The Old Believer - The Atlas Moth
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Chicago sludge rock band features guest appearances from Gojira’s Joe Duplantier as well as Subrosa violinists Kim Pack and Sarah Pendleton.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    80
    Chicago's The Atlas Moth have taken definite and deliberate steps to flesh out their wall of sound on album No. 3, accentuating their sludge roots with waves of psychedelic counterpoint. [Jul 2014, p.96]
  2. Jun 26, 2014
    80
    Guest appearances from Gojira’s Joe Duplantier and Subrosa violinists Sarah Pendleton and Kim Pack add extra nuance to an already dense masterpiece.
  3. Jun 26, 2014
    78
    The Old Believer exploits a unique balance of tuneful and brutal.
  4. Jun 26, 2014
    67
    The Atlas Moth hope to be heavy and heavenly, aggressive and accessible, to exist in worlds of light and dark simultaneously. In this instance, they wind up in the shadows of their own intentions, hidden in flat gray instead of beautiful white or harrowing black.
  5. Jul 17, 2014
    50
    The Old Believer feels like a creative plateau, all the more disappointing for the fact that the band’s last album left them standing on the cusp of what seemed like an even greater breakthrough.