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Architects – For Those That Wish to Exist

Epitaph Records
Parkway Drive, Linkin Park, Biffy Clyro, Northlane, Silent Planet
Release Date
February 26, 2021
Epitaph Records
Metalcore/Alternative Metal

                Architects have been one of the fastest rising British bands, from the metalcore underground trenches to the darlings of the modern British metal. Bouncing back from the tragic death of Tom Searle in 2016, the band released the one of their best albums to date with ‘Holy Hell’ in 2018. Two years have elapsed since Architects released this album and now the band have delivered their latest album ‘For Those That Wish to Exist’.

                It is hardly surprising that ‘For Those…’ continues to follow in the footsteps of laid down on ‘Holy Hell’. For those wondering what this means, there are still those over-arching metalcore vibes that made the Architects vibe so appealing in the first place; but, this is a band which has grown, matured, taken stock of everything that has happened to them and taken it in their stride. ‘For Those…’ is the sound of a band stretching out with their sound, they have turned down the metalcore attitude, expanded into different sounds which touch upon alternative metal, progressive metal and even post-hardcore whilst having an undercurrent of electronic with just enough touches of EDM, orchestral and synth to make it actually really interesting. The most intriguing thing about ‘For Those…’ is that not only does it stretch well-beyond the genericism of metalcore, but the band have managed to tap into melodies from the likes of Linkin Park as vocalist Sam Carter gets his best Chester Bennington on and when this is coupled with high-profile guest appearances from the likes of Winston McCall of Parkway Drive and Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro, it makes for some tantalisingly good tracks.

                ‘For Those…’ may be a large step away from the metalcore that made them famous, but this is the sound of a band gracefully maturing, experimenting with their sound and getting it pretty darn spot on.

this is the sound of a band gracefully maturing, experimenting with their sound

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