South East London based post hardcore newcomers Atlas have their EP out “ This Ghostly Place ” that they have self-released. These guys have been going since early 2016 consisting of members Jack Birch, Michael Edwards, James Mason, Erim Ahmet and Sahib Dhinsa. Since they have entered the scene the guys have been playing shows regularly around the U.K. and steadily building upon the foundations they’ve built, creating their own style, direction and sound.
The EP ” This Ghostly Place ” is six tracks of post hardcore, ambient inducing, smooth rocking. Opening with the track ” She ” which is an emotional journey of a song that starts with a melodic intro that crashes into a heavier chorus, bringing a massive sound and depth to they’re music that the band are well known for. This goes into the track “ No Excuse ” which instrumentally is strong with plenty of melody and feels, but the vocals are slightly weaker on this track and doesn’t quite fit the song. It would be great to see the vocalist catching more of a melody at times making the sounds really come to life especially during some of the more clean parts where much isn’t happening instrumentally.
The track ” Open Wounds ” is a more upbeat song reminding us of Bring Me The Horizon with its grittier vocal style and chuggy accompanying riffs. This song also has some cool lead parts and makes you want to trash your room whilst shouting at the world. Definitely the heaviest track on this EP and gets a thumbs us from us.
The last two songs on ” This Ghostly Place ” are quite different from the rest of the EP. With ” Waves ” having an almost The Verve style and feel to this song and having an overall very British defining sound to it which is always pleasant to hear with the band staying to roots influenced here at home. This leads on to our favourite track, always leaving the best until last… The song “ Closure ” starts off with a mellow ambient intro and a beautiful undertone of female vocals layered with lo-fi style vocals delivered in a spoken word style before hitting the slow post hardcore sound that filled with the emotion and essence that is Atlas.
Overall this is a great debut from the guys with a an awesome foundation to work from and are very interested to see how they’re sound will progress and develop. You can check the guys on Facebook and their EP is available on Bandcamp now.
Ambient goodness infused with metal and rock riffs