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Album Review

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Unforgiving and merciless, yet inspirational and hopeful.

Label: Epitaph
Released: 27th May 2016

Rating: ★★★★

‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ is a statement dancing with duality. Carrying the instant hit of apprehension and uncertainty twisted around the possibility for unlimited freedom, it’s a dance that underpins the entirety of Architects’ seventh album.

Heavier and more frustrated than they’ve ever sounded, the follow-up to ‘Lost Together//Lost Forever’ sees Architects carry on down that path. ‘Phantom Fear’ screams, “no love. No unity,” while ‘Deathwish’ sees them just wanting “to watch the world burn.” Instead of closing remarks though, ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ is the start of a conversation.

Taking on the state of the world, Architects have left themselves nowhere to hide with this record. That pride, that unwavering belief in their cause and the confidence that goes with it sees the band at their most visceral and their most engaging. They want the spotlight. The eleven tracks make you ask questions while the music maintains every element of escapist majesty.

For all the anger of ‘All Our Gods…’, there’s also beauty. From the never-ending scope of ‘The Empty Hourglass’ to the vocal samples of ‘From The Wilderness’, Architects’ have created a tightly woven tapestry of colour and texture. There are no jarring moments where the band try and lighten the mood or inject some positivity, it’s much more subtle than that. There’s no black or white, right or wrong. Everything’s up for discussion.

And that’s where ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ comes into its own. Unforgiving and merciless, yet inspirational and hopeful, the record, like Architects, balances more and more as it goes on but the intensity never wavers. Progressive but not losing sight of who they are and cohesive yet unafraid to step outside the world and cast a critical eye in, Architects are hyper-aware. If this is the end of the world, then at least we’ve got each other. Ali Shutler