Architects
All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us


2.5
average

Review

by TooManyFriends USER (24 Reviews)
May 27th, 2016 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Inevitably settling.

Architects have spent seemingly their entire careers trying to decide what kind of band they want to be. After tiring of the technical mathcore stylings of Nightmares and Ruin, moving on from the breakneck pace of Hollow Crown, and junking the accessible post-hardcore sound of The Here and Now, the band finally seemed to feel comfortable in their skin with 2014’s Lost Forever // Lost Together. A technically sound metalcore album filled with mammoth guitar riffs and “scream it out” type choruses, Lost Forever propelled Architects to a new level of fandom and cemented something of their own signature sound.

Unfortunately, this is where most of the problems with All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us lie. After seeing their fanbase's fervent response to Lost Forever, Architects saw it fit to produce some more of the same…. like, exactly the same. Bringing back the production team from Lost Forever, there’s very little change to be found sonically on this record. The guitar tones are more or less exactly the same, the bass is just as unremarkable and inaudible as before, and Sam Carter’s abrasive half-screaming/half-shouting vocal style, while impressive, is virtually unchanged. Listening to selections from both albums, it’s almost remarkable to think they weren’t recorded at the same time.

This wouldn’t be much of a problem if Architects’ songwriting had evolved, but there’s not much growth to be found there either. The general theme of All Our Gods seems to be “everything bigger”. Bigger riffs, bigger choruses, and bigger songs that are meant to be played in huge stadiums. Sometimes they succeed, such as in the monster introduction to “Nihilist” or the melodic guitar leads and twittering electronics of “Gravity”. Most of the time, however, the ideas here just come across as having been done before. Lead single “A Match Made In Heaven” plays out like a B-side from Lost Forever, featuring an exceedingly average riff that could have been pulled from any song on that record, rehashed lyrics about corruption of some type, and token “BLEGH”s. “Deathwish” impressively manages to sound exactly like the last record's “Gravedigger”, “The Devil is Near”, and “C.A.N.C.E.R.”, all at once. Instead of letting the more sparse moments of the record just be sparse, Architects continue to frustratingly stick in soundbites of speeches from various philosophers in an attempt to appear deep and thoughtful.

That’s not to say All Our Gods doesn’t have its moments, most of which come on the latter half of the record. The aforementioned “Gravity” is a huge, powerful track that’s wonderfully melodic and memorable. “All Love Is Lost” churns at a grim pace, building and showing impressive restraint until its explosive ending. The 8-minute closer “Memento Mori” is easily the most musically impressive track here, winding through various passages seamlessly and incorporating strings that are appropriately dramatic and never overbearing. The song’s conclusion is particularly breathtaking, with Carter shrieking passionately over monster blast beats and a cascading wall of strings, guitars, and electronics. Sadly, moments like this are too few and far between to really prevent the record from sounding like a rehash.

Lost Forever is a perfectly solid metalcore album that didn't really need a direct sequel. Regrettably, that’s more or less what All Our Gods is. The songs are tight, punchy, accurately performed and cleanly produced, but this is more or less the sound of a band riding on what works. As Sam Carter belts “I’ve heard it all before” in the chorus to “Gravity”, you can’t really help but be inclined to agree.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Ebola
May 27th 2016


3705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stellar review. Lost Forever was a good time so I'll probably check this, though I'm not expecting much.

Hellscythe
May 27th 2016


4271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

don't agree obvs but still a great review, pos

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Faraudo
May 27th 2016


3271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's been growing on me quite a bit this last few days, pretty fun record.

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XingKing
May 27th 2016


14935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You seem to have forgotten that Lost Forever was merely a sequel to Daybreaker, so they've been running with the exact same sound for three records now.

Hellscythe
May 27th 2016


4271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've never gotten why people say Lost Forever and Daybreaker sound the same. like they have the same core sound sure but Lost Forever expanded on the atmospheric elements at the very least

TooManyFriends
May 27th 2016


3166 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

thanks for the props lads, this is the first review i've written in a while that i was legit pleased with how it came out



i think this is much more similar to lf/lt in songwriting and (especially) production than daybreaker

XingKing
May 27th 2016


14935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Even with the slightly expanded atmospherics, they've regurgitated the same record three times now.

Faraudo
May 27th 2016


3271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I never expected this to be a prog metal opus or anything, so i'm ok with it.

Spec
May 27th 2016


35767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

its good but its no lateralus agreed

AmericnZero02
May 27th 2016


3731 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I loved Lost Forever so if this does indeed turn out to be LF//LT Pt. 2, I'll still jam the fuck out of it.



I also disagree that with the whole Daybreaker and Lost Forever being so similar idea.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2016


15797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is there a stream for this yet?

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Hellscythe
May 27th 2016


4271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I mean it's officially out now so it's probably on Spotify

JeetJeet
May 27th 2016


7283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Whole review sums up how I feel about this. Pos'd.

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Dedicated1
May 27th 2016


119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lost together, but hopefully not lost forever.

betray
May 27th 2016


9392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review

Themaxwell23
May 27th 2016


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with this review except that I love it , yeah it's more of the same but it works and sounds great. If it ain't broke don't fix it path is ok by me .

chinesewhispers
May 27th 2016


4767 Comments


Nah fuck that explore new paths don't be a pussy

trackbytrackreviews
May 27th 2016


3406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was way better than I expected

sspedding
May 27th 2016


5251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

With the exception of Gravity which is a great tune this is pretty forgettable, like every album since Hollow Crown. Good review. Sam Carter's vocals are unbearable these days.

Tunaboy45
May 27th 2016


16788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band just never did anything for me



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