Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us


Artist

Album

All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Label

UNFD

Year

2016

Genre

For Fans Of

Amazing music, Albums of the Year, and pure musical bliss.

Summary

Okay, fuck it, that’s it. Don’t need to make a band anymore, because nothing we do will ever be as good as Architects.

Rating

100 / 100

Two years ago we were completely blown away, a la Woody Harrelson in that graveyard scene from Seven Psychopaths, by Architects’ previous album, ‘Lost Forever/Lost Together’. It was the sonic culmination of the entire band’s blood, sweat, and tears, and simply put, it was near perfect. Flash forward two years and about four months, and all of that hard work and success has now resulted in their next big step forward, ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us‘. Before we go any further, let us just say that this is easily the best follow-up record the band could’ve made and is perhaps the greatest example of perfection in today’s modern metal scene.

And while we love this record (we really, really do), let’s not kid ourselves here – Architects aren’t that much of an original band. But what they do have, however, is a fucking tight and well-polished sound, and when that’s backed up by their grand musicianship and impeccable songwriting, you get not some of, but THE very best metalcore around. Think of that genre as a dirty word all you want, but it’s damn near impossible to deny that the lads have knocked it right out of the park and then some with ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’.

This new 11-track release pushes their music to the very peak, with their vast melodic and atmospheric elements perfectly moulding with the vicious, heavier side of the band. Sure, the quintet has been doing that since ‘The Here And Now‘ and ‘Daybreaker‘, but it has never been so potent as it is here on their seventh outing. Whenever they lean towards their slightly lighter moments (like on the heavy and restrained  ‘All Love Is Lost‘ and the melodic ‘The Empty Hourglass‘) or their far heavier and aggressive side (such as opener ‘Nihilist’ and crushing single ‘A Match Made In Heaven’), each and every song is an epic soundscape in itself, and every instrument – vocals included – are all delivered elegantly and powerfully. The guitars are so well-rounded and smooth (that may have something to with the band’s new guitarist, Adam Christianson), Dan Searle’s drumming is as always that great mix of the fast and technical with the simple and solid, and Sam Carter’s vehement vocals strike a perfect balance between raw emotion and powerhouse delivery. Basically, the band is musically and instrumentally on-point is what we’re trying to say here.

Lyrically and thematically, this is pretty standard fare for the band, with lyrics about life, death, and bleak yet hopeful outlooks on how strong and resilient the human race can be… and of how much of a pure shitstain our species can also be at times. It’s not quite a defeatist attitude, and it’s not really optimism either, it’s more of a cautious, open-minded contentment for the world, but we dig it all the same.

Now, we’ve been pretty much riding the group’s dick for the whole review to this point without any real criticism, and that’s because this album is indeed the pinnacle of what the current scene has to offer, and we’re struggling to find any faults in it. It’s not a one-note record like ‘Hollow Crown‘, it’s far more consistent than ‘The Here And Now‘ ever was (which was still a bloody good record) and it has so much more impact than ‘Daybreaker‘ did. It’s basically ‘LF/LT‘ on crack and it’s truly exceptional.

Quite frankly, this album has some of the best songs that Architects have ever created, such as ‘Memento Mori‘, ‘Nihilist‘, ‘Gone With The Wind‘, and ‘All Love Is Lost‘. So make no mistake, this is the album to beat in 2016, and yes, it is a competition nowadays and those who disagree are the ones falling behind bands such as this. Oi, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – here are your new Grammy-award winners for 2016!

Conclusion

In our write-up of ‘Lost Forever/Lost Together’ in 2014, we claimed it was Architects’ magnum opus. Turns out, we spoke too soon. ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ is the band somehow managing to make lightning strike twice, and offering even more intensity to create their best effort yet. Well, at least until the next album that is, if the band’s track record holds fast. Basically, if you’re in a band, of any kind, and you wanna see how it’s done right in today’s music landscape, look no further than Architects. (Also, fuck supporting Bring Me The Horizon later this year with ‘68, these lads deserve their own bloody headline tour!)

Tracklisting

1. Nihilist

2. Deathwish

3. Phantom Fear

4. Downfall

5. Gone With The Wind

6. The Empty Hourglass

7. A Match Made In Heaven

8. Gravity

9. All Love Is Lost

10. From The Wilderness

11. Memento Mori

3 Responses to “Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us”

  1. Firey259 Horsey

    Sievers mate…I’m so fucking pumped…100/100…this is insane.

    Is there any way in the world you can send this to me?lol

    I’ll keep it a secret haha

  2. Owen Morawitz Owen Morawitz

    Such a solid record and the review is spot on Alex. 2016 is really kicking goals as far as stand-out albums go: Hatebreed, Nails, Kvelertak, Vektor and now Architects. I really like what they’ve done with the atmospherics this time around too, as it lends a nice austere and sombre shade to the songs and makes the whole record more of a surgical instrument rather than sheer,blunt-force trauma. Plus, ‘From The Wilderness’ is a fucking track. That Michael C. Ruppert (RIP) sample made me go watch Collapse & Apocalypse, Man and well, that shit is fucking DARK to say the least.

    • Alex Sievers Alex Sievers

      Cheers Owen! And yes, it’s not like say, Hollow Crown, where it’s just relentless and go-go and kinda boring.

      See, now that you’ve said his name, I do remember seeing a bunch of stuff about him on Vice from a couple years ago and yes if that doesn’t depress you, nothing will. I also now see where they got the name for From The Wilderness, too.

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