The Atlas Moth – A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky (2009)


Is this Sludge/Stoner Metal month? I have reviewed more albums of these genres this month than in the last year or so. The Atlas Moth is a band from Chicago, Illinois and like I mentioned they play a blend of Sludge with Stoner Metal influences.

“A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky” features 50 minutes of music divided in 8 tracks that guarantee a very interesting delusional ride into the band’s mind. I must say that I really enjoy an album that flows nicely from aggressiveness into more trippy songs.

The atmosphere in this album is very dense and during the majority of the songs this atmosphere is created by the distorted guitars and the variety of vocal styles used in this album. The use of synth/samples here and there gives the music that extra dimension to make it stand out from the rest of the bands of these genres I’ve heard this year.

Like I said before this combination of genres is not my particular cup of tea, but The Atlas Moth have managed to create a very interesting sounding album that will take you a few listens to fully enjoy the complex layering of guitar melodies, vocals and drumming.

If you are a fan of Sludge or Stoner Metal, you will find this release to be one of the best of year. If you are an occasional listener you won’t be bored, since the album flows very nicely. I can’t wait to catch this band live when they play near, in order to see how the band presents this material in a live setting.

Band: The Atlas Moth Album: A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky
Label: Candlelight Records USA

Release: August 20, 2009

Official Site myspace
Genre: Sludge/Stoner Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 87/100

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