With their sixth record set to release March 11, Architects (UK) are out to prove that metalcore isn’t dead and certainly will not die without a fight. Architects (UK) have consistently released exceptionally strong records throughout their career and hold themselves high above a sea of copy-cats and complacency. Ever since Hollow Crown, which was released in 2008, the Architects have made a name for themselves in this country and have not skimped out on their sound since.
Architect’s (UK) have also become slightly famous for their guitar tone. The tone on 2008’s Hollow Crown was very similar to the guitar tone on Meshuggah’s own 2008, obZen. The tone is extremely thick and when palm-muted for the sake of keeping time creates “djent” sound that helped shape the genre that became known as “Djent” by bands like Periphery, TesseracT and Scale the Summit.
Lost Forever//Lost Together marks the first record to be released on the band’s new label, Epitaph record, now famous for being the home of bands like Bring Me the Horizon and letlive. This new album features Sam Carter’s signature coarse voice, but also shows Carter trying to experiment with spoken word on “The Devil is Near” as well as a few other new vocal tricks. Musically, the band also incorporate a lot of breakdowns, which will surely please a lot of people. Tom Searle’s guitar work is also incredible on this record.
This is the Architect’s (UK) heaviest record to date, exploring new depths of sound on tracks like “Gravedigger,” which opens up the album, “Dead Man Talking,” and “The Devil is Near,” which appear in the middle of the album. The band also incorporate a lot of melodic soundscapes that haven’t been heard before on an Architects’ (UK) record. This is evident on “Colony Collapse” and “The Distant Blue,” which close the album. There really isn’t a bad moment on the album though and it’s very impressive to see and hear the band change and grow up as musicians and artists with each release.
2012’s album, Daybreaker, was the album that finally broke the mold for the band, making them really well-known in both countries and the group’s performances on the past Warped Tour displayed the true strengths of this band. Lost Forever//Lost Together, however, might be the album that makes the Architects (UK) become a household name. It’s an exceptionally strong record I’m sure we’ll be seeing the band on a few summer tours.
Anyone who has been a fan of this band before will not be disappointed by this new record and anyone who hasn’t heard of this band but likes groups like Every Time I Die will definitely dig this band. These guys are one of the last bands properly representing metalcore and are continuing to refine the genre with their own unique twists to keep themselves and the music fresh and exciting.