"Lost Forever // Lost Together", the new album from British metallers ARCHITECTS, has entered the official U.K. chart at position No. 16.
Said the band in a statement: "Thank you so much to everyone who picked up [the new CD] in this past week — not just in the UK but all over the world.
"For us to get our first Top 20 album on our sixth album is a bizarre but amazing thing to happen — we've never even had a Top 40 album before!
"We have been a band for 10 years and toured relentlessly but we've never experienced a week like the one that's just passed. It's been an amazing and surreal experience and it's not something that we've taken for granted. Everyone's support has meant the world to us!!! Now it's time to tour the world a couple times over…"
"Lost Forever // Lost Together" was released in North America on March 11 via Epitaph Records. The CD was made available in Australia through UNFD and in Canada via New Damage Records.
After writing demos on their successful run on Vans Warped Tour 2013, ARCHITECTS (whose lineup includes chief songwriter Tom Searle on guitar/keyboards, his twin brother Dan on drums, Sam Carter on lead vocals, and Alex Dean on bass) took to Studio Fredman in the Swedish city of Gothenburg in the middle of the sunlight-starved winter. Working with producers Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd (both known for their work with BRING ME THE HORIZON and chosen largely because "we've always been big fans of how massive their records sound," according to Sam), ARCHITECTS spent a month living in the studio so that they could record whenever inspiration hit.
On "Lost Forever // Lost Together", the band artfully weaves in ambient elements that sometimes verge on gauzy and dreamlike. Take the instrumental "Red Hypergiant" that threads a sample of voiceover from a Carl Sagan film through an oceanic wall of sound, for example, while the album-closing "Distant Blue" starts out as a snarling, lead-heavy epic and then unfolds into spacey ethereality. Fans will notice the band deepen their blend of brutal, thundering metal and melody-spiked hardcore with heavier riffs and intricate arrangements inspired by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, and even artists unlikely such as SIGUR ROS. With lyrical content delving into everything from the Fukushima nuclear disaster to Tom's recent bout with skin cancer, "Lost Forever // Lost Together" artfully delivers an emotional charge that's both devastating and glorious.
As for the album title, ARCHITECTS borrowed a lyric from the track "Youth Is Wasted OnTthe Young". As Tom Searle poignantly states, "We're all lost. Everyone's just trying to find their place, and hopefully we'll all get there eventually."
"Lost Forever // Lost Together" track listing:
03. Broken Cross
04. The Devil Is Near
05. Dead Man Talking
06. Red Hypergiant
08. Colony Collapse
09. Castles In The Air
10. Youth Is Wasted On The Young
11. The Distant Blue