Architects (uk)

Architects (uk)

The sixth studio album from Brighton, England-based metalcore outfit Architects UK, Lost Forever, Lost Together is the most sprawling and ambitious, yet tightly controlled album so far in the band's ten-year career. Making their Epitaph Records debut, Architects UK deepen their blend of brutal, thundering metal and melody-spiked hardcore with heavier riffs and intricate arrangements inspired by artists unlikely as Sigur Ros. With lyrics delving into everything from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, to Architects UK's guitarist/chief songwriter Tom Searle's recent bout with skin cancer, Lost Forever, Lost Together artfully delivers an emotional charge that's both devastating and glorious.
For the follow-up to their 2012 album Daybreaker, Architects UK( whose lineup also includes Tom's twin brother Dan on drums, Sam Carter on lead vocals, and Alex Dean on bass) took to Studio Fredman in the Swedish city of Gothenburg in the middle of the sunlight-starved winter. Working with producers Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd (known for their work with Bring Me the Horizon/At The Gates/In Flames and chosen largely because "we've always been big fans of how massive their records sound," according to Sam), Architects UK spent a month living in the studio so that they could record whenever inspiration hit. "There was a little room next door that had bunk beds and a kitchen, but that flooded halfway through," says Sam. "So then Tom and I just moved into the actual studio and slept on the floor. It was very glamorous, very rock & roll."
Opening with 15 seconds of swirling guitar before bursting into the melodic thrash of "Gravedigger" (a song Tom dreamed up so that "people could mosh their brains out and sing their heads off at the same time"), Lost Forever, Lost Together loads up nearly every track with monster-sized riffs and Sam's masterful, larynx-shredding vocals. Throughout the album, Architects UK also weave in ambient elements that sometimes verge on gauzy and dreamlike: the instrumental "Red Hypergiant" threads a sample from Carl Sagan through an oceanic wall of sound, for example, while the album-closing "Distant Blue" starts out as a snarling, lead-heavy epic and then unfolds into spacey ethereality. Along with dealing with such weighty subject matter as the Fukushima nuclear disaster (on the urgent, strings-accented "Colony Collapse") and hypocrisy in government response to the whistleblowing of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning (on the rage-fueled "Dead Man Talking"), Lost Forever, Lost Together gets boldly personal on songs like "C.A.N.C.E.R." (a track Tom wrote about "overcoming that feeling hopelessness and finding the good in a bad situation" after being diagnosed with melanoma last year).
While some moments on Lost Forever, Lost Together were born from happy accidents ("Gravedigger," for instance, uses a tuning Tom discovered after his guitar was knocked out of tune onstage), the album emerges as Architects UK's most carefully crafted work to date. After creating demos while on the Warped tour and the 25-country headlining venture chronicled in their 2013 documentary One Hundred Days: The Story Of Architects Almost World Tour, Tom and Sam took a month to work on vocal preproduction before heading into the studio. "We'd never done anything like that before," says Sam. "I'd always gone into recording just kind of feeding off the thrill of not really knowing what I was doing, but this time around we decided it was important to spend a lot of time on phrasing and getting things right." Although much more meticulous than their usual process, Tom points out that the new approach allowed for a greater sense of freedom. "I think it streamlined everything and helped us to explore things that might have seemed too ambitious had it all happened in the rehearsal room," he says. Those newly explored dimensions include the atmospherics soundscapes layered throughout Lost Forever, Lost Together." We all love post-rock bands like This Will Destroy You and Sigur Ros, so this was a way for us to bringing in something serene and subtle but still be heavy at the same time," says Tom.
In naming Lost Forever, Lost Together, Architects UK borrowed a lyric from "Youth Is Wasted on the Young," a blistering but big-hearted meditation on lost youth that turns up toward the end of the album. As former denizens of the UK metal/hardcore underground who released their debut album Nightmares when they were just 17. On choosing the title Tom notes: "We'd just pulled off tour and were all dealing with our own insecurities and anxieties. Everyone is carrying their own baggage but we can take comfort in knowing we're all in the same boat," says Tom. "No one knows where they're going in life or what's coming next. You don't realise when things are easy until things get tough." he continues. "We're all lost. Everyone's just trying to find their place, and hopefully we'll all get there eventually."

Make Them Suffer

Hailing from the most remote capital city on the planet, Perth sextet Make Them Suffer have been honing their razor sharp blend of frostbitten black metal, fiery hardcore and gothic misery since 2008. Partnering with global heavy metal powerhouse Roadrunner Records for 2012's critically acclaimed debut, Neverbloom, the band hit the road with the likes of Northlane, Bleeding Through, Job For A Cowboy and Thy Art Is Murder to spread the nightmare throughout Australia, Europe and the UK.

Now in 2015, it is time to draw back the curtains on Make Them Suffer's brand new album Old Souls. Created in the shadows over the last year and tended to by a who's who of heavy music producers, with Jason Suecoff (The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium), Joey Sturgis (Emmure, Asking Alexandria), Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus) and Roland Lim (Make Them Suffer - Neverbloom, I Am Zero) all getting involved, Old Souls sees Make Them Suffer expanding their sonic universe and exploring new territory without sacrificing the vicious metallic attack that first drew fans across the world to them. Whether it's the furious blasting of Threads, the mournful cinematic dirge of Timeless or manic piano signature piercing the thunderous breakdowns of Scraping The Barrel, Old Souls is the evolution heavy music has been waiting for.

Stray From The Path

It is no coincidence that listeners of Stray From The Path will often have a difficult time confining them to a specific genre. The Long Island outfit, has made it a point to remain unpredictable, intricate, and intelligent. Listeners can expect their Sumerian Records debut 'Villains' to surpass the gratuitous and/or contrived music that is all too common today, and instead perform articulate songs that refuse to compromise their precision, honesty, and genuine desire to impress. Expect "Villains" to arrive in stores everywhere May 13th!

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