Brighton’s Architects are a band who’ve never shied away from challenging the world around them. Praised as some of modern metal’s most progressive-thinking minds, for the past decade, the Sussex-based quintet have pushed boundaries, redefined genres, and never feared having to question themselves in order for their art to leave its mark on this Earth.
“You always want to make the record that isn’t in your CD collection,” smiles humble frontman Sam Carter. “You want to create what isn’t there, to get that out of your head.”
It’s that simple mission statement that has seen Architects settle for nothing over the course of their 10-year career; in return, nothing less than greatness has been expected of them. Since their explosion with 2009’s third album Hollow Crown, they have been marked as a special band. A band of unparalleled technical ability with a vision to match, who could define a generation. Yet it would come to pass that on sixth album Lost Forever // Lost Together, released in March 2014, they would go on to be thought of as even more than that. The uncompromisingly heavy and unapologetically outspoken record marked Architects not only an excellent band, but an important one, too, that spoke out against environmental disaster, called out political corruption and held up a mirror to an apathetic population. It would lead to unreserved acclaim, awards (scooping the Best Album gong at the Kerrang! Magazine Awards in June 2014) and the biggest shows of their lives. And it would prepare Architects for their defining opus, which now, finally, arrives…
Musically, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is the work of a band “leaving everything we had in the studio”, as Sam Carter explains. It is the heaviest and darkest work to which the band have ever put their name, both on and below its surface. It challenges and progresses a genre long thought to have stagnated, and embraces its inspirations at a time when many rock and metal bands seek to hide them in search of mainstream acceptance.