Full Length, Seventh Rule Records
August 23, 2011
Genre: Sludge/Doom Metal
"Atriarch is a living entity comprised of four parts, offering catharsis through sonic ritual."
From the west coast of the USA and comprised of members from Graves At Sea, Trees, Final Conflict, and Get Hustle, Atriarch offer up four long tracks on their first release. They're labeled as Doom/Death Rock which would give one the impression of Death 'n Roll — what you hear is quite the opposite. This is slow, negative, lumbering and atmospheric. Atriarch have a sound that reminds me of a much slower A Storm of Light or Thou.
The vocals are impressive and a big part of the sound alternating between ritualistic Josh Graham-esque droning, doomy growls, and raspy and torturous screaming (ala Thou). There's a subtle gothic/symphonic element throughout with perfect use of keyboards that really drive the gloomy atmosphere up, along side solid drumming and big, muddy, droning, psychedelic riffs on bass and guitar. Well written, well paced and heavy in all respects. If you want a taste of Forever The End you can check it out in full here and here.
Fans of A Storm of Light, Dispirit, Thou, Buried At Sea, Trees, Anhedonist, Warning, Thrones, etc. will certainly enjoy this. In 320 (new links).