Album Review: All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects
Excellent, Based on 4 Critics
Rock Sound - 90 Based on rating 9/10
"One of the world’s most exciting, vital bands. " Back in 2014, ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’ turned Architects world upside-down. After struggling against the odds for a decade, hitting creative peaks (the revolutionary ‘Hollow Crown’) and plumbing the depths (calamitous follow-up, ‘The Here And Now’), Brighton’s finest finally won the recognition they deserved.
The latest LP from the UK's Architects, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, hits new lows of brutality for the band.For the uninitiated, that's a good thing in this particular genre. The record is so goddamn heavy and fast it sounds like what one could only assume smoking crack cocaine with Northlane sounds like.Listening through the album, you can tell that it will be a fun album to tour on, for both the band and fans, as every band member audibly pushes himself to be his best. Dan Searle's drums hit hard with blast beats leave you wondering if this isn't actually a rated-PG13 Nails record in disguise.
Recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Brighton, England-based metalcore unit's seventh studio long-player is as relentlessly heavy and doggedly melodramatic as 2014's well-received Lost Forever, Lost Together. It's also much, much better. Doubling down on the expansiveness of the latter release, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is both bedazzling and bewildering, an icy blast of politically charged apocalypse theater that pleases the eyes, but never ceases to box the listener's ears.
“Maybe we passed the point of no return / Maybe we just want to watch the world burn.” Things are not bright and sunny in the world of Architects, the five-piece metalcore outfit from Brighton, UK. And if that couplet in their song “Deathwish” is any indication, things aren’t getting any better. Recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the tail end of 2015, Architects teamed up with producer Fredrik Nordtrom (Dark Tranquility, In Flames, Opeth) to craft their seventh and perhaps most ambitious album, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us.