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Architects – ‘the classic symptoms of a broken spirit’

Epitaph Records
While She Sleeps, Northlane, Polaris, Parkway Drive, Bury Tomorrow
Release Date
October 21, 2022
Epitaph Records
Metalcore/Post Metalcore/Post Hardcore

                There are those bands which are just the darlings of the modern music scene with a star shining so bright it encompasses all below. One such band are Architects who are back for the first time since 2019’s ‘Holy Hell’ with their latest album of powerful metalcore ‘the classic symptoms of a broken spirit’.

                The UK metalcore stalwarts hit a huge pinnacle with ‘Holy Hell’ and to follow this up was always going to be a tall order because that really was a superb release. Yet, ‘the classic…’ does its best to reach up and grab onto that mantle. There is one thing that Architects always do well is the demonstration of emotion; this is never done by being whiny or overbearing, ‘the classic…’ does this in a way which is nuanced and yet, delivered in a way which is no less powerful or impactful. Through tracks which are expertly driven forward through moments such as ‘tear gas’, ‘born against pessimist’ and ‘living is killing us’ show a band rising to the challenge once again.

                Yes ok, ‘the classic…’ may not contain the same amount of emotional weight as its predecessor and everything written in lower case is nitpickingly annoying, but Architects have delivered another solid album of metalcore and post-hardcore which not only takes in elements of pop/rock but also industrial and undoubtedly this will make many end of year lists.

"another solid album"

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