Architects @ Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (Live Review)

Once a small, mildly popular British metal band playing in under 1000 capped rooms suddenly struck by disaster in the passing of founding member, songwriter and guitarist Tom Searle… Architects really know how to bounce back, with a #1 album and a huge UK arena tour including a sold out show in Manchester and an iconic final night in London’s renowned Wembley Arena.

First to the stage are Australian rockers Polaris. Being the first band on stage in a venue of this size, can be quite intimidating for some openers, but front man Jamie Hails took it with open arms and did a damn good job of it! These guys only have one full length which they released back in 2017; The Mortal Coil but present themselves in a live show like veterans and looked as though they gained some fans from their loud performance.

Next up were the much anticipated Beartooth, opening with single ‘Bad Listener’ from their brand new album Disease, which was one of my favorite albums of 2018. The guy’s also brought it back with tracks like ‘In Between’ and ‘The Lines’ from their debut album Disgusting, while finishing it off with new fan favorite, the self titled track from their new album ‘Disease’.

Finally, the main event of the evening! Architects took to the stage with brand new single ‘Death Is Not Defeat’ from the highly accredited, brand new album Holy Hell. The new album was a strong influence in their set list on this tour and rightly so after claiming the number 1 spot in Kerrang’s Readers Poll 2018 for best album, which says a lot considering the album was only released in November of that year!

With a lot of fan’s recently trying to influence Architects to play some tracks off older albums, we were only faced with ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ which the crowd seemed more than happy with! The pyro effects in the show were undeniably top class and the atmosphere and emotion in the room that night was indescribable. A track I wanted to hear live from Holy Hell was ‘The Seventh Circle’, the heaviest and shortest track on the album, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

A tribute to the late genius Tom Searle touched many hearts in the room, including my own, the lads rounded up with the ultra-popular track from Holy Hell, ‘Doomsday’, giving everyone a final chance to get loose if the hadn’t already, before heading home.

All Photos: Gareth Bull

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