Britain’s Architects have announced their eighth studio album Holy Hell will arrive on November 9th via Epitaph Records. It will be the band’s first effort since the unfortunate passing of founding guitarist Tom Searle, who died shortly after the group released 2016’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us after losing a battle with cancer at the age of 28. It took the group six months to record 11 songs for the LP, which began during the Fall of 2017 through the Spring of this year. Today (12th) the group has premiered a video for the song “Hereafter,” which was directed by Jeb Hardwick.
Dan Searle, Tom’s twin brother/drummer commented about the album:
“For me, broadly speaking Holy Hell is about pain: the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it. There is value in pain. It’s where we learn, it’s where we grow.”
“In those first months after Tom’s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious. I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.
“Ultimately, there were two choices. Feel sorry for yourself, and believe the world to be a horrible place and let it defeat you. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live. I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences.”
Vocalist Sam Carter added:
“It’s at times like that you ask yourself, ‘What is left?’ As a group of friends, we had to find something.”
Watch the “Hereafter” clip below and pre-order Holy Hell here.
- Death Is Not Defeat
- Mortal After All
- Holy Hell
- Royal Beggars
- Modern Misery
- Dying To Heal
- The Seventh Circle
- A Wasted Hymn