Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance (2011)

The Atlas Moth are pretty new to the Sludge/Doom scene, having formed in 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. And An Ache For The Distance is only their second album to date. Don't let that misguide you, though. After hearing the the first track, "Coffin Varnish", you already get the sense the band puts full effort into crafting magnificent and original sounding songs. They don't just retread vintage Iommi riffs and sound like Sabbath clones. They add psychedelic atmospheres and a mix of blackened and clean vocals. And altogether managing to take their influences (musical and otherwise) and sound pretty unique for a genre that tends to sound like ginormous old dinosaurs trying make their way through a tar pit. Just listen to the youtube clip of "Coffin Varnish" below, and you'll hear what I mean.

Andrew - Synth/guitar
Anthony - Drums
Alex - Bass
Dave - Guitar/Vocals
Stavros - Guitar/Vocals

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