Distributor/Label: Sludgelord Records
Buy Album: https://thesludgelord.bandcamp.com/album/tribe-of-suns
Band Website: https://archelonuk.bandcamp.com/
Drums, Percussion & vocals | TJ Fairfax
Guitars, Percussion & vocals | Stew Geddes
Guitars & vocals | Craig Paul
Guitars & vocals | Jon Reynolds
- Man Is An Artifact
- Tribe Of Suns
- A Dried Ocean
- Hollow Gloom
- The River
Archelon have brought out their first full length album after a couple of EPs and some changes in the lineup to boot. The band have also teamed up with Sludgelord Records to release ‘Tribe Of Suns’, a seven track piece of uneasy power where post metal meets sludge and atmosphere meets concrete.
As mentioned, several lineup changes have occurred in the last three years, with the band bringing in a new bass player in Ed Taylor and two new guitarists in Stew Geddes and Jon Reynolds at differing stages. The band appear to have gelled rather well in this period, building and building, adding more pieces where required to make the best uniformed group for the task at hand.
Musically, there has been a great deal of attention to detail made by the band, as things are very well structured with precision used to create and maintain the atmosphere. The mix is well done with all levels coming through well enough for what they were aiming for. And what were they aiming for? Some pretty bleak but stoic atmospheres as the sludge elements give force to the more spacious and teetering melodies which balance themselves on an uncomfortable edge. This is whilst the listener waits for the ground to disappear from his feet below. Songs like ‘Hollow Gloom’ add a much darker sound as the stress causes fractures which inevitably is crushed by the weight of it all.
There is a darker slant on most of the ambience throughout, although we get some variances like in the more up tempo title track of the album. All in all it is not bad at all and has many plaudits, but it doesn’t set much of a precedent as a debut. On first listen I wasn’t all too intrigued as I thought “great, another post metal band” but it did grow on me listen after listen. Still, it wouldn’t be something that I personally would go out my way for but there is definitely a market for what Archelon have in ‘Tribe Of Suns”.