Architects - “All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us”
Seven albums deep into a music career, you have a formula. It doesn’t matter what genre you play, how many times you’ve “reinvented,” how much you’ve “grown” since your debut: this far in, you have your ruts, you know where they are, and you’re going to fall into them. All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us sees Architects porting over the slight modifications they made on 2014’s Lost Forever // Lost Together, but by and large still hammering away at Daybreaker’s formula from 2012.
Some of the pieces fit a little differently this go-round, but it’s basically the same set of midrange riffs, diligent kit-work, hazy electronics, and awkward sociopolitical messages that we’ve come to expect. Sam Carter’s throaty roar is still one of the best, but we know all of his patterns and tricks by now. We know when the pre-breakdown couplets come in. We know he’ll repeat a few of those words over the breakdown. We know when and for how long he’ll pause to let the background synths build before dropping some melodramatic guff on us. The band is equally predictable, but they have their moments as often as Carter. The no-nonsense “Nihilist,” which immediately joins the ranks of great Architects openers alongside “Gravedigger” and “Buried At Sea,” is the first, and the awesome tonal shake-ups of “Memento Mori” are the last. In between, we have the pleasantly technical “Gone With The Wind” and the hair-raising “The Empty Hourglass.”
All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is here, two years after the last record like clockwork, to remind us that there’s some wind left in Architects sails to keep them atop their current wave of well-deserved popularity. While it’s its own pleasure to see them so comfortable in their own skins, the fact remains that they haven’t made any significant musical progress since Hollow Crown capitalized on the potential of Ruin and Nightmares seven years ago. Whether you’re new to the band or a long-time supporter, fans of all stripes should have a pretty good idea of what they’re going to get on Architects seventh album: above-average metalcore, and not a bit more.
- Brian L.