Haunting The Chapel

The Atlas Moth – “Coffin Varnish” (Stereogum Premiere)

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.

The Atlas Moth – “Coffin Varnish”

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.