All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us sees the Brighton band plant a firm foot into the door of metal's elite.
Opener "Nihilist" fittingly protests against an "esoteric depression" - "All hail the corporatocracy... All hail our apostasy" - with frontman Sam Carter adopting a seemingly unfamiliar, but befitting, growl layered over a persistent chorus of blast-beats and muddy guitar riffs. "Deathwish" and "Phantom Fear" also seek to explore Carter's jugular screams further, the latter in an appropriately head-strong manner - "They want the victims to hang their heads in shame, we'll fuck them all, we won't play their game".
While AOGHAU sees Architects ascending into the heavier echelons of the metal-core genre, there are still shades of Carter's uniquely harmonious - but harsh - throat, which is a notable presence in both "Downfall" and "From The Wilderness". A rather atmospheric expression is complimentary to the bands dismissal of a generic, inclusive metal sound, and is utilised in synth-led tracks "The Empty Hourglass" and culminating ballad "Memento Mori", the latter achieving a largely emotive, journey-like quality to it.
Architects flair for fusing dulcet tones with harsh, foot-stomping riffs never evades them; and this, their loudest statement in the metalcore genre, is by far one that is sure to propel them deservedly into an elect faction of heavy metal dominance.