With the disjointed astronaut seeking the guidance of God among those lost; the album consists of euphoric anthems as Architects tackle the destruction of the world we see around us.
An expedition that has shocked new fans and old – this is: For Those That Wish To Exist.
It’s Enough to Plague a Saint: Approaching the slow-burning destruction of the world we have resided in, Architects tackles grief, restrain and the biggest questions that is facing our future in ambitious For Those That Wish to Exist. Their ninth studio album incorporates elements of the old ‘Doomsday‘ Architects and interlaced with the new we hear on this expedition.
Although not as forged incessantly as its predecessor, Holy Hell in 2018, it still packs a punch and has an ever-present introspection into the band’s inner thoughts and feelings than any other release. Where we had the illustrious work of Doomsday and Royal Beggars, these have been evolved into the raw emotion of Animals and Black Lungs – that are more emphatically choral and beautiful in its making.
A pattern I’m seeing more and more in rock and metal bands, this album is another one to add to the list where there are no skippable or filler songs present on it. Even though An Ordinary Extinction and Libertine hold the scary middle slots, the momentum is not lost at all and are enjoyable to listen throughout.
This album also sees the band reaching out to their phone contacts more so than ever before, with fellow belters Winston McCall and Mike Kerr joining in for a bar or two. We even have a collaboration we didn’t know we needed with Biffy Clyro frontman, Simon Neil leading the helm in Goliath. With it, comes a defiant feature on a defiant song. A favourite for me.
Where Architects have been criticised for formalising their music similar to that of Bring Me The Horizon’s approach in That’s the Spirit – this is evident in such songs like Dead Butterflies and Flight Without Feathers – their creativity is not all-lost with Architects‘ iconic sound present throughout the whole expedition on this album. Even though it does not border the elements of Architects‘ ferocity in Lost Forever // Lost Together, you can expect bands to evolve time with their sound, right?
With the vocals of Sam Carter returning for another whiplash in our ears though, it is a familiarity that we all know well and loved from previous works in Holy Hell and All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us.
The album ends on a triumphant high with Meteor and Dying is Absolutely Safe, as it outplays almost an acceptance of ourselves and where we ultimately stand in the world.
Not bad return of form for the band. They wear it well.