ATALA - Labyrinth of Ashmedai CD (Cardsleeve)

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Even so, Labyrinth of Ashmedai, with its cover art by Stratton, flowing presentation of one piece into the next, more accomplished use of vocal melodies (and harmonies) and offsetting of patient ambience with crushing tonality and crash, stands as a remarkable forward manifestation of the next step in the direction that Shaman's Path of the Serpent laid out. Arranged across two three-song sides, each capping with a track longer than eight minutes - those being "Death's Dark Tomb" (8:35) and the triumphant finale "Infernal" (8:19) - Labyrinth of Ashmedai immerses the listener its in nodding groove and fluidly executes a deceptive precision in building an arc of momentum that carries across the entire span.

And though relatively short with its noted, manageable, vinyl-ready runtime, that span remains significant. A resounding spaciousness is perhaps what Atala take most from the Californian desert, but they have little in common ultimately with "desert rock" as a genre outside of geography (and it's certainly arguable geography is irrelevant in the aesthetic concern), and instead meld influences from Neurosis and YOB together with the rawer impulses of sludge. After an initial sample and a measure-long intro to initiate the stomp, "Grains of Sand" finds Stratton guttural in his railing against mediocrity and contemplating universal mortality atop a chugging riff fervently pushed ahead by Tedtaotao's creative drumming.