20 Buck Spin
Both Alaric (Oakland California) and Atriarch (Portland Oregon) are heavy, dark bands that are bound to get comparisons to bands that are far removed from their hometowns. Killing Joke, Joy Division, Amebix and even Rudimentary Peni are sure to be the starting points. Both bands arrange anarcho-punk, post-punk, new wave and goth influences into an ominous sounding doom-fest.
The music is bleak enough without knowing the lyrics. Not sure I want to know the contents of the lyrics as the bands' music alone has achieved a level of precision that has the ability to bring the most cheerful to a mournful state. "Reflect and Transform" should be the warning label on this powerful, dark music.
Taken from Atriarch's website, "Our aim is to tear a hole in the veil that blinds us from our true selves. We are bombarded with ideals of a superficial shallow lifestyle, that we are enslaved to maintain. This veil, has become so powerful and overwhelming that we ignore our spirits to worship our shells, as money stokes the fires that burns our immortal souls."
Be careful in the dark,