More so even than most “unconventional” metal bands, Portland, OR’s Atriarch resist categorization — the band’s suffocating sound primarily encompasses elements of doom, crust-punk, black metal, and goth, but it also frequently defies the conventions of all those genres. There’s not much stylistic overlap between Atriarch and their best-known regional counterparts, Agalloch, Wolves In The Throne Room, and YOB, except that all those acts embrace their music’s natural tendency toward spirituality and ritual. Atriarch produce a titanic, chaotic sound full of conflicting elements: romantic grandeur and survival-instinct violence; graffiti-covered concrete and Cascadian wilderness. The band’s excellent and haunting new album, Ritual Of Passing, is due at month’s end on Profound Lore, just in time for the long nights of late autumn, and they’re headed out on tour immediately afterward. Check out album highlight “Altruist,” as well as tour dates, below.

Atriarch tour dates:

11/09 – Idaho Falls, ID @ Waxhouse
11/10 – Denver, CO @ Aqualungs
11/11 – Kansas City, MO @ House Show
11/12 – Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
11/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Piss Haus
11/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Roboto
11/15 – Providence, RI @ Empire Theater
11/16 – Boston, MA @ TBA
11/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
11/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
11/19 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Bone Yard
11/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Side Bar
11/21 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Garden
11/23 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
11/24 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s Saloon
11/25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Syncro
11/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
11/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Boom Tomb Room

Ritual Of Passing is out 10/20 via Profound Lore.

Comments (2)
  1. Thanks for the increased coverage of harder edged generes on the Gum!

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