ATENA

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

Pos­sessed

IN­DIE RECORD­INGS Jok­ingly de­scrib­ing them­selves on their merch as “true Nor­we­gian black core” doesn’t tell the whole story of Atena, who offer far more than bullish metalcore with a sprin­kling of at­mos­phere. Af­ter the jud­der­ing death­core break­down of the ti­tle track comes the ethe­real Con­fes­sional and catchy Lock Shut, with dul­cet keys and sweetly sung vo­cals con­trast­ing with the fa­mil­iar chug. An oper­atic cho­rus backs and Done With The

throws a Ja­panese melody into the mix, but per­haps most left­field of all is the West Coast-style rap spar­ring with the down­tuned riffs and creepy static of Death Eater. The whing­ing posthard­core style vo­cals have a ten­dency to grate and while Atena’s will­ing­ness to push bound­aries needs to be ap­plauded, the hit-and-miss ap­proach smacks of an un­tamed am­bi­tion throw­ing too many ideas at a wall just to see what sticks. FOR FANS OF: HEART OF A COWARD, BORN OF OSIRIS, PE­RIPH­ERY Nor­way’s eclec­tic metalcore bruis­ers hit too many shades

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