A.T.O.M. (Abandoned Territories Of Mankind) is a very cohesive, yet complex and absolutely epic piece of dark art; very hypnotic, sometimes almost psychedelic but often so very accumulative that simply calls for repetitive listening. And it is the first part of the Artificial Intelligence series.
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The church of the Children of A.T.O.M. believed the year 2034 to have been a great holy event perpetuated by their God, Atom. In fact it was not! Although their settlements are concentrated primarily in the hemisphere of IO which is constantly bathed in Lucifer’s rays, some habitants of A.T.O.M. have begun in recent generations to explore the far side, the hemisphere facing away from Lucifer, still covered in ice. There they could witness the origin oft the apocalypse which destroyed huge parts of multiverse 47AE before. From that moment on they knew to being an impossibility in an impossible world which exist in parallel universes, constantly interacting with each other. In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.
This world of ATOM is in danger and maybe they are coming our way … Overlords is the first track and with this title you know that there is a dangerous alien life form out there. Is it already too late? The scary sound says enough: it announces the beginning of something horrific. The roaring machine sounds as if they depart from their dying world. On itself the sound is very rich, jazzy/rock minded and very loud with lots of variation. And yes: apparently the first contact has been made. The overlords are ready for more! Nine Billion Names of God gives a better insight on the troubles. Seems like we know The Overlords under so many names and yes: we have to fear for our extermination. The music fits the danger we are facing: a dark and raw voice mixed with electronics and a piano rendering the darkness in a very scary and obscure way.
Paths is more guitar minded with some electronics who deliver us the darkness whilst we get a fast forward look at the future regarding the path of interstellar travelling. Moonlet Pan takes a floating and almost peaceful start. I hear a big difference with the previous tracks. It feels a bit like putting Stanley Kubrik on music. Somehow the message from the future sounds soft and positive and that gives hope, just as Seth is softly whispering. Another ray of light comes from Lucifer Rising but it turns out to be a very melancholic and slow track (almost like a dark ballad). Atom has a certain retro Technoir sound, slightly floating with now and then some interesting bleeps. I think it even stands a chance on the dancefloor and see people slowly dance on it. Towards the end it gets more pathos and more energy. I would even call the end a bit eclectic. The Last Theorem starts slowly in a very mysterious and mystic way, guided by very philosophical lyrics. Toward the end it sounds as if we lost it all after a nuclear blast. Life Beyond Earth floats and sounds very mysterious as if one doesn’t want us to know the truth. Still you hear the roaring sound: meaning there is some action going on beyond earth whilst we have again this Stanley Kubrik moment …
Everything is very dramatic, almost mystical; somehow you can almost feel the isolation of the human mind in the vastness of space after the apocalypse. It feels like a constant battle between beauty and chaos, mankind and humanoids, between frustration and order, it sparks the imagination of the listener in a marvelous way. Believe me that it offers a lot to a very different spectrum of listeners, from those into ambient music, to fans of industrial, to those who are into electronic sounds, even crust and as well to fans of darker subgenres of metal, in a word it's for all those who are open minded enough and like to discover new things. A must have!