Architects
All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us


3.0
good

Review

by Insurrection CONTRIBUTOR (112 Reviews)
May 30th, 2016 | 533 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forgettable, formulaic ear candy.

Architects are one of those bands that settled, plain and simple. Pre-2011 Architects might as well be a separate band from post-2011 Architects. Listening to one album or another on its own would give you a wrong impression of the band as a whole. The UK based hardcore act began as a The Dillinger Escape Plan esque protégé, exploring the dichotomy between harsh unconventional accents and soothing melodic refrains. Hollow Crown saw the band streamline their relatively unpredictable sound for a simpler, catchier approach while maintaining their signature vitality. Then the abomination known as The Here and Now graced the public’s ears in 2011 and essentially alienated both longtime fans and newcomers alike. Architects ditched their technical sound entirely in favor of cheesy post-genericore drivel that nobody expected nor wanted, especially after their preceding success. Since then, Architects tried rehashing their Hollow Crown formula of stripped down unassuming metalcore, throwing little to no curve balls for the audience. This remains the case on All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. It might as well have been titled Lost Forever Part 2 or Daybreaker Part 3 as you’d be hard pressed to differentiate any track from the three records. It’s not so much a bad thing as it is disappointing. Lost Forever wasn’t a terrible album. Its biggest problem is that it wasn’t particularly memorable in the long term, and this same complacency is what plagues All Our Gods.

Dissonance and melody are well balanced as usual. Crushing breakdowns are countered with cleanly sung choruses and spastic riffs are largely replaced by controlled mid-tempo grooves. The biggest surprise All Our Gods has to offer is its closer, the eight minute ‘Memento Mori’, one of the few tracks to differentiate itself from the pack by dabbling with synths, lush atmospheres, blast beats, and boasting a powerful enough chorus to hold your attention for the full runtime. Architects can still write a killer opener too. ‘Nihilist’ kicks off the record with the tight ferocity and infectious energy you’d expect from Architects. The next few songs continue in the same vain of formulaic ear candy. After ‘Downfall’, things take a turn for the dull and predictable, even more so than usual. That is, until the album picks up steam again in its tail end. Regardless, while the songs themselves are decent – hell, damn fun even – there isn’t one thing about All Our Gods that hasn’t been done better before, either by Architects or by any one of the countless other modern metalcore acts. This style has been done to death already and Architects don’t seem to have any intentions of letting it go.

It’s unfortunate because the band had something special at the beginning. While Nightmares wasn’t entirely original, it was a breath of fresh air in the metalcore scene because they had the gall to attempt something special. It had the same something that’s been deteriorating in the band ever since – inspiration, vision. Maybe they’re staying on the road of complacency to avoid shitting out another turd like The Here and Now; maybe they’re fresh out of ideas and plan on regurgitating the same album ad infinitum; or maybe they’re just having fun and releasing exactly the kind of music they want to make. No matter the case, one thing that’s for certain is they aren’t the same band as they once were, and All Our Gods is just another derivative byproduct of the genre that will soon be forgotten once the next new, fresh, inspired band comes along and knocks off Architects’ hollow crown.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2016


24509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

meh

full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QCMACfeml8

SteakByrnes
May 30th 2016


9538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I loved Daybreaker and still do, but they keep repeating that album and it hinders them.

Digging: Palm Reader - Braille

Spec
May 30th 2016


35345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This and Lost Forever are way ahead of Daybreaker.

SteakByrnes
May 30th 2016


9538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bias aside I agree, but I love Daybreaker. I'm not sure why, but I just can't dig the whole dark ambiance fetish they had on Lost Forever and this. Daybreaker had some of the ambiance, but not nearly as much

Ebola
May 30th 2016


2953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

summary sums the album up perfectly

Digging: soccer mommy - Clean

parksungjoon
May 30th 2016


7644 Comments


well written ins, mindpos

still surprised this band is as well received as they are

Digging: A.A.L. (Against All Logic) - 2012-2017

Ebola
May 30th 2016


2953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

summary sums the album up perfectly

parksungjoon
May 30th 2016


7644 Comments


summary sums the band up perfectly

trilogique21
May 30th 2016


1678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

yea not feelin this one as much

Digging: Sleep - The Sciences

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2016


8450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Rating too high unfortunately.

parksungjoon
May 30th 2016


7644 Comments


true

Spec
May 30th 2016


35345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's definitely not as creative as August Burns Red that's for sure.

Flugmorph
May 30th 2016


17881 Comments


shit band agreed?

parksungjoon
May 30th 2016


7644 Comments


damnit spec

Toondude10
May 30th 2016


12473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

disagreed but good rev anyway

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Tunaboy45
May 30th 2016


16099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Match Made In Heaven surprised me, need to hear this

Spec
May 30th 2016


35345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lmoaaaa

XingKing
May 30th 2016


12953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review most accurately sums up my feelings about this record. Kudos!

PlanningMyDeath
May 30th 2016


233 Comments


Really good album so far

chinesewhispers
May 30th 2016


4757 Comments


Agreed with Xing. Good review



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