Architects Bring Doomsday to Mr. Smalls

Pittsburgh has already begun its concert season it seems with a wide variety of bands already heading in our direction, and one of the first shows for metalcore/hardcore fans was on the lovely Valentine’s Day this time around.  Needless to say the bands received a lot of love Wednesday night in Millvale for the first North American date for the English band Architects (UK) of 2018.  Joining them on their tour were Stick to your Guns and Counterparts. 


Architects have been through hell and back over the past couple of years since the passing of fellow bandmate and founder of the band, Tom Searle.  This left the band in quite the predicament (just as it did for Avenged Sevenfold when Jimmy “the Rev” Sullivan passed away), to either carry on with Tom’s legacy, or hang up their hats and head in a new direction.  The band was able to rejuvenate themselves, and carry on in honor of him.  Continuing to tour seems to have given them new purpose as well.  Watching their performance on Wednesday showed me that they are still very serious and plan to bring the best show they can to the stage.  Though not the most entertaining band to watch, Architects delivers a solid performance time and time again with their tight riffs and on point beats.  Most of their energy goes into their music rather than stage antics.  Though stage antics are fun to watch, sometimes it takes away from the music itself.


The setlist for the night was in a rather interesting order one would say.  Where most setlists start off fast, heavy, and energetic, it was more of medium pace start that gradually increased as the set went on.  Slow and steady wins the race right?  After thinking about it, the setlist was better that way because it always kept your attention and there was never a dull moment throughout the night.


Basically, the entire setlist for the night was from their latest two albums (Lost Forever // Lost Together and All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us) which also happened to be the most recognized from their discography.  “These Colours Don’t Run” from an older album was played towards the end of the night, plus their most popular song to date now, “Doomsday.”  “Doomsday” was released fairly recently, and was only released as a single that did not take long to sky rocket to the top of the charts.  It was also the last song they played before their encore, and it rips just as hard as the recorded track does.  It is by far the best song they’ve released to date for multiple reasons as well; take a listen and you will see what I mean.


The overall performance was spot on Wednesday.  As mentioned before, all though not the most entertaining band to watch for stage antics, the technicalities and musicianship is what will win over, most including myself.  Even for it being the first night of the tour, it went smooth as could be.  Also having the chance to witness Architects play live again was a blessing in disguise since most thought that last year was probably going to be their last tour… seems like we won’t have that worry anymore as they continue on with their journey.  It will also be most intriguing to see what direction they will be going in the near future for song writing and such.  Only time will tell, and we will be there when it happens.



  1. A Match Made in Heaven
  2. Downfall
  3. Naysayer
  4. Deathwish
  5. Broken Cross
  6. Dead Man Talking
  7. Gravity
  8. Phantom Fear
  9. The Devil is Near
  10. C.A.N.C.E.R.
  11. These Colours Don’t Run
  12. Gravedigger
  13. Doomsday


  1. Nihilist
  2. Gone With the Wind