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Atlas At Last
Washington, DC, United States of America
"Some bands are content to explore the same sounds until they implode upon themselves. These bands are remembered as consistent and reliable, and turn in some veritable classics. Bad Religion is one of those bands, and I fucking love Bad Religion. But other bands are more exploratory, changing and evolving their sound over multiple releases. Fugazi is one of those bands, so is Bomb the Music Industry!, and hey, I love those bands too. Atlas At Last has joined the ranks of the exploratory, drinking in influences from outside genres and beginning construction on a storied and interesting catalog.
<br>Atlas At Last’s debut self-titled was a riveting take on emo, post-hardcore, and melodic punk. The pieces fit together in a way that made me wonder how this sound hadn’t ever existed. Part Avail, part Fugazi, and part Rites of Spring– it was as emotional as it was explosive, all reigned in with impressive musicianship throughout. A Composition Of Functions is a continuation of that in a lot of ways, and if it weren’t any more than that, it’d still be impressive. But here they go further with their sound, pushing into the realm of screamo and black metal (in varying degrees of subtlety) along with a new sense of performance to supplement their chaos."
<br>-Carson Winter, Dying Scene