• Record Label: Epitaph
  • Release Date: Nov 9, 2018
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 80
  2. Negative: 8 out of 80
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  1. Nov 9, 2018
    9
    While It's difficult to follow up All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, they certainly gave it their best. The filler in the album is limited, with the weakest track being the title track. Punishing and melodic riffs cover the album, while Sam Carter continues to prove he is one of the best metal-core has to offer. A haunting tribute to Tom, and a staple of the modern metal-core sound.
  2. Nov 10, 2018
    10
    Arguably their best album to date, it is a level of sonic transcendence that only Architects could provide. To manage to temper loss and suffering into something that is just so well put together is a fitting tribute to Tom. It'd be hard to name a weakest track on the album, but on a level of personal taste it is probably Damnation. Strongest to choose is even harder, Death Is Not Defeat,Arguably their best album to date, it is a level of sonic transcendence that only Architects could provide. To manage to temper loss and suffering into something that is just so well put together is a fitting tribute to Tom. It'd be hard to name a weakest track on the album, but on a level of personal taste it is probably Damnation. Strongest to choose is even harder, Death Is Not Defeat, Mortal After All and Holy Hell are all worthy contenders, but the best two must be A Wasted Hymn and Doomsday.

    Architects have surpassed themselves yet again and Sam Carter has confirmed his place among the elite vocalists of the metal world. You can almost touch the malice and hurt in his voice. Get ready for the tour in the new year, as it is not one you will forgive yourself for missing.
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  3. Nov 29, 2018
    8
    Holy Hell isn't really an Art Rock album, but it has a lot of refinement to be a Metalcore's stuff.
  4. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    A brutally honest return to form. Though Tom Searle is no longer with us, his music and impact carry on in what has no doubt become the best metalcore band in the scene: Architects.
  5. Nov 13, 2018
    10
    Arguably the most important record produced by Architects, Holy Hell already set high expectations with its singles "Doomsday", "Hereafter", "Royal Beggars" and "Modern Misery". The whole record is dealing with the loss of founding member and former guitarist Tom Searle who passed away 2016. The biggest challenge for the band was to full fill the expectations of their fans because TomArguably the most important record produced by Architects, Holy Hell already set high expectations with its singles "Doomsday", "Hereafter", "Royal Beggars" and "Modern Misery". The whole record is dealing with the loss of founding member and former guitarist Tom Searle who passed away 2016. The biggest challenge for the band was to full fill the expectations of their fans because Tom wrote most of the music on previous records. In my opinion Architects managed to produce a record worthy of Toms legacy, with great sound, great lyrics and very good athmosphere. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2019
    10
    To be honest, I was afraid that after the death of the guitarist who wrote almost all the music in the group, a recession is inevitable, and there were no special expectations from the album, but what a surprise it was when listening to this album, it turned out to be even better than the previous one, surprising.
  7. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    It's really difficult to cope with the loss of a band member and best friend, but Architects coped with the loss of Tom Searle in the most creative and appropriate way. That shows in tracks such as 'Doomsday, 'Modern Misery' and 'Death is Not Defeat.' There is not a song I can consider bad nor even 'meh' in that standard. A really solid album from front to back.
  8. Jan 25, 2019
    10
    While some bands evolve in rather flimsy manner, often changing their style completely in an attempt "to find something new", Architects proves once again that the genre of metalcore is not dead. Losing Tom could put a stop to the whole band, but this pain was instead used to fuel the entirety of this record. Memorable riffs, emotional singing and most importantly constant andWhile some bands evolve in rather flimsy manner, often changing their style completely in an attempt "to find something new", Architects proves once again that the genre of metalcore is not dead. Losing Tom could put a stop to the whole band, but this pain was instead used to fuel the entirety of this record. Memorable riffs, emotional singing and most importantly constant and never-stopping head banging.

    If a band "changes their sound" we can all hope they follow Architects. Without a doubt, an album of the century.
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Awards & Rankings

Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Q Magazine
    Nov 20, 2018
    80
    It's as an articulation of grief that this record speaks most powerfully. [Jan 2019, p.106]
  2. Nov 12, 2018
    70
    Architects have never shied away from clarion calls to action, but this is the band at their most inspiring and effectual, filling in the empty space left behind after a monumental loss. It is an epitaph that nonetheless suggests a bright future ahead.
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    It’s powerfully honest and refreshingly unfiltered, beautifully crafted and distinctive. Most importantly of all it carries the legacy of Tom Searle, and of the remaining Architects members, forward.