Architects announce UK tour and first album since guitarist Tom Searle’s death

The band will release their eighth album 'Holy Hell' later this year

Architects have announced a new tour and the release of their first album since the death of guitarist Tom Searle.

Searle died on August 20, 2016, following a three-year battle with cancer. He was 28 years old.

The Brighton-based band will release their eighth studio album ‘Holy Hell’ on November 9 via Epitaph Records. In a press release, the group’s drummer – and Searle’s twin brother – Dan said: “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.”

He added that the record, which was self-produced by himself and guitarist Josh Middleton, is “about pain; the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it.” “There is value in pain,” he said. “It’s where we learn, it’s where we grow.”

Architects have shared the first track from ‘Holy Hell’ in ‘Hereafter’. You can watch the Jeb Hardwick-directed video for it above. The full tracklist for ‘Holy Hell’ is as follows:

‘Death Is Not Defeat’
‘Hereafter’
‘Mortal After All’

‘Holy Hell’
‘Damnation’
‘Royal Beggars’
‘Modern Misery’
‘Dying To Heal’
‘The Seventh Circle’
‘Doomsday’
‘A Wasted Hymn’

The band have also confirmed details of their biggest ever UK and Europe tour, which will begin with a handful of dates in Russia and Ukraine in December before the main leg kicks off in January. Tickets for the UK shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday (September 14) and can be purchased here.

Architects will play:

December 2018
4 – St Petersburg, Russia                       A2

6 – Moscow, Russia                                  Adrenaline Stadium
8 – Kiev, Ukraine                                      Stereoplaza

January 2019
6 – Stockholm, Sweden                            Fryshuset Arenan
8 – Copenhagen, Denmark                     Vega
10 – Dusseldorf, Germany                      Mitsubishi-Electric-Halle
11 – Antwerp, Belgium                             Lotto Arena
12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands              AFAS Live
14 – Manchester, UK                                O2 Victoria Warehouse
17 – Glasgow, UK                                       O2 Academy
18 – Cardiff, UK                                         Motorpoint Arena
19 – London, UK                                        SSE Arena Wembley
21 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxexpo
22 – Lyon, France                                      Transbordeur
24 – Barcelona, Spain                              Razzmatazz
25 – Bilbao, Spain                                      Santana 27
27 – Paris, France                                      Olympia
28 – Zurich, Switzerland                        Halle 622
29 – Vienna, Austria                                 Gasometer
30 – Milan, Italy                                         Alcatraz
31 – Prague, Czech Republic                  Forum Karlin

February 2019
1 – Warsaw,                                                  Poland Stodola

2 – Leipzig, Germany                               Haus Auensee
3 – Offenbach, Germany                         Stadthalle
5 – Berlin, Germany                                 Verti Musc Hall
6 – Munich, Germany                              Zenith
8 – Hamburg, Germany                          Sporthalle

Last year, Architects frontman Sam Carter was praised for stopping the band’s show to call out a member of the audience who sexually assaulted a female fan.

The group were performing at Netherlands festival Lowlands when Carter witnessed the incident in the crowd. “I saw a girl, a woman, crowdsurfing over here and I’m not going to point the fucking piece of shit out that did it, but I saw you fucking grab at her boob,” he said. “I saw it. It is fucking disgusting and there is no fucking place for that shit. It is not your fucking body, it is not your fucking body and you do not fucking grab at someone. Not at my fucking show.”