ATAVIST

Drone Metal / Sludge Metal / Metal Related / Death-Doom Metal • United Kingdom
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Atavist is a sludge / drone metal band from Manchester in England, formed in 2004.
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ATAVIST Atavist album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Atavist
Drone Metal 2006
ATAVIST II: Ruined album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
II: Ruined
Sludge Metal 2007
ATAVIST 12012291920 / 1414101 (with Nadja) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
12012291920 / 1414101 (with Nadja)
Drone Metal 2007
ATAVIST II: Points At Infinity (with Nadja) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
II: Points At Infinity (with Nadja)
Metal Related 2008
ATAVIST III: Absolution album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
III: Absolution
Death-Doom Metal 2020

ATAVIST EPs & splits

ATAVIST Alchemic Resurrection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alchemic Resurrection
Sludge Metal 2008
ATAVIST Infernal Procession... And Then Everything Dies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Infernal Procession... And Then Everything Dies
Sludge Metal 2008

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ATAVIST 31:38 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
31:38
Drone Metal 2005

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ATAVIST III: Absolution

Album · 2020 · Death-Doom Metal
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Kev Rowland
Atavist features Winterfylleth guitarist and vocalist, Chris Naughton, along with bassist Shane Ryan, drummer Callum Cox and vocalist Toby Bradshaw. They went on an extended hiatus after their second album, 2007’s ‘II: Ruined’, and it is only now that they have returned with their third, keeping the same line-up. They have been associated with many of the slower genres, and they are following the same musical path which will find people referring to this as doom, sludge, or drone, with all of them being correct at different times. This would give the impression that this is incredibly heavy, and while that is true there is also plenty of lightness and atmosphere. This has been enabled in no small part by the use of guest musicians Jo Quail on cello (Mono/My Dying Bride), Bianca Blezard on viola and violin (Winterfylleth) long with ARD keyboard player Mark Deeks (Winterfylleth).

There may be quite a few Winterfylleth musicians involved, but this is a very different musical beast indeed, although it still manages to capture much of the atmosphere that group is renowned for. This is dramatic, taking the listener on a journey in a drab, grey, fog-ridden world where all hope is lost, and melancholy is pervasive. The weight on the listener’s shoulders is immense, as we carry the load and trudge through the wilderness, surviving but not living. Yet there are times when the strings come through and add a lightness like a ray of sunlight, lifting the spirits and providing hope, only for them to be dashed again. It is the use of contrast which really makes this album stand out and give it real presence, with a cello both mournful and joyous, light yet heavy, strident yet soothing. Extreme experimental music will always be more confrontational and deliberately out of the mainstream, and those who don’t like to follow the well-trodden path of so many others yet look for new routes would do well to seek this out.

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