Jerkka Perälä – Bass
Rami Peltola – Drums
Nico Brander – Guitars
V-V Laaksonen – Guitars
Jani Lamminpää – Vocals
4. The Unsung Lament Pt. I – Apparition
5. The Unsung Lament Pt. II – Silhouettes
6. Phoenix Trail
Post Metal is a genre I simply cannot make up my mind on – it’s one of those areas of music I can never decide whether or not I like it, and is one of the main reasons why I was completely unsure over “Woe Portrait,” the sophomore album from Finland’s Atlases.
I should state first, this is not a failure of a record at all, it is impressive on many levels and I came away thinking Atlases are a band of experienced musicians who will be wowing the metal world for years to come.
But, after listening through this record a few times, I felt there was something missing, something which wowed my mind the way other albums have done this year and before. The group open with some sombre notes and then some chords that make me see a melodic death metal influence on their sound, but the arrangement of these songs did not make my nerves tingle.
Post Metal, sadly, isn’t a genre I go out of my way to listen to, so I have myself to blame for being unable to remember a lot of this album, but I did not feel I hated it. Atlases may be aimed at a wholly different audience to mine – the kind who dig Finland for its contributions to black and symphonic metal.
The musicianship is technically impressive and is delivered with incredible prowess, and I believe this is a band to be enjoyed largely by other musicians. I would recommend Atlases to fans of progressive rock and metal, and those who love melodic and experimental death metal. The atmosphere is also strong on more than one track, so if you dig that sort of thing, check it out.
Once again, this is a review that gives the band and its fans the benefit of the doubt as I might not have been the right critic for the job.