THE ATLAS MOTH
Setting their stall out with a piece of ambient noise, The Atlas Moth have served up a massive piece of sludge hardcore in this, their wonderfully titled album, 'A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky'. And yet, sonically, there are no patches of blue sky here; it's all muted greys and black rumblings. An aural thunderstorm no less. Mixing the likes of Cult of Luna, Corrosion of Conformity, and Isis seems an unusual idea, but it's surprising how refreshing this actually is. However, it's not an easy listen. The ambience, while fairly well executed, does start to tire after infecting almost every song. The vocals can start to get a bit of a noise too, which is probably intended, and serves to bring you out of the moment a little. Still, all of this is small matter when compared to the bulk of this momentous release. The production is nice and swampy, yet still crisp enough to identify each instrument clearly. Drop D tuning has rarely been used quite so effectively than here; the guitars texture the songs perfectly when needed, and riff like angry dogs at all the right moments. A brilliant piece of work that has to be heard to be fully appreciated. I suggest that you give it a try.
A GLORIFIED PIECE OF BLUE SKY
Review by Steve Cowan
21st Sept 2009
1) A Night In Venus' Arms...
2) A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky
3) Grey Wolves
4) Our Sun, Our Saviour
5) Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence
6) One Amongst The Wheat Fields
7) Jump Room To Orion
8) ...Leads To A Lifetime On Mercury
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"Drop D tuning has rarely been used quite so effectively than here; the guitars texture the songs perfectly when needed, and riff like angry dogs at all the right moments."