Architects have returned with news of their eighth studio album, ‘Holy Hell’, plus details of a massive 2019 UK and European tour.
The British band will release the follow up to 2016’s ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ on November 9 through Epitaph Records, with huge shows across the UK and Europe set to follow in January. The album will be the band’s first since the death of Tom Searle, Architect’s founding guitarist, principal songwriter and twin brother to drummer Dan. “In those first months after Tom’s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious,” Dan explains. “I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.”
“It’s at times like that you ask yourself, ‘What is left?’” adds vocalist Sam Carter. “As a group of friends, we had to find something.”
“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.”
In support of the album, the band will play Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse, the O2 Academy Glasgow, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and the SSE Arena Wembley in London early in the new year. Head over to Architects’ official website for dates and tickets, which go on general sale at 9am on September 14.
In the meantime, take a look at the Jeb Hardwick-directed video for the second track to be shared from the album, Hearafter, which follows last year’s Doomsday single, below.