Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together
Record Label: Epitaph Records
Release Date: March 11, 2014
I like being controversial so here we go; there never needs to be another metalcore record ever again.
Architects grabbed the genre by its throat, calmly whispered "we own you" into its ear, beat it into submission, and threw it into a corner before creating one of the finest albums in recent memory. There is a very small handful of bands that are the thread barely keeping the genre from plummeting into obscurity and Architects is not one of them; they now hold the scissors. A mix of raw emotion, powerful lyrics, and 12 gauge shotguns, Lost Forever // Lost Together will have you scrambling over the crowd, happily sweaty, battered, and bruised to belt every last word into the microphone, before the venue's roof, ironically, collapses in from the sheer force of Architects.
From the first second of the album, it felt like an earthquake was happening in my head. Sam Carter continues to prove that he is one of the best screamers in metalcore, with high pitched, explosive screams that almost never let up. When he does give the listener a reprieve, his singing mimics how I felt when listening; drained and beaten. One of the most impressive accomplishments of Lost Forever // Lost Together is its ability to be melodic without losing its intensity. For every slower moment in the album, there is always a swift kick to the throat around the corner. Many melodic bands are either too melodic or not melodic enough, but Architects has struck a perfect balance, creating a relentless album that grabbed me like a vice and never let go.
Even the latter half of the album, normally a section of missteps for most bands, is just as heavy, if not more so, than the first half. Not one iota of the brutality has been compromised and songs like the wonderfully vicious “C.A.N.C.E.R” and infectious “Colony Collapse” show that Architects are at the top of their game. If the opening seconds of “Castles In The Air” doesn’t incite a riot (“This is the be all, the end all!/The burden, the blessing!/ This is the be all, the end all!/ The burden, the blessing!”), the audience needs to have their blood pressure checked.
Architects have set the standard for melodic metalcore. Never before has a band so skillfully integrated melodic elements while never losing their heavy elements in an album. Every song, except for the interlude “Red Hypergiant” which is just as haunting as the rest of the album, is a complex melding of brutality, melody, and passionate lyrics that will leave the listener dazed long after the last note is played. Architects has not reinvented metalcore, they have very nearly perfected it. There never needs to be another metalcore album ever again…except another Architects record.