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Five tracks of unhinged doom metal is what ATMA, the sixth installment from the recently reformed Eugene. Oregon trio Yob delivers to the masses. Maintaining a trance-inducing slow-paced heaviness carried throughout each set of tortured howls and smoke-laced riffs, Yob doles out a foreboding array of crushing and voluminous rhythms kept intriguing by a fine-tuned sense of dynamics guiding the songs clear from the mires of redundancy (“Before We Dreamed of Two”). Anointed with a spiritual vibe that permeates from all points musically and vocally, Yob takes their metal down transcendental roads with a heavy hand and an open mind, resulting in the exhilarating display of passion conveyed via the fifty-five minute excursion that is ATMA.
- Mike SOS