Atriarch – An Unending Pathway – Relapse Records – Out Now.
Brought into existence in 2009 in Oregon in the USA, Atriarch are here to bring us their blend of all that is dark. Their mission is to free the world from all that is being called ‘normal’ these days, yet any sane man would call the opposite. Recently they graced us with their third offering “An Unending Pathway”.
Maxamillion – Drums
Brooks Blackhawk – Guitars
Lenny Smith – Vocals
Joe Wickstrom – Bass
An Unending Pathway
Opener “Entropy” really sets the mood for the album. You’re in for an occult-loving ride filled with darkness. The production really gives it a gloomy feel as well, with a 70s-like sound to it. I do have to note that while the ‘far-off’ vocals are cool and atmospheric at first they do get on my nerves after a while. They lose their impact now and then. And when that happens they add little and make it feel like it was more of a joke in the studio, rather than meant to lead the almost sacrilegious feel. Still, it’s only a small gripe, because the music is ace. To give an easy example; think Ghost, but way more occult and evil.
Long winding sections with a heavy drum beat giving a setting of a heretical gathering in “Collapse”, with the guitars and screams giving it a thrilling mood. Especially when it’s followed up with “Revenant” where it near the end sounds like the beast has been summoned!
Which leads us into a whole different side of the band, when “Bereavement” starts off with some classic black metal. Fully by the book, yet no less impactful. It really is a bit of a shame that the song sinks back to the slow doom rock, but it does make the impact of the battering near the end all the greater.
“Rot” is when the vocals started to grate on me a bit. The song is very atmospheric, yet it is quite long as well and I would say that the same goes for “Allfather”. Luckily the album ends pretty strong with “Veil”. There’s a bit more grandeur to this one and the album ends like a really good horror movie, with a lingering feel of evil.
Atriarch have released a good album for the lovers of occult-sounding rock/metal with a nice retro-feel to it. It starts off superbly, but does tend to drag on a bit nearing the end. Nonetheless it’s recommended stuff for the lovers of darkness!
Score: 3.7 out of 5
Text: Robert Popovic