Relapse debut and third record from Atriarch is an odd bird. First off, I like it. The mesmeric drone of “Entropy” evokes chant and reverb soaked presence to equal any spooky Slipknot intro or slow Sunn O))) w Attila Csihar deep ceremony. I am more into the chanting type vocals on this than the very Christian Death influenced Rozz Williams worship vocals (if only because, like A7X’s Hail To The King, they remind me too much of older classic songs I like better, for example). But “Collapse” breathes with terrific shifting drums Moonspell or The Cult fans could appreciate equally. There is a deranged charm to the vocal and unity in this song that owns the feeling coveted. Marching drums ring in “Revenant”, a more interesting song that bridges military black metal and noise rock influences with some tortured screams before drooping into a death shuffle. The patience of the slow bassline and sustained notes paired with sudden bursts of black metal drumming is worth the whole record alone.
Production throughout is killer. The doomy parts will up-end your world.
I want people to experience this record as a texture to itself and relate to it (or not). “Allfather” is a meditation with almost jazzy studiousness and a calm hovering sobriety that is either warm or foreboding. Nature and life lurk in these songs.