On 20th August, 2016, Tom Searle, founding member of the Brighton-based metalcore band Architects, passed away, aged just 28. Unbeknownst to fans, he had been suffering from skin cancer the previous three years. It was hugely cruel blow, not only for friends and family, but for a band who had started to make some serious in-roads, their previous two albums, both top 20 affairs, were the result of hard work ever since he and his twin brother Dan formed Architects back in 2004.
When everything shatters, what then? What do you do when life deals you the cruelest, harshest hand? For Brighton’s Architects, it is a time to resist the darkness. To remember a bandmate, a brother, a twin. To honour him by channelling everything that made him and this band so powerful, and turn it into one of the most sensational, and important, heavy albums of this, or any other year. Out of the blackest night, cracks of light appear.
On 20th August, 2016, Architects’ guitarist Tom Searle died, following a three-year battle with cancer. He was only 28 years old. The Brighton band could have called it a day at that point, but instead they have admirably soldiered on, and will release their eighth studio album, Holy Hell, on 9th November.