Architects have released “Hereafter,” taken from their new album Holy Hell, out November 9.
The British metalcore group have never been known for restraint, but this single paints a particularly raw portrait of carrying on in the wake of loss—namely, the death of Tom Searle, who was the band’s founding guitarist and one of its principal songwriters. He was also drummer Dan Searle’s twin brother.
“Now the oceans have drained out / Can I come up for air? / ’Cause I’ve been learning to live without / And I’m fighting with broken bones,” frontman Sam Carter roars on the chorus.
Tom Searle died in August 2016 after struggling with cancer. “In those first months after Tom’s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious,” Dan said in a press release. “I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.”
Holy Hell is about pain, but also about the “value in pain,” Dan said. “[Pain] is where we learn, it’s where we grow.”
“I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album,” he added. “I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences.”
“Hereafter”’s music video depicts the band playing their hearts out in an apocalyptic setting, where extreme winds sweep humans up into a turbulent sky.
Watch the clip below: