Today, Pacific Northwest atmospheric death/doom alchemists, ATRIARCH, are pleased to unleash the video accompaniment to the suffering sounds of “Bereavement.” The crushing psalm comes by way of the band’s An Unending Pathway full-length. Released last Fall via Relapse Records, the haunting Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Melvins et al) – produced offering thrusts forth seven cataclysmic soundscapes made of cryptic atmospheres and droning floods of ceremonial sludge that fuse all the prime tenets of death rock, doom, black metal, post punk and psychedelic drone/noise, into something that is at once tempting and petrifying.
Offering true purification through sonic ritual, view ATRIARCH’s “Bereavement” clip, directed by Jay Winebrenner, at THIS LOCATION.
In related news, ATRIARCH will bring their sonic rumble to four California cities beginning tomorrow in Sacramento. The trek will include a special performance at Psycho California this Friday alongside Cult Of Luna, Eyehategod, Russian Circles and more with additional onstage trauma to be announced in the weeks to come.
5/13/2015 Starlite – Sacramento, CA w/ Samothrace
5/14/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Black Mare
5/15/2015 Psycho California – Santa Ana, CA w/ Cult Of Luna, Eyehategod, Russian Circles, more…
5/16/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Lycus
“ATRIARCH plunder influences in a way that funnels a decades-long continuum of collective misery into 40 malevolent minutes.” – Pitchfork
“An Unending Path is through and through a bleak experience. Like a funeral procession the album plunders forth. Tracks like ‘Collapse’ blister slow and cool with an air of solitude and abandonment that are fully metal but never corrosive. Instead the band exercises a sense of control around their mood, never letting themselves slip too far into madness but begging you peer into the abyss.” – Metal Injection
“…marauding riffs, tortured vocal incantations, and an overall sense of crush that exists in an alternate universe where getting your head crumpled in a vice is orgasmic. An Unending Pathway is mandatory Halloween listening and one of the last great albums of 2014.” – Invisible Oranges
“Pulling from Christian Death’s antipathy toward humanity, black-metal tropes and Eastern music, the Portland metal band casts an album of familiar sources. But the way it combines these sundry forms manages to be utterly enthralling.’ – Willamette Weekly
“There’s a lurching, ritualistic feel to the proceedings, and a dire hopelessness in the vocals that doesn’t let up for a moment. It’s death rock that ODs on death… The end result is as dark and eerily atmospheric as an abandoned graveyard at midnight.” – Noisey