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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the British metalcore band is its first without Tom Searle, who passed away in August 2016.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Kerrang!
    Nov 9, 2018
    100
    An album that's by turns gut-wrenching, hauntingly desolate and emotionally devastating. [3 Nov 2018, p.57]
  2. 100
    Even aside from the tragedy that frames its arrival, though, it stands up as Architects’ very best album. ... Architects have emerged more powerful than ever--building on Tom’s legacy, rather than riding on its coattails. It’s a wonder to behold.
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    The songs’ difficult birth has given them a bracing, anthemic, heartfelt and occasionally even eerily dreamlike quality. Architects aren’t a band for anyone with sensitive hearing, but it’s hard not to be moved by this loud, cathartic howl.
  4. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    Holy Hell is both a teardown and a rebuild, and while it isn't always an easy listen, there is some hard-won catharsis to be found in its attempt to distill the messiness of grief into four-minute blasts of sonic demolition.
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    Holy Hell succeeds in pushing Architects’ sound further than ever before. The grooves dig deeper, while the instrumentation is techier.
  6. Nov 9, 2018
    80
    It’s powerfully honest and refreshingly unfiltered, beautifully crafted and distinctive. Most importantly of all it carries the legacy of Tom Searle, and of the remaining Architects members, forward.
  7. Nov 12, 2018
    70
    Architects have never shied away from clarion calls to action, but this is the band at their most inspiring and effectual, filling in the empty space left behind after a monumental loss. It is an epitaph that nonetheless suggests a bright future ahead.
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  1. Nov 13, 2018
    10
    Arguably the most important record produced by Architects, Holy Hell already set high expectations with its singles "Doomsday", "Hereafter",Arguably the most important record produced by Architects, Holy Hell already set high expectations with its singles "Doomsday", "Hereafter", "Royal Beggars" and "Modern Misery". The whole record is dealing with the loss of founding member and former guitarist Tom Searle who passed away 2016. The biggest challenge for the band was to full fill the expectations of their fans because Tom wrote most of the music on previous records. In my opinion Architects managed to produce a record worthy of Toms legacy, with great sound, great lyrics and very good athmosphere. Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    A brutally honest return to form. Though Tom Searle is no longer with us, his music and impact carry on in what has no doubt become the bestA brutally honest return to form. Though Tom Searle is no longer with us, his music and impact carry on in what has no doubt become the best metalcore band in the scene: Architects. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2018
    10
    Arguably their best album to date, it is a level of sonic transcendence that only Architects could provide. To manage to temper loss andArguably their best album to date, it is a level of sonic transcendence that only Architects could provide. To manage to temper loss and suffering into something that is just so well put together is a fitting tribute to Tom. It'd be hard to name a weakest track on the album, but on a level of personal taste it is probably Damnation. Strongest to choose is even harder, Death Is Not Defeat, Mortal After All and Holy Hell are all worthy contenders, but the best two must be A Wasted Hymn and Doomsday.

    Architects have surpassed themselves yet again and Sam Carter has confirmed his place among the elite vocalists of the metal world. You can almost touch the malice and hurt in his voice. Get ready for the tour in the new year, as it is not one you will forgive yourself for missing.
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  4. Nov 9, 2018
    9
    While It's difficult to follow up All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, they certainly gave it their best. The filler in the album is limited, withWhile It's difficult to follow up All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, they certainly gave it their best. The filler in the album is limited, with the weakest track being the title track. Punishing and melodic riffs cover the album, while Sam Carter continues to prove he is one of the best metal-core has to offer. A haunting tribute to Tom, and a staple of the modern metal-core sound. Expand

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