Holy Hell, Architects shine at Cannery Ballroom

Article + photos by Nick Zimmer



Venue: Cannery Ballroom

City: Nashville, TN

Date: May 9, 2019

Architects rolled through Nashville with their Holy Hell tour and brought along While She Sleeps and Thy Art is Murder. Having a small but stacked bill of international bands ensured that Cannery Ballroom would be packed with die hard fans of all of the bands and this night did not disappoint.

Starting the night off was Sheffield, England’s own While She Sleep. The band kicked off their set with “You Are We”, the opening track from their 2017 album by the same name, and instantly launched the crowd into a frenzy.

Their heavy, melodic approach to metalcore translates perfectly in a live setting. While only having a six song set, While She Sleeps made the most of their time and smashed through tracks from their last three records. You can hear their latest offering, SO WHAT? here.

Next up were Thy Art is Murder who absolutely crushed their set. Easily the heaviest band on the tour, these Sydney, Australia natives powered through 10 tracks spanning their discography including their newest track, “Human Target.”

Vocalist CJ McMahon’s growls were bone rattling, while the rest of the bands ferocity had the pit opening up and the crowd losing their minds. The intensity of Thy Art is Murder’s set definitely had expectations high for the evening’s final act, Architects.  


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It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to catch Architects live. In the time between, there has been loss, new records, and a lot of personal growth for the UK based band.

Opening their set with “Death Is Not Defeat”, the opening track to last years Holy Hell, Architects made it very clear that they have plenty left in them. The crowd participation was unparalleled to anything that was seen earlier in the night, and often drowned out vocalist Sam Carter’s screams.

While the set lacked material from their earlier records, the band’s performance flowed flawlessly. It’s apparent that Architects are focused on the present and planning for the future of the group. Do yourself a favor and catch Architects if they come anywhere near you this year and give Holy Hell a listen here.

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