“I wish to speak to you today about the tragedy of Europe.” So begins the speech sample from English PM Sir Winston Churchill that begins “Twelve Stars And An Azure Gown (An Anthem For Europa),” the fifth track on the new ATLANTEAN KODEX LP, The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth). Indeed the entire concept of Germany’s ATLANTEAN KODEX is expressly European in nature; from the classically influenced melodies, to the lyrics and concepts that inspire the towering, grandiose heaviness of the songs, on through the band’s use of German Romantic Caspar David Friedrich’s “Monk by the Sea” as cover art.
Continuing on from the band’s previous album, 2010’s universally-praised The Golden Bough, ATLANTEAN KODEX has built upon their sound to achieve an album like no other released in 2013. Many bands and labels lay claim to the word “epic” to describe a particular band’s sound but on The White Goddess, their name becomes synonymous with the term in a way very bands ever manage. Drawing from traditional heavy metal, doom and Norse metal influences, The White Goddess achieves the bands strongest songwriting, lyrics, vocal performance and production yet, already nearly without equal on their previous LP. Unequivocally The White Goddess is the best pure heavy metal record of 2013.
Self-described as falling somewhere between Twilight of the Gods-era Bathory, early Ross The Boss-era Manowar and other classic US bands like Fates Warning, Cirith Ungol and Warlord, ATLANTEAN KODEX retains a singular modernity and heaviness via their incredible production and recording technique, and through singer Markus Becker, who has the naturally blessed pipes to rival the best heavy metal vocalists past or present. There is no irony or pretense going on in their music; ATLANTEAN KODEX play deeply reverent and devoted metal with an emphasis on superior, timeless songcraft.
20 Buck Spin is very proud to present this monument of true heavy metal, representing ATLANTEAN KODEX‘s first officially-manufactured North American release; a collection of perhaps the most memorable songs ever released by the label. The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth) will see stateside release on CD on October 1st, with the mammoth 2xLP version to follow shortly after. Outside of North America, Germany’s VÃ¡n Records will disburse the vinyl edition while Italy’s Cruz Del Sur will handle the CD release.
Stay tuned for further international release and tour updates on ATLANTEAN KODEX throughout the remainder of 2013 and beyond.
The White Goddess (A Grammar Of Poetic Myth) Track Listing:
I. Trumpets of Doggerland (There were Giants in the Earth in those Days)
II. Sol Invictus (With Faith and Fire)
III. Bilwis (Sorcery and Witchcraft in Eastern Bavaria)
IV. Heresiarch (Thousandfaced Moon)
V. Twelve Stars and an Azure Gown (An Anthem for Europa)
VI. Der Untergang der Stadt Passau (Flaming Sword of the Watcher)
VII. Enthroned in Clouds and Fire (The Great Cleansing)
VIII. White Goddess unveiled (Crown of the Sephiroth)