News of prog mind-benders White Arms Of Athena’s forthcoming second album
It feels like forever since we last heard from White Arms Of Athena. Since their Prosthetic Records debut Astrodrama in 2011, they’ve been a bit quiet (the odd U.S. tour aside), and whilst three years isn’t that long – especially not in prog circles – I’ve certainly missed them.
It is good to hear that they are back, then, and with a new album tow. The self-titled White Arms Of Athena will be dropping in time for Christmas, and by all accounts, it will be something of a curveball. Astrodrama dripped with the influence of U.S. progressive metal act Between The Buried And Me – it was even recorded by long-time cohort Jamie King – but our good brothers over at Heavy Blog Is Heavy, who broke the news earlier today, testify that “it’s less BTBAM, more Intronaut - lots of weird ambient stuff”.
This is reflected in the shift from one big-name producer to another. White Arms tapped up the inimitable Kurt Ballou (Converge) of Godcity Studios for mixing and Alan Douches (Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and most recently The Matador) for mastering, with Travis Kammeyer engineering and co-producing. It’s a roster of behind-the-scenes talent to be impressed by. Well go on, start being impressed!
Other than the general release news, we’ve also got an eight-part tracklisting, which clocks in just shy of forty minutes, and looks a little something like this:
01. Truth, The Greatest Lie Ever Told
02. Heavy Sleep
03. On The Edge
04. Time Is Nothing (Or Maybe Just One Thing)
05. This Transition
06. Manifest; Withdrawal
07. Participating In and Awakening To The Cycle
08. The “I”
I’m quite excited to hear what they’ve come up with. The band have been together for around eight years or so now, and are both accomplished musicians AND a formidable unit, so White Arms Of Athena has great promise. I’m particularly interested to hear what vocalist Josh Everett has laid down over these new tunes; his growls are great, but his cleans are at times haunting, and should fit their new style perfectly.
The records will be out December 2nd through Prosthetic Records. We’ll bring you more when we have it, but until then, here’s Astrodrama in full to whet your chops (in case you missed it the first time):