UK hardcore quartet Architects will be releasing their sixth studio album titled Lost Forever // Lost Together on March 11 via Epitaph Records. The album was recorded at Studio Fredman in Sweden. They released three singles, ‘Naysayer’, ‘Broken Cross’ and ‘C.A.N.C.E.R’, before putting up the whole album for streaming. Now for a band that’s been going on for almost ten years, the copious amount recognition they’ve been receiving for this release has long been overdue. Watch their crowd funded documentary 100 Days and you’ll know.
Lost Forever // Lost together is their most uniform yet varied effort. It is dynamic yet very controlled. It retains Architects’ brand of modern hardcore with new elements like the usage of electronic sounds to create ethereal atmospheres. The riffs are jumpier and heavier than ever but are kept less ‘notey’ than in their previous albums. Vocalist Sam Carter is a beast! His aggressive screams and his strained clean vocals display raw emotion. It is evident that he worked more on his vocal phrasing this time. Lyrical content on this album ranges from the subject of god to guitarist Tom Searle’s battle against skin cancer. Their remarkable lyrics are made even better by Sam.
The album starts off with ‘Gravedigger’ which is easily going to become a crowd favourite. ‘Naysayer’ and ‘Broken Cross’ are simple, heavy and melodic and have the perfect song structures. ‘The Devil Is Near’ reminded me of Daybreaker. It has their familiar melodic hardcore feel. ‘C.A.N.C.E.R’ and ‘The Distant Blue’ showcase the band’s new writing style. ‘Red Hypergiant’ gives us a respite from the onslaught. It is an ambient track that has one of Carl Sagan’s speeches. ‘Youth Is Wasted On The Young’ is the perfect Architects song. Each song is executed well, they know exactly what they’re doing.
It is hard to point out anything negative about this record. There are no lesser noticeable songs. Fans believe that Hollow Crown was their best work but they might want to reconsider that after listening to this record. It’s too early to say but Lost Forever // Lost Together will easily make my list of top releases of 2014.
This is rare but I give it a 9/10.
– Quiet Boi