Good news is thin on the ground this week but at least Birmingham’s metal brethren can collectively rejoice at the release of the debut album from Atarka. Sleeping Giant is released on March 27 and you can check out the band’s latest single ‘Tollund Man’ right here
The hard-hitting Brummie quintet was founded by guitarist Daniel McCarthy, bass player Adam Bayliss and vocalist Jamie Smith. In 2018 guitarist Alex Dutton and drummer Phil Sheldon arrived to cement their line-up.
Equal parts groove and blackened death metal, the record sonically illustrates a bleak and desperate view of history, mental illness, addiction and other aspects of the human experience with all the surgical precision and brutality that has made their live shows such a success.
Taking influence from history and mythology, the album explores this from a conceptual point of view. These concepts can be found in abundance on tracks such as ‘Tollund Man’ – where the ancient and mysterious legend of the Danish bog bodies are given a backstory unlike any other.
With other numbers such as ‘Golden Snake’, ‘Shadow of the King’, ‘The Bastard’, and ‘Miasma’ – Sleeping Giant is a heavy hitting record with influences deep-rooted in bands such as In Flames, Mastodon, Gojira and Killswitch Engage.
Atarka have been preparing for a busy 2020 with their debut single release last year and playing numerous UK live shows to much acclaim. With the album, and accompanying content now ready for release, the band are in the process of booking tour dates in the UK and the rest Europe.