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Atlas (UK) - 2017 World In Motion [ep]

ARTIST: Atlas (UK)
ALBUM: World In Motion [ep]
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Craig Wells - vocals * Howie Little - guitars * John Moss - guitars * James Thorley - keyboards, percussion, drums * Christian Redfearn - bass, rhythm guitars

Additional Musicians: Sam Millar - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Change Of Heart * 02 Alexandria * 03 Cross The Line * 04 Lost In The Moment

WEBLINKS: Bandcamp Page | FB Page

A new band on our hard rock horizon are the Manchester based five-piece called Atlas. Their brand new four-track EP 'World In Motion' was released last week, and they've been putting the word out on all the social media haunts. The cover art is quite lovely, and at first glance, you might be associating this as a progressive rock band. Good guess, but not quite. Yes, there are some progressive touches, but so too some jazzy stretches, technical metal and of course it's given a tortilla of melodic rock and at a pinch - some AOR too.

The Songs
Their Bandcamp bio namedrops bands such as Toto, Journey, W.E.T, Work of Art and Eclipse. They even mention prog icons including Genesis, Rush and Dream Theater. All can be heard within the context of their four songs, which weaves an intricate and sometimes complex melodic tapestry. Singer Craig Wells attacks these songs with a powerful delivery and high pitch, dual guitars are moulded for both rhythm and lead work, while the keyboards are the glue which holds things together - from my perspective. A percussive and piano introduction opens the EP for 'Change Of Heart'. Craig Wells has this Chris Ousey styled voice going on. This track keeps within the melodic rock framework quite nicely. 'Alexandria' features some nifty synth work from James Thorley, whereas 'Cross The Line' is probably Atlas at their most melodic, and in keeping with the attributes most associated with melodic rock. The near six minute 'Lost In The Moment' takes the band into prog rock territory. Piano led mostly, with some fast paced rhythm guitar work a la Work Of Art, then some change-up guitar noodling that would give a bloke like Guthrie Govan a run for his money.

In Summary
There are many variances throughout. If anything, it is the piano and synth work of James Thorley that brings things back into the middle ground. The dual guitar work of Howie Little and John Moss could potentially take the band way out into metal territory, judging by the solo work evident here. A good announcement for this young English band, we look forward to their progress over the coming months. Check them out on their Bandcamp page.

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#1 | Nick C on September 04 2017 05:34:15
Wow, at first I thought this was an Atticus Fault review when I looked at the small images on the home page, the cover shows strong similarities to their Bombs Cannot Wake release. Nice seeing a young UK band flying the flag though.
#2 | gdazegod on September 04 2017 07:30:27
From your neck of the woods Nick. Thumbs Up
#3 | gdazegod on October 22 2017 01:04:32
Here you go:
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