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Fri, January 6, 2017

Top 9 of 2016: #4 Architects-All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us



HERE IT IS! The best albums released in the year 2016. I feel like we should lay down some ground rules before we get started. First and foremost, this is my OPINION. Therefore, I could be right or I could be wrong but based on my taste this is the list I put together. If you feel like I made a miscalculation, please feel free to comment with your argument. I love debating music and would love to do it with you. Also, these albums fall somewhere in the rock genre. That's what I do. Thirdly, please when you're telling me what you think in the comments, keep it PC.

#4 Architects-All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

So, we are knee-deep (or balls deep?) in the Top 9 of 2016 and things are getting pretty heavy over here. I named Architects All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us the fourth best release this year based on the fact that it is RELENTLESSLY heavy. I mean it literally had my brain rattling around my head for a good 3 days after I first listened to it all the way through.

Then it hit me in my heart once I had the story behind the album.

All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us was the last album that Architects put out with guitarist and founding member Tom Searle. Searle never actually saw the release of the album on account that he passed away after a long battle with cancer before the album debuted. Cancer sucks. Tom was, undoubtedly, one of the most talented guitar players in metal. He was only 28. That’s a year older than I am right now as I write this blog and that scares the living hell out of me. Amazingly enough, Searle was performing with Architects right up until his passing. That shows a MONUMENTOUS amount of strength and perseverance that is a hallmark of the genre of metal. Now, this story in and of itself while tragic, isn’t enough to warrant a place on this list if it didn’t have one of the most bad-ass albums I have listened to all year behind it.

As always, let’s take a look at the songs:

“Nihilist”

Oh, my God. This album has possibly the best start of a record I have ever heard. It literally destroys. It is RELENTLESS in the way it pummels your ears into sonic submission. Given the backstory of this album, it is interesting that this opening track leans political. However, it's interesting, not surprising. The world seems a little hopeless right now, and this opening track translates it perfectly. When it decides to let up, it drops the sonic heavy for lyrics that crush. I absolutely love the vocals on this track, as they set up the intro to a true tour-de-force of aggression so perfectly.



“Downfall”

It’s always nice to see a riff done differently. Too often in metal, you get a regurgitation of riffs. Especially in genres like deathcore and djent. This song continues the political leanings of the opening track. The song calls for a revolution, of standing up against those that hold the keys of oppression. It also breaks down into a softer interlude that comes awfully close to sounding a bit like Bring Me The Horizon before dropping right back into the bone-crushing heaviness.



“The Empty Hourglass”

When you understand the story behind this record, this song is POWERFUL. It can be considered guitarist Tom Searle's swan-song. The riff expands the djenty sound of this band once again, taking it a level that is both melodic and THICK. The drumming is key on this one as well. The double kick flows, stopping and starting with razor-blade precision. The song ends on a very simple but effective breakdown with an electronic atmospheric over-lay, again making it sound like a much more effective Bring Me The Horizon.



THERE YOU HAVE IT! #4 Architects-ALL OUR GODS HAVE ABANDONED US!

Miss #5 Opeth-Sorceress? Find it here!

http://razor947.com/index.php/Interactive/Blogs/Zach/R/2635