U.K. metallers ARCHITECTS will release their eighth full-length album, “Holy Hell”, on November 9 via Epitaph Records.
The official music video for the disc’s first single, “Hereafter”, can be seen below.
“Holy Hell” marks ARCHITECTS‘ first record since the death of guitarist Tom Searle, who passed away in 2016 following a three-year battle with skin cancer.
Dan Searle, ARCHITECTS‘ drummer and Tom‘s brother, said: “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.”
“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.
“For me, broadly speaking, ‘Holy Hell’ is about pain: the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it,” he concludes. “There is value in pain. It’s where we learn, it’s where we grow.”
“Holy Hell” track listing:
01. Death Is Not Defeat
03. Mortal After All
04. Holy Hell
06. Royal Beggars
07. Modern Misery
08. Dying To Heal
09. The Seventh Circle
11. A Wasted Hymn