ARCHITECTS @ HOB ANAHEIM BY TALIA FARBER


Architects started out their tour in Anaheim, CA on April 26th and to a SUPER sold out show, nonetheless. I try to never miss any of their shows when they come out to the Los Angeles area, they’re such a pleasure to see live and they’re one of my top favorite metal bands out there. It’s so awesome to see how this band is growing and keeping on no only their legacy, but their past friend’s Tom’s legacy as well. Tom passed away a couple years ago and they still remain a band and continue on in his name which is very heartfelt. They constantly remind everyone that he’s the reason for their success and how much he was loved. I’m sure Tom is looking down on his friends and feeling proud of them 
They started out their set with “Death is Not Defeat”, one of the few songs written for Tom and how they hope to see him when they cross that line of death. All the songs are so poetic and I can’t even put into words how beautiful it is to hear these songs live. All of my friends started to sob and at no particular moment during the set, just due to how much love there was. When Sam stopped singing every fan started belting the lyrics at the top of their lungs. The energy in this sold out room was massive and was overflowing. I hate to say this because I love how intimate their shows have been the past few years, but this band is definitely outgrowing these small venues. They can pull off playing somewhere like the Wiltern in Los Angeles because I knew SO many people who wanted to go, but couldn’t find a ticket anywhere.  



They played tracks mostly off of Holy Hell and then some off of All Our Gods, and a big shocker was when they played, “These Colors Don’t Run” and that’s a song from Daybreaker back in 2013! I love how they did their best to incorporate songs from a little bit of everything. There are not many bands that will play such old songs when they have all the new material to perform. I hope they sell out more dates for this tour because this band is every bit deserving of whatever success comes their way.  

Setlist:
Death Is Not Defeat
Modern Misery
Nihilist 
Deathwish
Phantom Fear
Holy Hell
Royal Beggars
Gravedigger
Mortal After All
Downfall
Naysayer
These Colours Don't Run
A Match Made in Heaven
Hereafter

Encore:
Gone With The Wind
Doomsday

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