Brighton-based, award winning metal band Architects has officially announced that their eighth album, Holy Hell, will release on November 9 via Epitaph Records. The band has also released a new single “Hereafter” and a video for the track directed by Jeb Hardwick, serving as an exciting preview for the new album.
Holy Hell will be the band’s first album release since the untimely passing of Architects’ founding guitarist and principal songwriter, Tom Searle, who passed away in August of 2016, not long after the band put out their renowned album, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. Searle’s twin brother and the band’s drummer, Dan Searle, explains, “In those first months after Tom’s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious. I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.”
“Ultimately, there were two choices,” Dan says. “Feel sorry for yourself, and believe the world to be a horrible place and let it defeat you. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live. I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences.”
Finding a way forward, the band spent six months from the Fall of 2017 through the Spring of this year recording what would become the 11-song album, with Dan and guitar player Josh Middleton handling production. “For me, broadly speaking Holy Hell is about pain: the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it,” Dan offers. “There is value in pain. It’s where we learn, it’s where we grow.”
Holy Hell’s tracklist is as follows, and album pre-orders, including physical bundles featuring vinyl and various merchandise, as well as digital pre-orders offering instant downloads of “Hereafter” are available via the band’s website (architectsofficial.com).