Metal Hammer (UK)


Three months after Tom Searle’s death, Architects rallied to play an emotional show at Brixton Academy


Architects were on a high after the release of 2016’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us; with a well-received set at Download and their biggest ever UK tour on the horizon, it felt like Brighton’s finest were on a roll. Then, in August, the metal world was rocked by the news that guitarist Tom Searle had passed away after battling cancer. Most bands would struggle to find the will to carry on, but Architects are made of something stronger. Bringing in Sylosis guitarist and close friend

Josh Middleton, the band honoured their planned dates. On November 18, Architects stepped onto the stage at London’s Brixton Academy for their biggest headline show to date, playing one of the most emotionall­y charged sets in recent memory. Vocalist Sam Carter clearly had to draw from new reserves of strength to sing the words that his friend had left him, giving the performanc­e a different kind of rawness that saw many in the crowd screaming along with tears streaming down their faces.

As drummer Dan Searle, Tom’s twin brother, bravely addressed the crowd, the release of grief from everyone was palpable, clear evidence of what Tom meant to so many. To put into context how special a night it was, that same night across the city, the tiny House Of Vans played host to none other than Metallica, the biggest metal band of them all. Years later, those who were at Brixton Academy that night know they witnessed the definitive set of that evening, and perhaps that whole year.

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