AOTY 2018

Holy Hell

Architects - Holy Hell
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #67 / 709
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2018 Ratings: #345
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Epitaph / Label
Metalcore / Genres
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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.

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

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.
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.

‘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.
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.
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.

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.


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

Northern Transmissions
With all the talent Architects have at their disposal, a more innovative than emulative approach will do them better.
I'll have to meditate on this one. There's something special here.
JESUS CHRIST, this one came out of nowhere. Speaking as a huge Architects fan, this might be the band's best album since Hollow Crown. I'd give it a 100, but I'm going to give it some time to sit with me. But for now, this is seriously fantastic. AOTY contender along with Haken, Machine Girl and Judas Priest.
Architects on their A Game, Some of the best technical Songs I have heard in a while.

R.I.P Tom Searle
An amazing record based around the death of their guitarist Tom Searle (R.I.P)

I was afraid that they wouldn't recover from Tom's death, that he was the strongest writer in the band. I was very much wrong. Some of these riffs are honestly the best they've ever wrote, same thing with the lyrics. I would call this record their most djent influenced one out of the recent three. Which is a good thing, since they do that sound very well. The electronic components in some songs are kinda glitch ... read more
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#33/The Independent
#37/God Is In The TV

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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Added on: September 13, 2018