Local boys around these ‘here parts (Chicago, that is), THE ATLAS MOTH have been an interesting band to watch evolve over the past few years. Having attended one of their earliest live shows, I’ve seen and heard this triple-guitar war unit from almost the very beginning, and let me make one thing clear – THE ATLAS MOTH are not a band for everyone. They have a lot going on, and while there’s that whole sludge/blues/rock-of-doom thing happening, there’s an ambiance that surrounds the band in a way that Deftones used to have that certain extra… something.
From the Coffin Varnish that opens AN ACHE FOR THE DISTANCE (out today via Profound Lore), those familiar with the band will hear a noticeable refinement in production on a track that exudes pain in it’s vocal delivery against a backdrop of cinematic metallics. The epic soundscape continues throughout, rising to prevalence on the title track and Your Calm Waters. While the heavy guides the record, there’s sonic surprise to be had on Courage, a bass-driven number with production that recalls The Cure or The Smiths.
The Bottom Line: THE ATLAS MOTH consistently create interesting music that takes chances, and as a listener AN ACHE FOR THE DISTANCE is a chance worth taking.
Rating: 4/5 Stars