Atriarch are a band from Portland, Oregon that plays a style of doom/death metal that also brings in elements of sludge, black metal, death rock, punk, psychedelic, drone and noise and this is a review of their 2014 album "An Unending Pathway" which will be released on October 28th by Relapse Records.
A very dark and ambient orientated ritualistic drone starts off the album along with some whispered vocals and a few seconds later clean playing and drums start to find their way onto the recording along with some spoken word parts which evolve into melodic goth rock singing after awhile along with some melodic guitar riffing.
Once death and black metal vocals are added into the music the album starts to go into more of a heavier musical direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the band also mixes their gothic side in with the heavier material which also starts to incorporate more elements of sludge metal as the album progresses.
One of the later tracks shows the band adding in some fast and raw elements of black metal along with some blast beats for a few seconds before making a return to a slower doom orientated sound and one of the later tracks also shows the band bringing in a couple of long and epic song that also brings back clean playing into the bands musical sound .
Atriarch bring s in a lot of different musical styles ranging from death rock, psychedelic, sludge and a touch of black metal to create some music that is very dark and ritualistic sounding, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Atriarch and if you are a fan of doom/death metal with elements of sludge, black metal, death rock, punk, psychedelic, drone and noise and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Entropy" "Bereavment" and "Veil". 8 out of 10.