Album Review

Atriarch / Alaric [coll] – [20 Buck Spin]

The Mole   4/21/2012   12-inch, A Library

Here is a 12″ split with Alaric/Atriarch from 20 Buck Spin that speaks of ancient spirits and dark souls awaiting a new arising. Side A gives us 3 tracks, a trilogy, from Alaric. Track one unfolds to tails of the anguish of lost battles, the continued struggle for victory and the relenting quest for freedom. The drum and bass presents itself as a reminder of the fight, persistent, strong. The vocals echo the voice of the lost in battle, the guitar screams for justice. Track 2 starts with the drum call to, again, another attempt, the final sack against the betrayer. Track 3 closes the scene with death, honorable, glorious darkness submerged in liquid for eternity. Flip the LP over and we find Atriarch with 2 tracks. This is a new view of who we are, and where we need to go. The drum and bass are same and the guitar still screams, but this time the vocals are raw and resurrected from the ashes of despair.


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