In support of their November-released eighth album, Holy Hell, UK heavyweights Architects will hit Australia this year for a string of headline shows. 

Kicking off this August, the metalcore outfit will perform in Adelaide, Brisbane (the first-ever gig to be announced at the forthcoming Fortitude Music Hall), Sydney and Melbourne. 

Holy Hell, which peaked at #8 in Australia and #1 on the UK Rock & Metal Albums chart, was the band's first since the passing of founding guitarist, Tom Searle.

 “In those first months after Tom’s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious,” drummer and twin brother, Dan Searle said.

 “I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.

“Ultimately, there were two choices: Feel sorry for yourself and believe the world to be a horrible place and let it defeat you. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live. I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences.”

Tickets for all Australian shows go on sale from 10am this Wednesday (13 February); for a look at all of the dates and venues, click on theGuide or scroll down.

Thebarton Theatre, Torrensville
Fortitude Music Hall, Fortitude Valley
Big Top Sydney, Milsons Point
Festival Hall, West Melbourne