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The Atlas Moth - Coma Noir

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Coma Noir marks a series of firsts for The Atlas Moth; it's their first release for LA indie metal label, Prosthetic Records, it's the first to feature Mike Miczik (Broken Hope) on drums and it's the first time the band worked with an outside producer. On previous releases, the band's guitarist/vocalist, Andrew Ragin handled production duties but this time around. longtime friend, Sanford Parker (Eyehategod, Voivod) stepped in to steer the ship. An outside voice, one that the band was comfortable with, was key to channeling all the different elements the group brings to the table and keeping everything cohesive and concise.

The result has fashioned The Atlas Moth's finest album to date. While 2014's The Old Believer, saw the band gaze off into psychedelic realms throughout the album, Coma Noir is packed tightly with riffs and hooks. It's the bands most rocking album by far, though it's far from being a rock album. The interplay between vocalists Stavros Giannopoulos and David Kush has always been one of the band's most defining traits and the juxtaposition of the two singers here is as prevalent as it's always been.

The trippy/psychedelic interlude in "The Streets of Bombay," and the track, "Smiling Knife," shows the band's more experimental side hasn't left, while the album's closer, "Chloroform," is a dense, bluesy, powerful number, rivaling anything their peers down South have done. Of course, they inject their own flavor into the latter by bringing in friend and peer, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House) to lay down some saxophone wails to close it out.


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