And drummer Dan Searle admits the Brighton five-piece fear an all-too familiar backlash after honing their sound again to deliver the career-defining The Here And Now. Architects latest – and surely greatest – album has already won rave reviews across the board ahead of its January 24 release.
But the record sees the emphasis swing further towards melody and move a little further from metal – with Searle braced for the expected criticism.
“We’ve had a lot of people call us ‘sell-outs’ in the past because our sound keeps evolving,” he said. “It seems you can’t write a more melodic album without being branded sell-outs.
“I don’t understand why bands of a certain style aren’t allowed to make changes to their sound from album to album but it’s something we do and something we’ve always done.
“Sadly if a so-called metal band changes to become more melodic it’s seen as a crime in some people’s eyes. We’re ready for that criticism but we won’t change.”
Look out for a full and revealing interview with Dan here very soon!