Between the folks over at Seventh Rule Recordings, who contacted me, saying “I’m pretty stoked on this release as I feel it compliments the Batillus release, but damn it’s also got a Goth feel to it,” and the band’s vocalist Lenny Smith who describes Atriarch as “a living entity comprised of four parts, offering catharsis through sonic ritual where there is no god, there is no devil; there is an all encompassing force that connects all living things,” you can get a decent feel for what this Portland quintet is all about.
However, because I always feel the need to be a wise ass, when asked, I described them as a band that based their sound on the free-form noise and satanic soliloquy between the backend of “Don’t Burn the Witch” and the “At War With Satan” preview on Venom’s Black Metal. Throw in a shit load of tar thick sludge, pitch black doom and an entire room of Thou fans slicing at their wrists with rusty straight razors and you’ve got their debut album, Forever the End.
Atriarch is comprised of members from Graves At Sea, Trees, Final Conflict, and Get Hustle and Forever the End was tracked in Portland with the help of William Holloway, then mixed and mastered by Greg Wilkinson (Ludicra, Asunder, Saviors) at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA. The album doesn’t actually come out until August 23rd, but the good’uns at Seventh Rule have provided the Deciblog with an exclusive stream of an album that’s destined to have even the perkiest of weather girls chewing on their tongues, cutting their flesh and worshipping Satan.
Atriarch – Forever the End by Decibel Magazine