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To mark the release of Architects latest album For Those That Wish To Exist, one of the country’s finest anchors in metal embarked on an intimate in size yet monstrous in impact tour, with new tracks meeting a cluster of anthemic cuts that have become classics for both the band and the genre.

With the majority of the set list torn directly from their newest project, I was worried that I would be missing the quintessential Architects experience, devoid of my favourite tracks, yet as soon Sam Carter and the band thundered onto the Boiler Shop stage, all apprehensions were struck from my system. Instantly the show span into an inferno of tight musicianship and pristine, emotively barbaric vocals. Turning the crowd immediately into animals, the thunderous riffs and pounding drums lit an inspired flame into each new track. With new and old hitting with matched velocity and intensity, the band jumped into each moment of the set with an empowering gusto and emotion.

Toying with the audience, Carter seemed incredibly relaxed throughout the show, joking about the recent falters of his beloved Manchester United. In these moments, Carter presented himself as an ordinary and affable man, and yet within seconds this candour would be replaced by the undeniable force of one of metal’s most dynamic voices and frontmen.

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