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Ghosts Of Atlantis - 3​.​6​.​2​.​4 (2021) - Review

Band: Ghosts Of Atlantis
Album title: 3​.​6​.​2​.​4
Release date: 26 March 2021
Label: Black Lion Records
Genre: Symphonic Metal, Black Metal, Progressive Metal

01. The Third Pillar
02. Halls Of Lemuria
03. False Prophet
04. The Curse Of Man
05. When Tridents Fall
06. Poseidon's Bow
07. Gardens Of Athena
08. The Lost Compass

A new name, Ghosts Of Atlantis, emerges from the deepest and darkest corners of Suffolk (UK), home of the sonic witcheries like Cradle Of Filth and Devilment to name just two, to bring some spectacular extreme music that is enthusing and bewitching. Even though Ghosts Of Atlantis is a new name in the scene, the members are well-known veterans from the bands like Devilment, Failed Humanity, The Conflict Within and Cold Lazarus. The music on this debut album is a unique and explosive mix of extreme metal, symphonic metal, black metal, progressive metal, gothic metal, and more. The album titled with the riddle 3​.​6​.​2​.​4 (the band wants you to figure out the meaning if you can) doesn't leave much space to take some deep breath.

As soon as the killer of the song "The Third Pillar" kicks off, you know that this is something special. Devastating rhythms, otherworldly symphonic arrangements, complex sonic structures adorned with captivating vocals, great guitar melodies and leads, with one hell of an haunting but lush atmosphere nails down the listener and doesn't let go that easily. The songs are intense and full of cinematic ambiences, spiced up with some oriental vibes, and one of a kind harsh/clean vocal duets, yet enriched with a plentitude of choirs. It seems that the right chemistry is here, and this band is one of the most interesting new acts in the extreme metal scene today.

Of course that you'll find elements that remind to Devilment and Cradle Of Filth since the main songwriter is guitarist and back vocalist Colin Parks (Devilment), especially in the songs like "The Curse Of Man" or "False Prophet". But in general Ghosts Of Atlantis will appeal more to the fans of bands like Dimmu Borgir, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Carach Angren and even Therion. It is impressive how hypnotic are soundscapes, and myth-inspired lyrics which interestingly and carefully make relevance to the world of today, are masterfully crafted. Ghosts Of Atlantis encapsulate all that is dark, brooding yet macabre and welcomes into the fantasy world of the myths of Atlantis.

All of the songs are throughout dense, with thick rhythmic lines and catchy melodies, and the right balance between harsh guttural and evocative clean vocals, yet enriched with some poetic spoken words and ethereal female choirs, you simply need to listen to how perfectly this works out in "The Third Pillar", "When Tridents Fall" or "The Lost Compass". The suspenseful and dramatic song structures have a captivating drive and deviant mystical ambience filled with majestic sonic destruction. The speeding progressive symphonic metal madness called "Gardens Of Athena" is a true example of this band's versatile creativity, it brings forth elements of death and cinematic metal that will oddly enough make happy even those of you who fancy fantasy-driven power metal.

3​.​6​.​2​.​4 is bold and full of creativity metal album, a true discovery. The production is good, but I think that it's more appropriate for some kind of a technical thrash and death metal. There could be a bit more depth, so this way, the symphonic and dark elements could be even more prominent. Nevertheless, it works out fine and doesn't ruin almost anything. Ghosts Of Atlantis did a memorable album that will leave you wanting for more. I can easily say that 3​.​6​.​2​.​4 is one of the best albums released in 2021 so far in the extreme metal fields. You certainly don't want to miss this dramatic, mystical and magical metal grandeur.

The review was written by Tomaz
Rating: 9/10


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