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Album Review: ATRIARCH – “Dead As Truth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:52 AM (PST)

Gloomy and introspective yet contrarily heavy and distorted tribal extroverts Atriarch spread their black wings on the timely monickered Dead As Truth (Pre Order from Relapse HERE). Imagine some of the barren dirge of older My Dying Bride if filtered through a West Coast penchant for organic punk and extreme metal scene history, harsher vocals and crescendos to match bands like Intronaut and Inter Arma (albeit with a much more sinister dynamic to the dynamics).

Dead As Truth could have been a two song with the opening crusher “Inferno” (one of the most compelling pieces yet from the group) and the almost Death Rock meets New Order by way of Rudimentary Peni sounding bassline genius of single length “Dead”. These songs are going to make the band really able to flex their muscle and range live in a way that I bet will be hard to ignore. Atriarch have refined their sense of dirge here while audibly coming together more as a unit. Their past work is great but there are certain jaw dropping moments of synergy here. 1:50 or so into “Dead” when the sheets of melting glass noise solo starts and into the next, more subdued nest verse is a key example, the band treating each section with respect and then exploding into the next heavy section due to the emotional weight of it all rather than for heavy style points.

These kind of tricks, authentic reaction versus trying to be “brootal”, makes this band or Deafheaven or even older bands in very different modes like the early stuff from The Used or Blood Brothers more interesting at times than some of their peers past and present in that whatever you say about the band’s various sub-genres or career preferences, you can’t deny they are/were feeling it.

“Devolver” is ok but kills the pace a little bit. The song is like banging an anvil with a sledgehammer and that is certainly awesome. Maybe it is because I chilled out with a joint before really digging into it. I am sure it will clobber with a certain early Swans/ Neubauten brutishness live. It isn’t bad just les original than the two songs before it which managed to subvert expectations while tipping the cap to predecessors.

Whatever your take away from this record, if you didn’t know the band’s earliest stuff you will still as a newer fan be stoked that the group are able to match the quality of “Bereavement” and prove their staying power. Check out “Inferno” for a song that uses the space of the intro to cast a thick spell, like clinging to a buoy in a foggy night as ghosts, regrets and the vague outlines of ships and memories pass you in the lonely night. The song conjures personal hells quite literally and would almost give Neurosis a run for their money in places. I am glad “Inferno” was a single because you won’t forget it and the song absolutely punishes. Some people might not like the growled spoken vocal style in the verses, but I think it works very well.

The record streets on August 11th and is an eye opening, ear bleed inducing morass of knotted emotion, leaving you feeling like old tree roots, tight in the shoulders and tired but braced to endure. You’ll likely wonder at impermanence and the things we can and cannot change about others and yourself.

 

Atriarch announce ‘Dead As Truth’ album, premiere song

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 4:02 PM (PST)

Dark metallers Atriarch return with their latest album this year, a sure to be moving and moody outing called Dead As Truth.

Listen to the opening track, “Inferno” from Dead As Truth via YouTube, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp plus all streaming services.

Dead As Truth is set for release on August 11th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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Guitarist/warlord of the night Jeff Wilson sometimes hits me up with tour news or to shoot the shit. It’s always good to talk the dude as he is a musician who does a lot of things on his own terms. Jeff, in the future, you don’t have to politely ask me to post stuff. Your music is way better than a lot of crap I’ve written about, so just send me tour dates and say ,”here ya go, fucker” and they will soon appear on this site in slim hope that more people will read them then the uptick in traffic we get when we post about stupid mallcore shit (less often, since I am doing the majority of the writing around here now…hahaha). I have a lot more respect for Jeff’s music and so will post about that instead of Five Finger Death Punch in hopes that when I get to Hell the devil will grant me a flaming key of blackened pitch to my own little burnt gingerbread house as a reward and while other bloggers must listen to Falling In Reverse forever I will thankfully get a sip of the river of forgetfulness and that actual Hell on Earth will be erased from my musical memory banks.

Wolvhammer are better than about 99% of the metal bands in the world right now and the other 1% are their peers. Likewise Atriarch. These are two of the bleaker but more truthful acts out there, bands you can lean on in lean times to get you through ugly shit. This is not jock jam metal, bright day at a festival shove mosh metal or idiotic hard choreography repressed homosexual mook metal. This is hit the bottom and come back stronger than ever, vomiting shadows on fake people, elephant in the room, ugly ass Satan metal that actually matters and can save lives.

Says Jeff: After a bit of a live hiatus this year due to cancellation, migration, inebriation and the lot; I’m really stoked to get back out on the road with Wolvhammer in December. We’ve got big plans for this one, playing songs from the entire discography, some never performed before. With our most crushing live lineup to date and the ever flawless Atriarch in tow, this run of dates on the west coast is not to be missed.

If you haven’t heard Crawling Into Black Sun  yet or An Unending Pathway, you are an asshole.

Wolvhammer / Atriarch Desanctifying North America Pt. 2 dates BELOW.

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Album Review: Atriarch – An Unending Pathway

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM (PST)

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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.

Preorder An Unending Pathway on CD HERE, via iTunes (which includes an instant download of “Collapse”) HERE or via BandCamp HERE.

Cover Art Battle: Circles, Squares, & Pyramids

Posted by JDKleinhans on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 8:07 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

Another week, more album cover art to discover. New bands. Tenured bands. Enough shenanigans. Time for you to go and vote.

That is all.

Don’t forget to like us on our Facebook page to stay up to date on this and future Cover Art Battles and look through our gallery of past winners with comments from the bands.

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Video: Alaric – “Weep”

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM (PST)

Alaric has released a new music video for their song “Weep” off of their split LP with Atriarch on 20 Buck Spin.

To see the full video click here.

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Cover Art Battle: City of Wolves and Blood

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

May continues with more stunning albums and album cover art. You, my fellow heathens and cretins, once again have an opportunity to vote your asses off. So get going and cast both your ballots here!

***WINNER*** Alaric & Atriarch – Split (20 Buck Spin)

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Alaric and Atriarch streaming entire upcoming split LP

Posted by Fireball13 on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:38 AM (PST)

California dark anarcho punk band Alaric and Oregon’s death/doom metallers Atriarch are set to release their upcoming split LP on May 15th via 20 Buck Spin. The LP features three new tracks from Alaric on the A-side and two new tracks from Atriarch on the B-side.

You don’t have to wait till the LP is released to give it a listen though. The bands are streaming their entire LP right here.

Alaric’s latest album was their self-titled LP which was released in October 2011 via 20 Buck Spin. Atriarch’s latest album was their debut LP Forever The End which was released in 2011 via Seventh Rule.

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Alaric and Atriarch Announce Split LP Set For Release Via 20 Buck Spin

Posted by JDKleinhans on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM (PST)

This week the riffmongers at Washington-based 20 Buck Spin have confirmed the release of a split LP between Oakland’s anarcho death rock outfit Alaric and Portland’s blackened death/doom unit Atriarch this spring. Set for worldwide release on April 17th, the split offers three new Alaric tracks on the A-side and two from Atriarch on the B-side, making for nearly a half hour of brand new material as both bands are diligently crafting their next full-length releases for later this year.

Get the track listing, trailers for both Atriarch’s (“Oblivion”) and Alaric’s (“Weep”) contributions to the split, along with the full size cover artwork, hand-drawn by notorious SF Sludge metal photographer Bryan Proteau, right here.

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