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The Atlas Moth

The Old Believer (Profound Lore)

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., June 27, 2014

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The Atlas Moth

The Old Believer (Profound Lore)

Graceful and powerful, Chicago's Atlas Moth hones its sweeping art metal to its finest point yet on The Old Believer. The songs ebb and flow, cruising like lava down a volcano side, burning mournful melodies directly into the earth. Guitarists Stavros Giannopoulos and David Kush trade licks and vocals, Kush's heart-on-sleeve baritone contrasting Giannopoulos' agonized screams. The Moth crushes hearts in "Wynona" and "Jet Black Passenger," reassembling in "Sacred Vine" and "Halcyon Blvd." The Old Believer exploits a unique balance of tuneful and brutal.

***.5

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