zaterdag 21 september 2013

Atlas - Demo


Atlas - Demo
Self released – 2013
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Doom
Rated: ****

Next up in the Scandinavian stoner pipeline? Atlas. A group whose impressive demo gives the listener strong whiffs of those early The Sword albums we loved so much.  While short, Atlas provide an introduction that will certainly bear keeping tabs on these lads. The demo is book-ended by two old-school, up-tempo stoner rock takes that are strengthened by a combo of propulsive drumming, turbo-charged Sabbath riffs and vocals that are pure, 21st century Ozzy. The middle track “Sleep” is an intriguing mix of sludge metal riffs, spoken word verses, psychedelic noodling, and searing guitar leads that if nothing else, prove Atlas are serious about their hard rock forte. Faint whiffs of early Sleep, and fellow countrymen Spiritual Beggars also permeate here. In All, Atlas are promising students in the Truckfighters University of Swedish rock and here’s to hoping they keep up their studies.

(Written by Matthew McGarity)



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