Architects   Holy Hell
3.6
great
Release Date: 2018
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0.0 JasonCarne | November 7th 18

This band has been writing the same 3 songs for like 5 albums now.

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4.0 excellentToondude | November 8th 18

"Hey mods can you do your job and remove all these premature 5s?? It's fucking up the 2018 best of chart, no reason this should be #2. Album will be average as always these dudes have been releasing the same song for years."

This is coming from a guy who rated this a month before it was released


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4.5 superbMacros | November 8th 18

The "this just sounds like their last X albums" judgement is just a lazy cliche by now. This is a
powerful, emotionally evocative modern metalcore record that rewards a close listen, and I suspect
will only get stronger the more one lives with it. As anyone would expect, this is their most
mature record. Heavy both musically and thematically, it may be their defining LP, and one of the
most important to come from the genre.


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2.5 averagetwlichty | November 8th 18

Hey mods can you do your job and remove all these premature 5s?? It's fucking up the 2018 best of chart, no reason this should be #2. Album will be average as always these dudes have been releasing the same song for years.

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5.0 classicRustCohle | November 7th 18

This is insanely good, the melodies, the feels, never thought they could pull this after what has happened.

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4.0 excellentStorm In A Teacup | October 29th 18

This might be the most important metal album in recent years. The singles are stained rwith powerful emotions and leave everything on the table. It's frighteningly good.

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2.5 averagemirak2 | November 9th 18

Although I want to like it, the loss of main writer is heavily felt and the album feels very generic.

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4.0 excellenteljonny | November 16th 18

Melodic metal/metalcore/industrial-tinted greatness. The vocals are excellent, albeit overly constrained imo. Everything is approaching excellence without feeling polished; you can feel the rawness and emotion through your speakers. If this didn't have so many simplistic breakdowns, distilling the quality a bit, I think this might actually be a 5 for me. 4.3 if I could give it that, 4 since I can't.

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1.5 very poorBlazinBlitzer | November 11th 18

Holy Hell, Batman! How are we supposed to tolerate this trash heap of an album? Batman: _(?)_/

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4.0 excellentpo0ty | November 9th 18

I've been following these guys for about 10 years now and I'm so proud and thankful that this record exists. It would have been so easy after Tom's death for them to give up touring and making music. But they didn't. They gave a middle finger to death and didn't let it destroy the legacy that Tom had built. rI didn't expect them to reinvent themselves and they don't with Holy Hell. But in many cases it feels like Tom is right there in the room writing the record with them and that's an accomplishment in itself.

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4.5 superbAmir | November 9th 18

Very powerful and strong release. One of the best metal releases this year.

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3.5 greatteolaiho | November 9th 18

Maaannn I wish they would have done something more different on this one. It's still great but too many of the songs feel too similar structurally. It has some really great moments and Sam's vocals are insane. The lyrics hit hard but I wish it brought something new on the table after LF//LT and AOGHAU

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4.0 excellentSlyZ | November 9th 18

It is okay...could be better but the vocals are one dimensional as fuck. This high screaming thing can be annoying very fast.

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4.0 excellentMason Pearmain | November 9th 18

I'm definitely growing to it. Still not as good as AOGHAU, but it's a good album.

Two negative key points:
1) Song structures. AOGHAU was a tad more unconventional, and especially on tracks like Memento Mori, they had a bit more going on. Death Is Not Defeat has 5 choruses and 3 verses, Hereafter has your typical verse-chorus-verse structure, etc. It's a little underwhelming when shit's getting repeated to this degree, especially for a band as progressive and technical as Architects. AOGHAU averages about 2 choruses, maybe 3 on tracks like "All Love Is Lost" or "Deathwish". On here, it's hard to find ANYTHING with less than 3 repeats of the chorus. This poppy structure works for other bands, but it's a tad difficult to get used to with newer Architects.
2) Instrumental breaks are more scarce. As great as Sam is, it would have been nice to have a guitar solo or two that isn't overshadowed by the vocals. Death Is Not Defeat is a glaring offender here - I've gotten over that whole "dismantled piece by piece" annoyance that caused a shitstorm, but there are next to no moments where Sam stops singing or screaming to let the instruments shine, no breaks in between verse and chorus, etc.


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3.0 goodDarthHideous1 | November 8th 18

Considering that The Seventh Cirlce (a song under 2 minutes) is one of the better songs says a lot about this album. A bit of disappointment if I'm being honest. Seems like they replaced a lot of the flare the last two albums possessed with orchestral parts and synths.

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0.0 DDDeftoneDDD | November 7th 18

Architects - wasted talented in metal music for little girls...and little boys who want to score
with little girls + same music/sonwriting over and over and over...and over + the guy singing "and
now get prepared causE I'm GONNA START TO SCREEEAM!!!".


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4.5 superbItsTheSquirrel | October 18th 18

After watching the Holy Ghost documentary I really felt these songs. Never before have I started crying while listening to music

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5.0 classicWigmore | September 12th 18

For a band that lost there head writer. It still sounds like good old ARCHITECTS. There is still a future

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3.0 goodkalkwiese | November 17th 18

It's nice to see these guy pulling off something like this even though their main songwriter died, at this point it's just more of the same with lesser songwriting. This bands need to move on.

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2.5 averageInFlamesWeThrash666 | November 17th 18

Architects - The Song Remains The Same (part
III)

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5.0 classicDreamAgain | November 9th 18

Pretty much my album of the year tbh and probably architects best album

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3.5 greatGhostFame | November 9th 18

every song is still the same but I like his vocals on this one

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0.0 charlie15 | November 8th 18

It really does sound like the same shit over and over. Nothing will beat hollow crown but I?ll have this on repeat for a while and see if it grows on me. Actually think the released tracks are the highlights of the album so far.

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3.5 greatMegaResurrectedJake4 | November 8th 18

straight-up superior mainstream metalcore at this point, no doubt. Thought I'd moved on, especially after the singles were shit and ticked me off, but album actually won me over. half of it still feels pretty grimy, but the other half or maybe a third feels very right. holy hell was the first keep for me, just barely made it. then dying to heal made the real claim. seventh circle wasn't a rehash. and a wasted hymn closed it well enough. emotions were definitely flowing by the end. though I admit there was a vast space for righteousness to lay hammer... maybe next time, on Architects... r

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