Back in August 2016, Architects founding member and guitarist Tom Searle passed away after a three year battle with cancer. The band’s upcoming album will be the first without Searle and the band hopes to make an album he would have been proud of. The British band was featured on the cover of the latest issue of Metal Hammer and discussed writing lyrics and the direction of the album.
“I didn’t know what to do with myself, I suppose, but also part of me felt like I should really document what this feels like. Because at some point, everyone loses someone, and maybe other people would hear these words and it would resonate with them.
And if it’s then put into context of a record that’s documenting a whole year of grieving, maybe they could see that they might move into a space in their life where they feel more positive.”
“…We’ve had extraordinary circumstances for the last two records. And now we have different extraordinary circumstances for this record. I hope that we can turn what has been a very horrible experience into a great record that we’re proud of, but Tom would have been proud of as well.”
“I hope that people will find it helps them work through whatever pain they’re going through. I hope that it helps bring out a change in perspective on dealing with these things, and the fact you have to honor the discomfort and the suffering. Or you don’t move forward.”
This will definitely be an emotional album cycle for the band and we wish them the best.