Atoma "Skylight"

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Atoma "Skylight"
  • Album: Skylight
  • Year: 2012
  • Label: NAPALM RECORDS
  • Artist: 
  • Sweden

I have been unconsciously listening to this album for over a month now...
I realize it has beautiful, bombastic, innovative things, but also elements I usually don't resonate with on such occasions... meaning that Vangelis+Bjork+Enigma atmosphere... it seems there is nothing Dark... and it really isn't any... but the synth's articulations are masterly, otherworldly... I don't think my ears have discovered that dreamy dimension in the last years... the way the music notes play on those keyboards, how they lead and envelop the whole sound... hmmm, it's sensational... yes, it's obvious we're speaking of the first essential pillar of the ATOMA sound: Atmospheric... then we have exploding guitars with riffs filled with energy that exceedingly molds on the keyboards' path... therefore we identify the second trademark pillar: Epic... if we closely go through the 10 songs again, we discover another essential landmark that outlines a digestible rhythm, at the border with mainstream: Melodic... there are Metal detriments but also Rock, even Post-Rock shades (the way the drums kick in), next to Experimental phases, many of them structured in Electronic or Ambiental dimensions but also cosmic shapes... or spatial ones, I don't even know how to define them, for the keyboard's echo dominates almost everything... 

I don't find the vocals being a predominant element, although the oriental insertions easily stand out from Ehsan's vocalizations and even have a certain charm... but we also find passages filled with candor, where the male vocals discreetly blend in with the female ones... ten different songs that are part of the same concept, with few links from the past (meaning without Doom Death directions from the previous project SLUMBER)... the 47 minutes raise us a new musical expression, so far unprecedented in this Metallic Underground that might not convince  easily the fans of harsh, conventional and classic sounds... but not quickly attracting the ones with soft tastes, for the sound is a massive one, oozing various energies, here and there exploding and hopeless...

But, for an audiophile open to novelty and various knowledge, "Skylight" might be that gate or teleportation to other worlds, totally unknown, that belonged until this moment to the SF field... therefore, Goodbye, Planet Earth...