Saturday, August 26, 2023

REVIEW : ATLAS, Built To Last (Release date: October 20th, 2023, Metalapolis Records)

ATLAS is a Melodic Rock band from the North of England. When James Thorley (keys) founded the 5-piece back in 2017 the main idea was to create a band to play 80's AOR and Melodic Hard Rock. 

The band released their debut EP in the summer of 2017 and gained the interest from both of fans and music press. ATLAS began work on a full album at the start of 2018 and September 2018 saw the world-wide release of the debut album 'In Pursuit of Memory'. The second effort entitled "Parallel Love" was released in 2020. It followed on the success of previous releases and charted in Japan at #36. Both albums were heavily presented live on Europe’s stages with e.g. THE QUIREBOYS, ERIC MARTIN, FM, VEGA and BIG COUNTRY

So, nowadays ATLAS is ready to unleash its brand new opus entitled "Built To Last". The new effort will see the light of day this October through Metalapolis Records

The first highlight of the new record comes with "You're Not Alone"!! This is a really huge track all the way! It combines in such a perfect way the glory 80's hard rock scene with some modern elements of bands such as VEGA and WORK OF ART and the result is this amazing tune! The chorus is just PERFECT!!! "One More Night" and "Another Heartbreak" are both melodic, up-beat and awesome modern melodic rock gems while with "Just Like That" the band delivers yet another brilliant and very modern high-quality AOR track. In the trilogy "Chasing Portraits" (I, II & III) ATLAS showing off their DREAM THEATER influences!! The new album closes with the high-energetic and edgy tune of "Best Is Yet To Come".  

ATLAS with their brand new "Built To Last" comes to deliver one of this year's highlights!!! Excellent musicianship along with some killer tracks and there you have a release that combines perfectly the 80's melodic hard rock/AOR sound with an up-to date modern melodic rock sound and with some tasteful progressive touches for your ear pleasure! 

Songwritting : 9
Production : 9
Songs : 9
Musicianship : 9

Overall Rating : 9 / 10 

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