The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance

The Atlas Moth was one of the first bands I covered in Haunting The Chapel — via an interview with guitarist/vocalist Stavros Giannopolous (ex-Twilight). His Chicago crew deftly molds three guitars, bass, and drums (hammering psychedelic sludge, doom, post-rock) with a storm of clean, growling, blackened vocals to create a unique, moving take on lighter-lifter metal. The quintet’s 2009 debut Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky showed a ton of promise, their covers EP One Amongst The Weed Fields, a welcome sense of humor. The excellent sophomore collection An Ache For The Distance — one that features as many atmospheric layers and lifts as its predecessor, but more songwriting depth and details and additional wrinkles in pacing, coloration, and dynamics — should establish them as a force. (Hey, no more opening spots… These dudes are headliners.) Take a listen to the gorgeous opener “Coffin Varnish” and note the above artwork: It captures the album’s pretty, mysterious, sunsetting, kaleidoscopic feel.

An Ache For The Distance:

01 “Coffin Varnish”
02 “Perpetual Generations”
03 “Holes In The Desert”
04 “Gemini”
05 “An Ache For The Distance”
06 “25’s And The Royal Blues”
07 “Courage”
08 “Your Calm Waters”
09 “Horse Thieves”

An Ache For The Distance is out 9/20 via Profound Lore.

Comments (3)
  1. Listen, Brandon, you need to stop getting all these awesome track premieres, interviews, and announcements of new albums and stuff. You’re going to put all other metal blogs out of business!

    Awesome track, I could never really fully get into A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky, but this sounds a lot more up my alley. Looking forward to the album.

  2. First time I heard Atlas Moth was that cover of Failure on the One Amongst The Weed Fields EP. I thought that was brilliant. I really like this track too, and can’t wait to hear the entire album.

  3. “ex-Twilight”? Did I miss news about that band?

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