Sometimes a band delivers an album that completely stumps me, and I don’t know what to think or even write about them. The Atlas Moth is one such band.
I’ve been listening to The Atlas Moth‘s new album, The Old Believer, for quite a while now, but have yet to be able to nail this thing of beauty down in my head. It’s so different from anything I have heard before. They meld sludge and stoner metal into one, then blacken it. I guess the best way to describe them would be Neurosis meet The Deftones, then they go hang with Kyuss. In employing two vocalists, Stavros Giannopoulos on death metal vocals and David Kush on clean vocals, The Atlas Moth create an aura in their music. They have undergone their share of personal tragedies since 2011’s An Ache for the Distance, all of which contribute to the lyrics in a huge way here. It’s depressing and a shot into the personal feelings of tragedy.
“Jet Black Passenger” is an incredible journey into a textured, swirling, psychedelic world that is The Atlas Moth, and it is the perfect album opener. “Collider” is a brooding, mass of a song that envelopes listeners. Giannopoulos’ vocals compliment Kush’s in a perfect blend of good versus evil. “The Sea Beyond” is more groovy, layering both vocalists on top of each other. “Halcyon Blvd” is my pick for best song here. It’s bluesy, heavy and trippy at the same time.
The Atlas Moth are all together different than most anything you hear this day and age, and that’s what makes them great. Their ability to texture their compositions and vocals is nothing short of brilliant. The Old Believer is a riff-heavy paradise.
The Old Believer is out now on Profound Lore Records.