U.K. metallers ARCHITECTS will release their eighth full-length album, "Holy Hell", on November 9 via Epitaph Records. The band has simultaneously debuted the song and video for "Hereafter", which was directed by Jeb Hardwick. Watch the clip below.
"Holy Hell" marks the band's first release since the untimely passing of Tom Searle, ARCHITECTS' founding guitarist, principal songwriter and twin brother to drummer Dan. Tom died in 2016 following a three-year battle with skin cancer.
Dan 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.
Finding a way forward, the band spent six months from the fall of 2017 through the spring of this year recording what would become the 11-song album, with Dan and guitar player Josh Middleton handling production.
"For me, broadly speaking, 'Holy Hell' is about pain: the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it," Dan offers. "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