Towards Atlantis Lights - Dust of Aeons (2018)
Bringing together members from an
assortment of bands, including Void of Silence and Pantheist, the
group of Towards Atlantis Lights make their debut with this album and
its four tracks, and sound truly colossal in doing so. Hell, the
opening track (“The Bunker of Life”) is half an hour long, which
makes for a pretty big first impression, you know?
Naturally, the group takes its time
building things up over that duration, but it's not long before the
gothic guidance comes to the fore, with monastic vocal drones and
resonance to put you in mind of a massive pipe organ rising up from
the depths of doom. Growls and sprawling guitar riffs join the
affair, packing on the heaviness and adding some welcome complexity
to the proceedings. Ride along with the slow-moving power, don't
spend too much time breaking down the pieces, and you're in for a
doom experience to soak through your ears and into your bones.
Once they clear that monster of an
opener, it's on to the second half of the album, spread out over
three tracks. First of those is “Babylon's Hanging Gardens”,
which concentrates the vibes from the first thirty minutes into
something with a beat to which you can (slowly) head-bang.
“Alexandria's Library” moves from beat to tone studies, spilling
out its bass-lines at the speed of tar, coaxing out a mournful vocal
treatment to give you goosebumps, and drifting out on a delicate
twist of piano. That leads nicely into the final track, “Greeting
Mausolus' Tomb”, with its trembling string-pluckings and
clear-voiced dedication, before the swarming heat of the deeper
textures take over and death holds sway.
It's quite an experience, and while it
will probably put off those with a need for speed, the listeners
seeking some powerful doom metal should dig it, while the funeral
doom fans get chills. Set to drop on March 6th through
Transcending Obscurity Records, this is one to get your ears around
as soon as you can, as it'll take quite a while to fully digest.
For Fans Of; Bell Witch, Jesu,
Ksyatriya, Thergothon, Ufomammut