The Atlas Moth, “Collider”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 05.21.14 in Listen to This

The promise that Chicago art metal group The Atlas Moth displayed on 2011′s An Ache for the Distance is fulfilled in the forthcoming The Old Believer. A sprawling, visionary record, it balances moments of dark, brooding melancholy with fits of power and violence. It’s a stunner, vast in scope, and harrowing in tone. “Collider” is one of its more openly aggressive moments: it opens with a holler, before settling into a moody melodic passage, where icy piano twinkles beneath thick oceans of guitar. Throughout, the mood is turbulent, anxious, its restlessness made manifest in each slashing chord.