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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Profound Lore
  • ASIN: B005FKN9J4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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That's the rule book. At the bottom, in ruins. I'm just going to say it, y'know get it straight. The Atlas Moth are brilliant. I feel it needs to be said for any of you heavy music heads or metal fiends looking for something different, something diverse that side steps the genre trappings of doom or sludge or stoner by being kinda like all of them and not really that much like them at all. Metal has moved forward, it keeps moving forward and evolving. Interesting seeing as most of the best of todays metal seems more concerned with stripping back the layers and getting to the basic nature of man and existence. Regressing if you like.

Well yeah, primordial would be a good description for this band. It's prgressive and unique while retaining the basic raw spirit of all the best metal bands. Primordial doom. You see there you go, a new sub genre just like that. Getting to the point, three guitars, three layers of sound that shimmer and yield to new shapes and forms. The pace is slow, meticulously, carefully slow, planned to an inch of its life. Clean vocals that give a deceptively mainstream edge peel away to dual screams and chanting like blackened hell monks. Seriously, these guys bring it and after several playthroughs it gives more and more. I listen to loads of this doom type stuff, alot of it originating from America as they seem to do it well and these guys are up there with the best. The Atlas Moth are forging a new sound fashioned from the basic tenets of well established styles. Imagine the skill of Cephalic Carnage slowed right down and you'll be somewhere near to it. Best 'metal' album I've heard in a while truly. Plus there's a naked lady on the cover. Bonus.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91bc1a5c) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91bdae88) out of 5 stars Heavy Music circa 2011! 19 Oct. 2011
By brjoro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow, I am blown away by the Atlas Moth's sophmore release! This is the epitome of what makes underground metal so exciting these days, the mixing and melding of styles to create something new and unique. The Atlas Moth is grounded in stoner metal grooves, but there is way more going on here than just that. This is SO worthy of your time, open minded heavy music fans should definitely seek this out.

And let me rant for a minute about why the Internet is so good for underground music: I'm a 40 year old father of two, so not a lot of time to keep up on new music, other than reading blogs, listening to Spotify, Bandcamp, etc. So I read a number of blogs raving about this band, found that they had their whole cd streaming on bandcamp, and then after listening to it a few times, decided it was amazing and bought it! Obviously plenty of us would download for free, or just listen to it on bandcamp, but these tools are the best way for younger bands to get their music out there, and the ONLY way that someone like me, with a family and a full-time job, would possibly be able to keep up with and be exposed to new music!

Anyway, rant done. Go buy The Atlas Moth...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91bdaee8) out of 5 stars Purple Smoke of the Apocalypse 22 Sept. 2011
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Sophomore releases are tough. There's a lot at stake. Bands need to recapture the elements that caught their fans' ears with their first album while sallying forth in the name of progress, further forging their own unique sound. It's the delicate balance that makes Mastodon's Leviathan one of my favorites and Isis's Celestial one the least played albums in my library. Even though The released One Amongst the Weed Fields, an imaginative E.P. of covers, An Ache for the Distance is the true prize one which fans have had their eyes for the past two years.
Metal's obsession with sub-genres and sub-sub-genres is sometimes misleading. The Atlas Moth have made very clear their relationship with pot and its influence on their music. So, one might expect something along the lines of Chicago's Bongripper, Madison's Bongzilla, or the Bay area's almighty Sleep. While An Ache for the Distance delivers the groove that we all love about stoner metal, The have pushed past the mold into nightmare territory. As the cover art suggests, this album is layered with beautiful harmonies, unsettling sour notes, and mixed back vocals (my personal favorite production choice). Their experimentation with textures often plays well with slowed down riffs. Put together, it absolutely invigorating and utterly terrifying.
One thing that is a major steps up from their debut album, A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky, is the shortening, or total cutting, of the long synthesized intros to the songs. While I often find myself wanting the music to actually start with A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky, I find the abruptness of tracks like Coffin Varnish and Your Calm Waters a refreshing doubled fisted punch in the face with the word "doom" tattooed across the knuckles on one hand and "weed" across the other.
One of most amazing things about following a band through their career is hearing them get better at what they do. Take Tool's Opiate versus Lateralus, for example. It's difficult of even imagine their both by the same band. Though not as extreme of a case, you can tell that The Atlas Moth are getting better at their instruments and finding more confidence in their sound. An Ache for the Distance is a solid album full of the stuff we love about A Glorified Piece of Sky and a whole lot of new, interesting surprises.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926e02dc) out of 5 stars Beautiful, cold, brutal...catchy? 14 Mar. 2012
By Chad Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok, maybe not catchy...but definitely memorable. This record is every bit as cold, grim and dismal as any of your favorite black metal masterpieces, but it also compares favorably to many post-metal bands. Rather than ramble on with pointless adjectives, let me just drop some reference points that came up as I listened: Xasthur, Wolves in the Throne Room, Pelican, Isis, Neurosis. Also, I had the privilege of sharing a bill with these guys at Seattle's excellent Highline Bar. They're an intense live act. Well worth catching.
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91f6fdcc) out of 5 stars Intronaut and Rosetta Meets Loud 3 Oct. 2011
By Spaced Cadet - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very complex sound, not for those without an attuned ear to loud music. Otherwise it might make you retch or something. This album pretty much defies definition, except to say that Atlas Moth is worth the money Thus I am defining it as money well spent. Profound Lore Records is quickly becoming something powerful in the industry. Why? Because I say so. Albeit, I have no clue what these dual, overlapping singers are trying to convey in ideas. As in most loud music, like Metal, Like Aches for the Distance, the words are incomprehensible. And the album art lacks the lyrics, as in much metal. Full of bluster and skill is this one. Whereas Baroness has failed in it's endeavor to be percieved as an independent sound, Atlas Moth has been crowned. Let's not put this album anywhere near Tool's Lateralus, or I'll be forced to pull a Peter Griffin with Road House next to What Dreams May Come!
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