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Architects: Holy Hell - Addressing Tragedy With Gravity And Defiance

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 9 November 2018

IN 2016, Brighton metalcore giants Architects were sent reeling when founder guitarist and songwriter, Tom Searle — brother of drummer Dan — died of skin cancer, aged just 28. Two years on, the surviving sibling describes the regrouped band's eighth album (the first since the tragedy) as being "about pain: the way we process, it, cope with it and live with it". However, rather than succumb to understandable despair, the album comes hurtling out of the traps, from defiant opener 'Death Is Not Defeat' onwards, offering what the surviving Searle hopes will be "a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences".

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