Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From Atlantis cracks the "core" problem

From Atlantis (Sam Shapiro photo)

When a band is on a roll, best to let it do its thing. From Atlantis (which is from Providence, actually) released its debut full-length “Pedestals” in August but is already lining up a new record for the beginning of next year.

Not that there’s anything wrong with “Pedestals”; in fact, it’s a solid tear through the hardcore ‘n’ hooks sound, upending( here at least) the idea that the “-core” sound was played out. From Atlantis airs enough dynamic shifts and punches strong keyboard parts into the knotted sound to make “Pedestals” a raucous 30-minute, 10-song ride.

“We’re always listening to what we did or didn’t do with a song, and we’re eager to try things that we didn’t do and see what we’re capable of,” says From Atlantis singer Alex Mola about the push to keep pumping out tunes. “We all like different kinds of music and we work on how to incorporate it all.”

“Pedestals” for instance has traces of everything from death growls to melodic punk riffs. But it’s arranged more into a jackpot than junk heap, so even a purist of any one style may get tempted to check out the band’s mixed bag approach.

From Atlantis is part of the diverse Scream Fest concert happening Friday, Oct. 26, at the Eagles Club, 71 City Hall Ave., Gardner, MA, The show starts at 5 p.m. and also features WrenchNeck, Atlas, Elementalist, A Fury Divine, The Lost and Never Found, Marching On, and Life on Standby.

A simmering aggression holds together “Pedestal” as it courses through its stylistic turns. It’s all about mindset over material.

“I’m not a size that I’m going to get into fights, so I let it out with words,” Mola says. “In fact we’re all small dudes filled with rage. That’s why we come up with angry stuff.”

From Atlantis has been touring pretty steadily since the release of “Pedestals,” and that road work is feeding the demos now under way.

“We’ve seen how some things work better live and some work better on the record,” he says. “We want to find that balance of how to put both together.”

That should keep the band busy through a planned January or February release for new tunes. Then we’ll see where that leads.

Out and about, Halloween inspires some great shows this week, chief among them a two-night heavy metal “costume” event at Ralph’s Diner, 148 Grove St., Worcester, MA. The concept is simple: bands common to Ralph’s Metal Thursday schedule will be dressing as various heavy metal heroes, musically at least. On Friday, Oct. 26, Ancient Power will perform Spinal Tap songs; Rare Breed does Black Sabbath tunes; members of Seax and Gas Attack cover Black Flag; a crew from Ralph’s will take on Andrew W.K; and Rozamov conjures Electric Wizard. The following night, Oct. 27, Abnormality has a surprise to spring first; Panzerbastard, Nachzehrer, and Truman Highway knock out Corrosion of Conformity and Down tunes; Boarcorpse, Composted, and Useful Idiot cover Life of Agony; members of Soul Remnants, Sexcrement, Composted , Darkwor and Sacromancy deliver Six Feet Under; members of Deathamphetamine, Nachzehrer, and Vaettir play Gwar; and a team comprised of members of Faces of Bayon, Black Pyramid, Blood of the Gods, Engorged, and Blood Stone Sacrifice perform the music of Samhain. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

-16-, Tombs, Morne, Livver, and The Process are at the Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 25

Devil’s Feedback, Hope Before the Fall, Solanum, The Curse of Humanity, The River Neva, and Mechanical Process are at The Ruins at The Colosseum, 180 Pine St., Providence, R.I. on Friday, Oct. 26. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

The Deadites deliver their 16th annual Halloween show Saturday, Oct. 27,  at The Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St,. Worcester, MA.

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