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Album Review: All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects

British metalcore act Architects release their seventh studio album All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us on 27th May via Epitaph Records. It’s the first to feature guitarist Adam Christianson following his addition as a full time member after being a touring member from 2012.

This album sees Architects at their most accomplished and most confident. It is an album that oozes with a snarl and brutal heaviness that turns a tried and tested formula into something fresh and new sounding. Metalcore is one of those genres that has become oversaturated in recent years, there’s a lot of metalcore bands yet very few good metalcore bands. In a career that had already hit six albums, Architects needed to do something special here.

Unfortunately it’s not that special. Sure it’s good, and you wouldn’t be ridiculous for suggesting that this is up there with not only the band’s best work and one of the best metalcore albums of 2016, its just not that special. It’s the album you would expect from Architects, it doesn’t move away from the template set in their previous six, the only change being that there’s a bit more energy to it. More energy doesn’t make a great album though.

It’s obvious that the first two singles from the album, ‘Downfall’ and ‘A Match Made In Heaven’ are the standout tracks on the album. Both pack a considerable punch, abrasive and challenging they act as a call to arms – pump you full of energy and make you angry. They make you want to move and challenge life. Opener ‘Nihilist’ and ‘Gravity’ come close to doing the same job, but seem to fall just slightly short of the mark.

These big songs also to the job of highlighting how the rest of the album doesn’t stand up to their quality. ‘Gone With The Wind’ and ‘All Love Is Lost’ are pretty weak tracks, while the rest are good they fall short of making any lasting impression. Musically All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is Architects at their best, there’s a new energy there it’s just that at this stage in their career they seem to lack the impact they once had. It’s good, it’s just not great.

AD Rating 6/10

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2 Comments on Album Review: All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects

  1. “It’s the album you would expect from Architects, it doesn’t move away from the template set in their previous six, the only change being that there’s a bit more energy to it.”

    I think it would have been a good idea to actually listen to their previous six albums before making any sweeping statements like this. The only one which sounds even remotely similar to this is LF:LT; if anything Architects have been criticised in the past for being too erratic from album to album. That statement makes it difficult to take this review seriously, unfortunately.

    The similarities between their last two albums are obvious but even that isn’t necessarily a bad thing; LF:LT suffers from too much filler in the middle of the album, whereas I’d say All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us does a bit more to keep the listener’s attention throughout.

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    • It’s more than remotely similar to LF:LT and the rest of their back catalogue. Each album has the distinct sound of the band. I don’t think that’s hard to believe.

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