It’s that time of year again for arbitrary lists of really great albums that were released since the last time I did one of these things. Contributing to my absolute burnout of writing about kick ass metal bands, I can not think of another year where there were just so damn many stellar records released. I simply had to say fuck it, step back, and enjoy the great stuff I already had. Sure, I missed out on some great stuff, but on the other hand, all killer no filler. To try to make up for the insane amount of great albums this year I’ve expanded my usual 10 to 15 and will have an honorable mentions post sometime in the near future. I hope you find yourself something cool to listen to with this list or at least nod in agreement with some of my picks. Thanks for reading, sticking with AMSOM, and being awesome and stuff. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Do you see the brilliant spheres?
This night knows countless years.
You step out onto your porch, gaze up, and look right through histories upon histories in the universe. Yet, you are here, glaring into a majesty you can’t even begin to comprehend. You look into infinite space, you see stars that haven’t existed for millions of years, planets that have come and gone, and bygone times you never knew or would have imagined existed. And you are here. You feel small, but unwittingly fulfilled that you are part of it all, whatever it is. You are part of that history, that energy, that existence that just maybe some other being is gazing of towards. You look down, across the cityscape, into trees, over to your dog, or to where ever your Earthly abode is and you feel a loving connection; gratitude to where your feet ground you. You are happy to be alive and given the chance to ponder and appreciate, to feel pain and loss, to experience love and life. You look back up and feel one.
For me, trying to describe the objective sound or style found on The Old Believer would be doing The Atlas Moth a huge disservice. I could say the record calls to mind White Pony-era Deftones with heavy black metal and post metal influences, but it’s so much more than that. I could say textures and layers of music paired with intriguing and introspective lyrics create journeys through the human and celestial mind and soul. I could say that visceral (and very understandable) blackened screams running in tandem with a beautiful baritone clean singing as well as layer upon layer of ominous keys, melodic and crushing guitars, thick grooved bass, and hypnotizing drum all work perfectly together to create a marrow chilling dynamic. I could say this album just about brought me to tears. But no. I’m just going to shut my mouth and implore you to take my word for it that this record needs to be in your collection and in your ears as soon as possible. I’ll just leave you with another sample lyric that hit me particularly. Peace Love and Metal! 5/5
To become whole I must first fall
The sky is the only one who knows how
To assemble the pieces like before
Eruption leads to rebirth
Just let go
The Old Believer is out June 10th 2014 through Profound Lore Records. You can order through their site to get the super cool physical CD (you dip the cover in water and it changes!!!) or go digital through Bandcamp. Give The Atlas Moth a ‘Like’ on Facebook and if you didn’t take my suggestion to listen to the advance stream the other day, here ya’ go.
I was lucky enough to have an early work day and see that The Atlas Moth were streaming an advance stream of their upcoming album The Old Believer courtesy of Pitchfork. That was about 4 hours ago, I haven’t stopped listening since. O’ what a lucky day it’s been!!!
I loved their previous release An Ache for the Distance, and damn, not to downplay that release, but this blows that out of the water in every regard. From songwriting to performance to production The Old Believer is a massive improvement and maturation in every sense.
If you happen to dig on bands like Isis, The Ocean, Cormorant, and other proggy post metal bands and haven’t heard of or bypassed The Atlas Moth before, here is your chance to redeem yourself.
The Old Believer is out next week (June 10th, 2014) through Profound Lore Records (USA, EU, and ROW orders can be made through Profound Lore, if you just want digital, check the bands Bandcamp page). If you are a fan of cool physical CD formats make sure you grab this on CD. You can dip it in water and the artwork changes 🙂
This weeks full album steam comes from The Atlas Moth and it’s their recently released An Ache for the Distance. I’m quite taken by this album. The sound is grandiose, doomish, psychedelic, and apocalyptic. While the music will have you treading through the sludge with it’s slow brooding pace and southern riffing there are plenty moments of melody and light breaking through the darkened forest of sound. If you find yourself enjoying bands such as Agalloch and Isis you really want to do yourself a favor and give this album a listen, and if you are not familiar with those bands, still give this one a show, heck, it’s free and a real good listen. I am quite taken with it and am enjoying it more and more with each listen(I should have a review up sooner than later). Click the album art to go to the stream. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!