The Atlas Moth
Coma Noir


4.5
superb

Review

by 0GuyMan0 USER (7 Reviews)
February 6th, 2018 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Though the album doesn't take any huge leaps forward in creativity it does masterfully execute that which The Atlas Moth has come to be known for.

With 2014's The Old Believer, Chicago's The Atlas Moth didn't quite seize the moment. Heads had been turned by their 2011 release An Ache For The Distance... which was nearly perfect in it's execution of groove, psychedelia and post metal. The Old Believer was unmistakably Atlas Moth-ian, and showed signs of maturity in lyricism and theme, but oft-meandering melodic sections without home run tracks like "Holes in the Desert" and "An Ache For The Distance" ended up holding the effort back from greatness. Coma Noir comes along nearly four years later with another dose of psychedelic post metal, though this time the effort is considerably more focused.

Opener "Coma Noir" wastes no time setting the pace with some High On Fire-esque riffage and vocalist Stavros Giannapoulos' patented shriek throughout. Given the spacey openers of the last two efforts, the song is quite a surprise to unsuspecting ears, especially the outstanding breakdown halfway through the track which is the first taste of classic Atlas dual guitar leads and keys. Decidedly more metal than past work, and running at a higher tempo, the eponymous track ends up being an effective opener with respect to the mood of the rest of the album. "Last Transmission..." keeps with the heaviness, though the star of the track ends up being the 80's-style synths which permeate verses and breakdowns alike. Guitarist / vocalist David Kush continues with the trend hinted at on An Ache... which came to fruition on The Old Believer, carrying as much of a vocal workload as Stavros. This is first displayed on "Galactic Brain", a welcome track for fans of An Ache.... The track's brooding riffs and moody leads, Stavros' increasingly intense shrieks and a hard, mid-tempo beat feel right at home after the aforementioned bangers. The band delves into near chaos with a mystifying end sequence nearly on par with the title track of An Ache, and ends up being one of the most memorable tracks included.

As the album reaches the halfway point with "Actual Human Blood" it becomes abundantly clear that The Atlas Moth have not only found their proverbial groove again, they appear to have fully blossomed into the beast they've been threatening to become since 2009's A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky. A bit of speed ended up being the perfect complement to the things that The Atlas Moth always had right, and several of the album's tracks run at a tempo that went previously unexplored. Even on tracks with eyebrow-raising oddities like "Smiling Knife", with it's jarring, uncomfortable verses, the band rights the ship by the end of the song via crafty leads or a heavy crescendo. Almost nothing feels out of place on Coma Noir, and the band clearly let their inner metalhead emerge on tracks like "Furious Gold". In classic Atlas Moth fashion, though, the signature swirling, psychedelic leads are never out of reach and do a wonderful job of tying the album together. Coma Noir's production is effective, eschewing the raw atmospheric blend of past releases for a more typical (though no less impressive) modern metal mix. Grooves hit harder and no element is left wanting.

Though the album doesn't take any huge leaps forward in creativity it does masterfully execute that which The Atlas Moth has come to be known for. In its worst moments, Coma Noir fits in with The Old Believer as comfortable, but ultimately unexciting. At best, the album is clawing at the heels of An Ache For The Distance... as the band's most listenable and enjoyable effort, and appears to be one of 2018's early heavyweights.



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0GuyMan0
February 6th 2018


1325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am a massive fan of this band. Hopefully this time around they get the attention they have deserved since 2011. Stavros' shrieks will completely turn many people off, and effectively place the band in a fairly exclusive niche, but I do feel like they have a lot to offer. Thanks for reading, if you did.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2018


8760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this streaming/out?

0GuyMan0
February 6th 2018


1325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's streaming here, from the band's Facebook page:



https://www.revolvermag.com/music/stream-atlas-moths-cult-inspired-post-metal-album-coma-noir-full

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2018


8760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like your review, echoes a few points I have about the album myself.



Opener "Coma Noir" explodes out the start with some High On Fire-esque riffage and vocalist Stavros Giannapoulos' patented shriek throughout.




Consider rewording? "Explodes out the start..."



Pos'd.

0GuyMan0
February 6th 2018


1325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah yes. Thanks.

el_newg
February 6th 2018


57 Comments


what the heck I didn't even know they had an album coming out

cristane
February 6th 2018


111 Comments


Listened to the first 3 songs. It was enough to convince me to buy it on Friday. The vocals will take some getting used to, but everything else makes up for it tenfold. AOTY contender for sure.

0GuyMan0
February 7th 2018


1325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The first 5 are knockouts.

JAV
February 8th 2018


2921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Getting this no question.

0GuyMan0
February 9th 2018


1325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wish there was a way for me to easily pick it up physically.

Dewinged
February 9th 2018


10536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The little I heard sounds really good. Will check.

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rabidkoala
February 9th 2018


3 Comments


I was kind of "meh" on The Old Believer after loving An Ache for the Distance. This one slaps. It's a perfect distillation of everything this band does well, without the overlong songs that made The Old Believer such a slog to get through.

2ndcoming
February 10th 2018


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is superb.

JAV
February 12th 2018


2921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"I wish there was a way for me to easily pick it up physically"



You enter your payment information and they ship it to you. Seems pretty easy...

Unless you're one of those I don't use credit cards people.

Hawks
February 12th 2018


57330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never jammed this band until now. This rules hard. m/

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Inveigh
February 13th 2018


26468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loved An Ache for the Distance. The Old Believer wasn't quite as good imo.. This more than makes up for it. slays for days m/

0GuyMan0
February 14th 2018


1325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Hawks check out An Ache for the Distance if you dig.

Hawks
February 14th 2018


57330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will do. m/

PistolPete
February 14th 2018


4737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really liking this, its groovy as fuck. I made sure to listen to Ache for a Distance before this...his vocals I found hard to get used to but here they didn't bother me as much.

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Dewinged
February 14th 2018


10536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Found this a little underwhelming in the end. The music is alright but it sounds really standard metal to me plus the shrieks didn't really help. Not a bad album but far from great.



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