Label: Self Released
Release Date: May 11, 2012
Atomos is a Progressive Death Metal band from Jordan, founded by vocalist Rami Mattar in 2005. The band was immediately acclaimed by their audience for their new, unique and exciting sound. They soon took their place in the metal scene and quickly gained popularity through a combination of their extreme originals, as well as boisterously executed covers of popular metal songs.
By 2006 the band had released two singles that were very well received, which was just enough to energize them to produce the demo album Resurrection. In 2010 Anas Hatahet (guitarist) and Fouad Azar (bass) joined the band. Taking Resurrection as a foreshadowing influence, they created their latest album Lost in Another Dimension.
The band is a conglomeration of eclectic styles. Each member brings his personal passion to influence the collective output. Mazen Ayoub (drummer), for instance, is deeply interested in a speedy, but incisive illumination of Progressive Metal, whereas Mattar prefers the harsh and brutal sounds of Thrash and Death Metal. Hatahet on the other hand, is influenced by the ethnic melodies of Neo-Classical/Power Metal while Azar would be jamming to the classic tunes of Prog-Rock and Heavy Metal. These diversities have created a band with the ebullient spirit and determination to produce their album Lost in another Dimension and form a creative camaraderie known as Atomos.
To start off with, the album has a very warm sound. With a mix of heavy metal and thrash riffs along with some growls and at times the progressive patches that make Atomos a very unique band to say the least.
The first song “Hades”, is a unique thrashy heavy metal riff with ferocious growls, the song will be loved by old school metal enthusiasts. The sudden change of tempos in the middle of the song, the story telling guitar solos, all add up to the credits of the song. The only bad point of the song being the clean guitar section, where distorted backing wasn’t necessary and the drums felt a little out of touch at times.
“Atlantis” a song based on the lost kingdom of Atlantis and is a mediocre song to be frank. But the guitar solo changes the tempo with lots and lots of shredding involved. The rhythm guitars in the song are kept on a lower volume than the leads, which is clearly distinguishable during the guitar solo. The bass could have been given a little more exposure I felt.
Two songs with impressive drumming – “Book of Changes” and “Dimensions in Dementia”. Ayoub kills it with his double bass skills and tight drumming in the two totally different sounding songs. “Book of Changes” being a traditional Heavy Metal track while “Dimensions in Dementia” having a more gloomy sound.
Two songs based on two great men – “Gilgamesh” and “Seal of Solomon”. Gilgamesh was the legendary King of Uruk (modern-day Iraq) who is said to have ruled the world, his reign lasting for 126 years. The song is like a story of his life with the powerful chorus –
“I saw the great unknown … I created a world
I saw the future … What do you know
I am the one … Who rules with power…”
Portraying his great achievements. A pretty fast paced song, with lots of alternate picking and heavy-duty drumming all throughout. “Seal of Solomon” has a melodic-power metal feel to it, with a full on shredding guitar solo once again demanding attention to its impressive composition. The album also features an instrumental titled – “Isolated Mind”, which I felt was stretched a little too long.
It is an album loaded with a refreshing feel, a unique sound which I personally feel was missing in other albums I have heard recently. It’s also worth stating that this album gets better and better with each listen, I mean that in the literal sense, you discover more about it every time you put it on. Thumbs up for the drummer and guitarist for their parts. To sum it up, Lost in Another Dimension shows their coming of age from a band with potential to one that has what it takes to go very, very far.