'It's overwhelming to witness just how far Architects have come'
Amy Gravelle

12:48 15th March 2014

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“It’s taken us a long time to figure out our sound and as a band we’ve definitely had our ups and downs,” reflects lead vocalist Sam Carter. It’s an honest statement that Architects fans are likely to agree on. The band quickly shot up the metal scene ranks and with 2009’s ‘Hollow Crown’ firmly cementing their status as one of the most promising metalcore bands in the UK. But 2011’s ‘The Here and Now’ was an anticlimax mid-career misstep, with the Brighton gang appearing to lose their footing almost altogether.

So tonight, Architects will play London’s Koko in an attempt to recover lost ground. And with their latest album ‘Lost Forever//Lost Together’ already commanding attention in both the rock community and mainstream charts, after only a week’s release, it’s a sure sign that tonight could be a return to form.

Opening the set with ‘Gravedigger’ and ‘C.A.N.C.E.R’ the band are eager to promote new material and it’s easy to see why. There is an imposing wave of brute force and unity with tracks that are heavier and more bone-rattlingly satisfying than previous endeavors.

That said, ‘Alpha Omega’ and ‘Day In Day Out’ give those who haven’t learnt all the lyrics to the new album (which is surprisingly few) a chance to appreciate the gloriously crafted anthems of old, which are still sealed with conviction.

Watch a clip from Architects’ KOKO gig below

Architects have clearly toughened up their policy altogether, with grippingly intensified religious references in ‘Broken Cross’ through to the thudding muscular beatdowns in ‘Naysayer’ that concur uncompromising sensibilities.

It’s clear from the crowds’ reactions that this is what they’ve been waiting for from the Architects all along. And not since Bring Me The Horizon’s show at Koko in 2013 has there been a crowd so alight with appreciation for a new record that encompasses so much promise.

Tonight it’s overwhelming to witness just how far Architects have come and with a newborn sincerity and clear yearning to fight for superbly crafted anthems, it will unquestionably see them reign at the top of the metal ranks once more.

Architects played:

Alpha Omega
Even If You Win, You're Still a Rat
Day in Day Out
The Devil is Near
Follow the Water
Colony Collapse
Black Blood
Devil's Island
Early Grave (With Drew York)
Broken Cross
Red Hypergiant
These Colours Don't Run

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Photo: Amy Gravelle