Band : AtomA
Album title : Skylight
Label : Napalm Records
Distributor : Rough Trade Benelux – Tone Entertainment
Release date : 30/03/2012
Release : CD
AtomA are a new band from Sweden that describe themselves as an apocalyptic post rock/metal band. However, that's what the band calls themselves, because after listening to their first release, which goes by the name of Skylight, I would rather call the music they put forward futuristic with a too vast amount of different synthesizer pieces and a paper thin layer of metal tones. Don't get me wrong. I don't hate it. Quite the contrary: I love the idea and (some of) the songs.
Hole In The Sky must be the best example of what AtomA are all about. There are stunning, almost calming synthesizer pieces in a heavenly mixture with the guitars, including a wonderful combination of a pair of melancholic vocals.
However, it's a shame that this cannot be said of the succeeding tracks on Skylight. While reaching the tenth song, you seem to be losing grip of this album. The direction of some songs is rather unclear and it all sounds a bit the same. Beautiful soundtrack music, that's for sure, but for ten songs, AtomA will have to bring in a lot more variation if they want to continue this.