This is a first for me since I have never reviewed a split before, but when given this proposition it was too good to neglect. So without further ado here's the West Coast collaboration of Alaric and Atriarch.
What they bring to the table is some very cool atmospheric yet demented and punishing music...in the best possible way! They're not super fast or brutal in their approach instead they opt for a mid-tempo range that allows their insanity to run free and I love it. When you think everything is good and calm they immediately change and you feel the craziness press you down while the demons in your head are escaping. All three songs almost works like a three-chapter story depicting a truly demented person's mental sufferings. Fantastic!
A great start to this split and I will definitely check out their self-titled debut that is already out on 20 Buck Spin.
I like their music but it took me longer to grasp it but that doesn't matter, sometimes it takes a while for a poor ruined mind like mine to comprehend things. As long as you grasp it whether it's good music or not. Atriarch are in my ears more adventuros than Alaric by stepping out of the box more and explore more avenues that will fit into their scheme of things. Maybe that's why it took the Swedebeast some time to understand the Oregonians.
Despite their common love for Killing Joke and doom both bands are two distinct entities and move within their own spheres. However working together on this spilt they connect so beautifully in all their respective insanity. There is such a fantastic flow through all the songs that keeps everything together even though the songs wants to explode and set free the madness!
20 Buck Spin released a beauty here and, even though its a 5-track split-LP, should be regarded in it's own right. The bands have created a beast that should be unleashed to the masses....although I strongly believe the masses would crumble and fall under the weight of this sonic onslaught of dementia. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!