On the afternoon of August 21st the tragic news broke that Tom Searle, founding member and primary songwriter, of UK metalcore band Architects had passed away after a 3 year battle with cancer. While we have lost many musical legends this past year, this one hit me particularly hard due to how young Tom was and the band being in the prime of their career.
From their early mathcore days of debut album Nightmares in 2006 right up to their more recent progressive metalcore releases with 2016’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, the band have never stopped evolving their sound. Below is a short list of some of my top Architect songs, however this list only scratches the surface of their discography and I urge you to take the time to delve deeper into the work of this extremely talented young musician.
Early Grave – Hollow Crown (2009)
‘Early Grave’ is the opening track to the band’s critically acclaimed third album Hollow Crown. This was the very first time I had ever heard the band and this song absolutely floored me, it’s immensely heavy but takes the time out for a brief melodic respite before crashing back into that crushing closing breakdown.
Hollow Crown – Hollow Crown (2009)
While the previous 11 tracks on Hollow Crown thoroughly impressed me it was the closing title track which cemented it as one of my all time favourite metalcore albums. It was a different side to the band, who had relied on a heavier sound up until now, and signaled the start of their progression going forward.
Broken Cross – Lost Forever // Lost Together (2014)
One of the stand-out singles of the fantastic Lost Forever // Lost Together album. This track always impresses from a lyrical and vocal point of view, Sam Carter’s rasps cry out “Are we perfect mistakes? Or almighty fuck ups?” and a throw back line with “Father, father, how I’ve let you down, A fucking tyrant in a hollow crown“.
Gone With The Wind – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (2016)
The second single to be released from the bands latest album showed a softer, more progressive sound than the previous single. A deeply emotional track with lines such as “I’d take a leap of faith, but I’d lose my nerve, In the end, I’ll get the hell that I deserve“, many observe it to be about mental illness but however you interpret it, there’s no denying it hits hard.
Memento Mori – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (2016)
The closing track of All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is the bands longest, at 8 minutes long, and also their most experimental with a strong industrial influences. Following Tom’s passing the lyrics take on a whole new, almost harrowing, meaning as you begin to understand that he wrote them knowing his fate.
A declaration of endlessness
I swear I will not look back, as I return into the black
When the veil lifts, how will I know?
How will I know?
Will I see God?
As above, so below
Dismantled piece by piece, what’s left will not decease
As within, so without
The seasons bring relief
Just let me live and die in peace”