Holy Hell

Architects - Holy Hell
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #32 / 735
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2018 Ratings: #277
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Epitaph / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Metal Injection
A masterpiece. A long-playing tribute to a life cut tragically short, and a genius whose influence will live on for decades to come.
100
NME

It’s an impossibly beautiful dedication to a life like few others. Long may Architects live on.

80
Exclaim!
Having lost one of their primary song writers, many feared Architects would change and ditch their technical brand of metal for one more commercially palatable, but, in the spirit of perseverance manifested by this eighth full-length release, Architects have proven that they are just as strong as ever, and that death is not defeat.
80
Metal Hammer

Holy Hell isn’t the best Architects album, but it doesn’t have to be. It deviates away from the previous two albums into something more fractured, missing the mark at times, but still able to deliver knockout blows when it counts.

80
DIY
‘Holy Hell’ acknowledges loss as a journey, rather than presenting itself as either an ending or a beginning of any process. 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.
80
Clash
There’s no doubt that grief hangs over this record, ugly, uncomfortable and overwhelming, but healing waits at the end of the tunnel. Tom’s legacy has been treated with fierce, fierce love and in doing so Architects have been able to draw strength from their sadness and ultimately triumph from tragedy.
80
The Guardian
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.
80
AllMusic

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.

70
Sputnikmusic

In some ways, Holy Hell is a sort of morbid mulligan, an excusable placeholder while the band figures out where to go from here.

65
Northern Transmissions
With all the talent Architects have at their disposal, a more innovative than emulative approach will do them better.
Plats
78
While it can feel a little samey after a while, “Holy Hell” features powerful vocals and great instrumentation with some emotional depth coming from the death of a bandmate.

Fav Tracks: Doomsday, Royal Beggars, Hereafter, Death Is Not Defeat, A Wasted Hymn, Mortal After All

Least Fav Track: Damnation

Score:
7.8
Very Good
luna128
68
I'll have to meditate on this one. There's something special here.
DontFearMusic
90
I don't even like metalcore and I thought this was fucking amazing. Read up on the backstory behind the creation of this album and you'll only love it more.
donaldfoss
95
Hell yes.

Despite some of the songs sounding a bit samey and the album coming across as arguably somewhat one-dimensional, the BROOTAL energy that Architects brings to these songs is undeniable. Some genuinely admirable metalcore.
kiccass_account
92
I don't really enjoy Metalcore as a genre but there's something special here
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Track List

  1. Death Is Not Defeat
  2. Hereafter
  3. Mortal After All
  4. Holy Hell
  5. Damnation
  6. Royal Beggars
  7. Modern Misery
  8. Dying to Heal
  9. The Seventh Circle
  10. Doomsday
  11. A Wasted Hymn
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