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For Those That Wish To Exist

by Architects

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mydoghasnonose Architects progressing and getting stronger on melody. There is a ton of material on this album making it such a great slow burner. I can’t wait to see them live.... Favorite track: Impermanence (feat. Winston McCall).
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Proeliator After listening to the FFXIV Endwalker trailer for the 50,000th time in a few weeks, I had to give Sam Carter's band a try and this album was great! I'll be keeping an ear out for more!
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the jace93 Another amazing album, screw the haters on this one, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but you guys have really broken the cycle that bands get stuck in and once again made a album of pure art and meaning. I honestly feel like a more intelligent and open person listening to this album.
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1.
No tree can grow to heaven ’Til its roots reach down to hell Will we ever learn our lesson? We all fall in parallel Don’t bury the confession There’s a light behind the shell Do you dream of Armageddon Just to get yourself to heaven? We all fall in parallel
2.
Black Lungs 03:51
Do you cross your heart when you hope to die? Are you sleeping deep in the hurricane? IVs in the arm Forgetting to feel We’re crawling on all fours Will you fall on that sword at the second coming? You’re gonna taste the ash and dust ‘Cause this world is dying in our arms Now the wheels are turning What would you do to stay alive If the planet was burning? You wanna make your hell a reality? Black lungs for the young if they dare to breathe Sure sounds like heaven to me You’ve gotta cut the roots to kill the weeds No place to go if we don’t believe Good lord, it’s enough to plague a saint Give us a Judas steer we can deify Yeah, we all pretend we’re the renegades So wash us away Garroted by a halo Take a bow ‘Cause time’s running out There’s no doubt that the end is coming You’re gonna taste the ash You’re gonna taste the dust ‘Cause this world is dying in our arms Post love Post truth Justice lays bound and black bagged Ready for the guillotine We can all plead guilty when they ask ‘Where were you when the Gods clipped the wings of the Phoenix?’ They clipped the wings of the Phoenix When will we wrestle the world from the fools and their gold And their fucking covenant? We’ll be waiting Will enough be enough when we’re holding on for dear life?
3.
Giving Blood 03:32
The Gospel, distorted It leaves my blood running cold But still they say I’m rigging the ritual I never said that I was giving blood for the unbelievers Bleeding out like a devil in disguise They shot a hole in the parachute ‘Cause I’d rather feel alive It’s so convoluted They’re just trepanning for gold May they rest in peace ‘Cause they’re fucking dead to me Well there’s your eulogy The water’s polluted My feathers caught in the spill Nobody said that it would be safe up here Your salvation’s a letdown Oh I’m sorry that I’d rather feel I’d rather feel alive It leaves a mark on the mind It weaves a web in the background Silently No time to spare No sign of the exit wound God help me There’s no drying off Once you’re soaked right down to the bone Hopefully Somebody thinks of me in the aftermath Woe is me I’m so sorry I’m so sorry
4.
Oh, it just won’t calculate A prophecy with a twist Do you really think Christ was a capitalist? Every man for himself Let thy neighbour drown Amen So sing us a sad song So sing us to sleep ‘Cause we all dance around the carousel Chewing through our tongues Now discourse is dead Stood at the tip of the wing You’ve gotta watch where you tread Round up the ambivalent You mustn’t sit in the shade ‘Cause it’s blasphemous For one to abstain from hate We’re all sisters and brothers But if you’re one of the others Then fuck you So sing us a sad song So sing us to sleep ‘Cause we all dance around the carousel Chewing through our tongues Now discourse is dead So save me the sermon You all sound the same ‘Cause we all dance around the carousel Chewing through our tongues No common sense left in these empty heads Swimming towards the storm Two beating hearts Two poles apart Don’t look down Let thy neighbour drown Discourse is dead
5.
I wanna bother God I wanna feel the ground beneath my feet But I’ve got a smile full of broken teeth Goodbye All the doves have flown away I must’ve lost myself, lost myself, lost myself I know it’s not enough Why does defeat always taste so bittersweet I just wanna live and die in peace The flower that never blossoms is quickly forgotten It must be gold if it’s glistening I must’ve lost myself, lost myself, lost myself Goodbye All the doves have flown away I must’ve lost myself, lost myself, lost myself Fly high ‘Cause the ravens are here to stay I must’ve lost myself, lost myself, lost myself in a cloud of Dead butterflies
6.
Do you feel at home in limbo? Hiding a broken vow A phantom at the window Can you swallow the shame? Has your courage been burnt out? Faded away There won’t be a saviour in sight But it’s okay ‘Cause we’re comfortable We’re stood at the edge of the world Seize the snakes They’re living a lie Blinded by a candle They’re saying goodbye We’re stood at the edge of the world When the clock runs down to zero We’ll stand up and take a bow So quick to play the hero Are you fanning the flames? Are you torching the lighthouse? Stood in way Complicity burning so bright yet we delay Are you culpable? Seize the snakes They’re living a lie Blinded by a candle They’re saying goodbye We’re stood at the edge of the world Drag the lake When the water runs dry We’ll be slaves to the anchor The Devil may cry We’re stood at the edge of the world Nothing is holy We all take the blame Crumbling slowly The cliff face belongs to the ocean So run for your life Do you remember the tip of the spear? The edge of the knife? We’re freshly dismembered But won’t shed a tear So run for your life We’re fighting to stay alive How can we all survive? No second chances We’re stood at the edge of the world We’re fighting to stay alive
7.
We’ve got a choice but still we’d rather choose to suffer ‘Cause there’s no escape once the fuse is lit Locked in this pantheon Swimming with concrete shoes The reaper comes to take the best of you Can you see the writing on the wall? Impermanence There is a subtle space that we’ll all discover ‘Cause there is a seat reserved for the spirit Passing through one by one Riding a torpedo We wash away into the overflow Can you see the writing on the wall? We’re barricaded ‘Cause nobody wants to meet their maker The seeds are sewn then we die alone, we die alone Eviscerated We’re all players in a symphony That fights against impermanence Again and again and again Do you really wanna live forever? We are so lost staring into all the colour It hurts but reality is counterfeit We came from the beyond Living a cameo One final breath and then we split in two Can you see the writing on the wall? Even the doomed refuse We were born to lose Do you really wanna live forever? ‘Cause those afraid to die will never truly live They’ll never truly live
8.
There’s a rose that blooms Through the cracks in the concrete Staining the prison floor There’s a pilgrimage waiting Sat at the doorstep Rotting beneath the sun When there’s nowhere left to hide We’ll be searching for a shortcut Ire and denial are as thick as thieves Soon there’ll be nothing left of me Nothing left of me Don’t forget to breathe Don’t forget to breathe Don’t forget to breathe Tell me how to coexist When a fraction only wants war Hopelessly in love with our gritted teeth Soon there’ll be nothing left of me Nothing left of me Don’t forget to breathe I forgot to breathe And look who’s on the throne now A dead heretic With no storm left to weather Afraid to admit It won’t sustain the spirit A new counterfeit Like flight without feathers Ready to submit It won’t sustain the spirit So we fall to our knees And beg for reprieve But its almost time for the curtain call The apostles will sing And lead us from sin But they hold all of our bones in their hands We all swim against the tide Until it puts us on the back foot Nothing’s ever taste half as good as grief Soon there’ll be nothing left of me Nothing left of me Don’t forget to breathe Don’t forget to breathe Don’t forget to breathe ‘Cause I’m staring at a fist And it’s asking if I want more Clarity will visit but it’s only brief Soon there’ll be nothing left of me Nothing left of me Don’t forget to breathe Don’t forget to breathe Don’t forget to breathe
9.
Burn the alter built by the dollar sign Those waters are shallow That’s why the kids all say ‘Get the fuck out of our way’ ‘Cause we’re picking up the slack Taking power back Yeah, they made a bed out of our bones Said it’s all just overblown It doesn’t matter if you’re friend or if you’re foe Do you really think you wanna be saved? I wanna sing you a different song One that’s easier to swallow Everything is fucking fine We can dance we can all sing along We can say how we all wanna be saved But it’s easier to follow I wanna sing you a different song One that’s easier to swallow We all say that we wanna be saved But it’s easier to follow There are vultures preaching the party line Those goldmines are hallowed And if we look away then we’ll all have hell to pay So we cover up the tracks There’s no going back Yeah, I know that Rome was overthrown But it wasn’t done alone And you would think that we were better off below Were you hoping that the dead could be raised? If we miss the deadline we can always blame the Divine Gripping knives and praising lowlives Nobody could say with a straight face They didn’t have it coming They fucking had it coming
10.
Animals 04:04
I do my best but everything seems ominous Not feeling blessed, quite the opposite This shouldn’t feel so monotonous It never rains but it pours We’re just a bunch of fucking animals But we’re afraid of the outcome Don’t cry to me because the fiction that we’re living in Says I should pull the pin Should I just pull the pin? I dug my heels I thought that I could stop the rot The ground gave way Now I’ve lost the plot Fucked it again That was all I’ve got It never rains but it pours Life is just a dream within a…. Buried under dirt A diamond in the mud Infinity is waiting there ‘Cause nobody can burn a glass cathedral ….dream within a dream within a….
11.
Libertine 04:01
We are the rust worshipping the rain Can I believe in anything I’ve got a doubters mind But that don’t give me the rope It’s not enough So call the cavalry The cavalry God give me some hope ‘Cause I’ve been living in a deficit For so long…. Don’t turn the page ‘cause your blood’ll run cold Parting the seas isn’t free and it’s getting old You’re gonna choke when you drink from the fountain We are the rust worshipping the rain I’ve got a band aid on a bullet wound If I refuse to break through I can never lose There’s a trap at the peak of the mountain We are the rust worshipping the rain I’m so afraid of everything I think my courage died This is a slippy slope So lock the cuffs Because I’m powerless So powerless I just can’t cope ‘Cause I’ve been living in a deficit A libertine Stole the keys And drove this machine Without me It’s too much but its not enough So cold but I’m burning up I’m trying to swim But I’m treading water Its unclear but it’s obvious Three cheers for this emptiness I’m trying to swim Yeah, I’m trying I’m trying I’m trying I’m treading water ‘Cause I’ve been living in a deficit
12.
Don’t say we’re better off dead Soon we could be in remission I said ‘it’s not enough’ They told me ‘it’ll be fine’ ‘Happiness isn’t a crime son’ So pick your guts from the floor We’ll all be hanging a hero Praying for someone to save us Goliath says I oughta let it go Nobodies proving me wrong They’re all singing hallelujah Keep two eyes open ‘Cause jackals live by the candlelight We’ve got a mountain to climb But I ain’t got the permission They wanna call my bluff They said ‘you’re crossing the line’ I said ‘it takes one to know one’ Oh, please God be merciful ‘Cause they know not what they do We should be begging for more Nobodies proving me wrong They’re all singing hallelujah Keep two eyes open ‘Cause jackals live by the candlelight Bury your head in the sand Soon you’ll be feeling the fangs So sleep with two eyes open ‘Cause jackals live by the candlelight Long live the king that’s not listening No time for rats in the gutter Snakes coiling but we’re signalling Screaming at one another Smoke ‘em out and set a fire in the hive They wouldn’t break their stride if we were burning alive Burning alive
13.
Demi God 04:26
I think I’m missing a piece of the puzzle I could drown when I’m just stood in a puddle A jet black reservoir sits beneath these scars It’s all I’ve ever known Please applaud it’s good to know who’s below me I keep on preaching but I’m so phony holy I’ve been stuck on repeat But I’m ready I’m ready I’m ready It feels like a glass half empty Is more than I’ll ever have ‘Cause I’ve been fast asleep Standing still in a stampede I’m breaking my back But I’m still sinking like a stone Yeah, it’s all that I’ve ever known ‘Cause I’ve got nothing left And I’m still sinking like a stone I see the smoke but I don’t move a muscle Pretend I’m broken so you don’t burst my bubble I look up at the stars but don’t see so far It’s all I’ve ever known Can you spare me all of the ceremony Let’s not pretend because I don’t even know me I’ve been dead on my feet But I’m ready I’m ready I’m ready This is déjà vu But I’m a Demi God I must’ve forgot I’m a Demi God I always feel so blue But I’m a Demi God I must’ve forgot I’m a Demi God
14.
Meteor 04:01
This should be heavenly, heavenly Is there no remedy, remedy ‘Cause I’ve been baring blunt teeth I’m breathing heavily, heavily I see a legacy, legacy that’s sinking Oh, it beggars belief I’m standing beneath the meteor Disaster’s breaking down my door I should be moving mountains The arrow buckles in the bow They said it’s time to go to war Yeah, I’ve heard it all before I should be moving mountains But I’m like fire in the snow Bathing in gasoline, gasoline Living in quarantine, quarantine It’s colder in the furnace Nobodies evergreen, evergreen Stare at the murder scene, murder scene and focus On nothing but the surface Another God on the radio Says we’re stuck in a tailspin The pilots have vertigo They’re lost in the undertow The arrow buckles in the bow They said we pushed the last domino before the apocalypse We’ve all got a stone to throw Why? I will never know Yeah, we’re like fire in the, a fire in the snow But I’m like fire in the, a fire in the snow
15.
From the cradle to the grave Destined to break like the waves Existence is so threatening It takes a fierce grace to crack us open A moment sat with our sentencing And the light comes flooding in Oh, the light comes flooding in When the leaves fall in the spring May all the beggars be blessed Like angels with anhedonia We’re all just doing our best Repeating ‘there’s nothing left’ That’s why we weed out the wonderers Maybe there’s virtue in emptiness But I still drown in distress When the leaves fall in the spring With the ravens here to stay And the doves all flying away Sedation feels so welcoming In the subtle space there’s an endless ocean But the devils sing and it’s deafening What a world we’re living in Oh, we’re never listening When the leaves fall in the spring I’ve got a lot to lose But I won’t lie to you And make believe sincerity I’m praying for a remedy Beloved distant blue One day I’ll die for you And swim in sweet serenity ‘Cause death is not my enemy

about

For Those That Wish To Exist, the ninth studio record from England-based post-metalcore quintet Architects, is out now via Epitaph Records.

The self-produced record finds Architects tackling the biggest questions facing the future of our planet with their grandest, most expansive sonic offering yet building upon the band’s hallmark post-metalcore sound by layering a burgeoning influence of electronics and orchestral strings, horns and choirs. The result is a rich tapestry that transcends the limitations of genre and rewards exploration and immersion in its journey.

The record’s 15-tracks hang in a limbo between energizing positivity that it is not too late to correct our collective course and paralyzing negativity of defeatism; where hope and despondency are bed-fellows triggered daily by the simple act of existence. A reflection of the human condition, For Those That Wish To Exist calls for all of us to rise to challenge established models and strive for a collective betterment. Such concerns that have long been prevalent in the music of a band who have continually championed and shared their platform with causes such as Sea Shepherd, are outspoken critics of barbaric exercises such as fox hunting, and who focus on sustainability in everything from their touring to merch production.

credits

released February 26, 2021

Sam Carter - Vocals
Dan Searle - Drums & Keys
Josh Middleton - Guitars, Vocals & Keys
Alex Dean - Bass & Keys
Adam Christianson - Guitars

All songs written and performed by Architects
Lyrics by Dan Searle
Produced by Dan Searle
Co-Produced by Josh Middleton
Additional Production by Pete Miles
Mixed by Zakk Cervini
Drums Engineered by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood @ Middle Farm Studios
Vocals produced & engineered by Dan Searle @ Brighton Electric Studios

Additional vocals on ‘Impermanence’ by Winston McCall
Additional vocals on ‘Little Wonder’ by Mike Kerr
Additional vocals on ‘Goliath’ by Simon Neil

Choir, Strings & Piano engineered by Pete Miles @ Middle Farm Studios
Strings & Brass - Composed & Arranged by Simon Dobson

Strings performed by the Parallex Orchestra
Violins - Antonia Kesel & Will Harvey
Viola - Edward Bale
Cello - Tim Lowe
Double Bass - Alex Verster

Choir performed by Choir Noir
Aaron Douglas, Dean Forrest, Jack Hamilton, Rio Hellyer, Tia Kalmaru, Danny Le Prevost, Grace Lightman, Kat Marsh, Christina Maynard, Kate Pavli

Piano performed by Patrick J Pearson

Brass Engineered by Joachim Hejslet in Aalborg, Denmark @ Den Gamle Biograf
Trumpets - Tristan Button, Nicholai Andersen & Anders Farstad
Horns - Susanne Skou, Jari Kamsula, Ignacio Montero Requena & Palle Schou Nielsen
Trombones - Marek Stolarczyk, Fabrice Godin & Jens Vind

Additional vocals on Giving Blood, Discourse Is Dead & Libertine by Amélie Searle-Desbiens
Additional Drums on ‘Dying Is Absolutely Safe’ performed by Liam Kearley

Photography by Tom Welsh & Giles Smith
Layout by Nick Steinhardt

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