Every once in a while, an album comes along that makes you sit up and question how a band can blend such ferociousness and anger with just the right amount of melody. Chicago five-piece The Atlas Moth achieves just that, successfully molding several genres together to manufacture a modern metal classic. Formed in 2007, the follow-up to debut album ‘A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky’ is an album you will be hearing a lot more about in 2012. Opener ‘Coffin Varnish’ sets the tone of the record, bursting forth like a caged animal that has just escaped its captor. The triple guitar attack of guitarists Ragin, Kush and Giannopoulos results in an astounding melodic wall of resonance. Like all good bands, The Atlas Moth posses a stellar rhythm section and the precise drumming of ex Von Venien sticks-man Anthony Mainiero shines brightest over the course of the record. ‘Perpetual Generations’ has a swagger that is reminiscent of load-era Metallica, whilst, ‘Holes in the Desert’ simmers perfectly, before reaching an altogether stirring crescendo of fury. Other stand out tracks include ‘Holes in the Desert’, ‘An Ache For The Distance’ and ‘Courage’. All in all a near perfect album, can’t wait for the next one!
August 17, 2012
The Atlas Moth – An Ache For The Distance – Review
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