Ranking the discography of any band comes with a different set of challenges. How do you accurately compare and rank a body of work that spans years, genres, and musical trends? That’s what we’re attempting to do by ranking the discography of beloved metalcore band Architects. 7 albums and over a decade into their careers, the band’s constant touring and (mostly) subtle shifts in style have earned them a dedicated fanbase.
We’re ranking each of Architects 7 full-lengths with respect to the band’s changing styles, where they came from, and where they’re going. All of them are worth a listen (yes, even The Here And Now), and are best listened to in sequential order to see how the evolution of Architects manifested itself.
After having teased new music in a recent interview, popular metalcore band Architects have released a new song, “Doomsday”. A melodic track that highlights the band’s songwriting strengths, it’s also the band’s first new material since last year’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. Check it out below.
Despite the tragic 2016 of guitarist Tom Searle, British metalcore titans Architects have continued to soldier on through tough times, playing many highly acclaimed shows, including Reading and Leeds just recently. Tom will never be far from the band’s mind – it is never easy to lose someone you love, and who you played hundreds of shows with across the world.
That being said, many fans have been wondering about possible future Architects material. Speaking to the Mike James Rock Show live at the aforementioned festival, Sam Carter and Dan Searle discuss the possibility of upcoming material, noting that while there isn’t a specific timeline for it, they are indeed working on new material. You can view the whole interview below – the whole thing is worth watching, but specifically the part between the 3 and 7 minute mark.
In the mid-2000’s, the British metal and hardcore undergrounds were struck by the emergence of several forward-thinking bands like Johnny Truant, Dead Swans, and chief among them, Architects. 7 albums into their career and just over a decade after their inception, Architects remains a driving force and primary influencer on much of today’s popular metalcore – but before their rising popularity (especially after 2012’s Daybreaker was released), the band’s first 3 records were something to be celebrate, too. Though 2009’s Hollow Crown remains arguably the band’s defining work (and for good reason), their first two records were important ones, too – and just as good. Especially 2007’s Ruin, which was the first Architects album to feature vocalist Sam Carter.
Falling somewhere between the Dillinger Escape Plan/Botch influenced work of Nightmares and the later, more standard chaotic metalcore sound of their later work, the album is sometimes forgotten by many Architects fans who may not have been into the band until, say, a few years ago. Granted, this isn’t easy listening by any means. Ruin is still the sum of its influences – but tracks like “Buried At Sea” (which feature sporadic singing and more accessible song structures) and “You’ll Find Safety” showcase some of what Architects would eventually become, too.
Ruin is a vital bridging point between Nightmares and Hollow Crown, and should not be forgotten. Hell, one of the songs on here is named “North Lane”. Sound familiar?