Massive congratulations are in order for Architects!
They’re seventeen years and nine records into their career and they have their first number one record with their latest release, ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’.
The band have responded to the news via Instagram:
“We are blown away. Never in our wildest dreams did we aspire to this. Even 1 week ago, when we released this record, there was no discussion between us of having a number 1 record.
We’ve been around for 16 years and this is our 9th (ninth) record – bands just don’t hit new peaks on their ninth record, but here we are. Four years ago we lost Tom and our worlds were turned upside down. The fact that we can stand here today with a No. 1 record in the UK, having lost our songwriter, having created a record that took so many risks, should be impossible, but here we are.
We owe a debt of gratitude to our fans. You rallied together and made this possible – we only just got over the line and every single one of you played your part – thank you for making this a reality, we are endlessly grateful.
Thank you to everyone involved with this record, there are too many to name but you know who you are. We love you all.”
Orders for the record can be made via the bands Webstore.
We’re now three years into Architects previous release, ‘Holy Hell’ where the Brighton Metalcore band are laying everything on the table with the release of ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’, the first release from the band without any input from late guitarist Tom Searle whom passed away in 2016. This is a record which does seam bleak but it’s their devotion to the music which makes them some of the most heartfelt and powerful performances they’ve given.
The fifteen, (yes fifteen) track whirlwind of emotions is just one which encompasses the band in a way most only dream of doing in their career. The fearlessness in their writing only helps them reach new heights and make them an undeniable force in the British industry.
From the lush soundscapes to the pessimistic nature of the songwriting, you do hear more bolder technical choices jumping off nearly every track which just doesn’t give you a second of normalcy but instead, a mass of cathartic release in what Architects deliver upon.
The build up of ‘Do You Dream Of Armageddon’ is the lofty intro you only dream of on most modern records. It works so well but only if done right and when stacked up to the incoming track. That is of course, ‘Black Lungs’ and while it doesn’t move perfectly, it brings the heavy aspect of the genre Architects are known for. The ending to this track though is beautifully executed. It’s punchy, unexpected and soul releasing. One track you don’t want to miss.
When some bands go big, you don’t get as big as this band have gone on for ‘Dead Butterflies’, the big orchestra will blow you away and become a staple of what the band are a testament of in that it’s a huge sounding anthem into a much more streamlined record.
Moving into their standout track form my perspective, ‘An Ordinary Extinction’ just gives off this pulverising release of energy, one you can just imagine moshing to. Where it takes a left turn, going quiet for a short time only deliver when the break down puts the pure brilliance to the forefront.
‘Animals’ just dials everything right to eleven, with the meat of the track just being the absolute bouncy nature of what occurs from the drums to the guitar, everything is just taken and more is input in emotion and execution. There’s some sounds overlaid which sound so mysterious and creepy but it just adds more to the overall tone of the track to make it even greater.
For a record which is their ninth studio release, this is expected as if this is the one their most proud of. It’s a techno metal masterpiece which focuses on the personal issues of the internal struggle the band faces in 2021. Architects are a band full of hope in this shifting record and one which will see them flourish well after this record is put to bed.
Check out the video for ‘Animals’ below.
Orders for the record ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ are available via the following link.
Architects are on course for their highest ever charting record in the UK.
The band’s latest record, ‘For Those that Wish To Exist’ is currently at the No.03 position in the Midweek UK Albums Chart, with Maximo Park’s ‘Nature Always Win’s and Alice Cooper’s Detroit Stories’ the only records above it.
The band’s previous highest chart position was ’16’s ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ which peaked at No.15. ’18’s ‘Holy Hell’ peaked No.18 whilst ’14’s ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’ peaked at No.16.
Fingers crossed it can grab the top spot!
Check out ‘Dead Butterflies’ below.
‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ is available to purchase via Rough Trade.