I agree that it's great to see underground bands for free. all of these bands are taken really good care of too. as for the type of exposure? it is absolutely connected to these corporate sponsors. but how "evil" is that? I cant say. there's so many worse things happening than free metal shows and just about everything is corporate now. are we gonna stop using the internet, stop buying groceries, stop driving vans to venues, ect? I wouldn't fault anyone for something so trivial. although I would have to think really hard before attaching ourselves to these corporate sponsors.The track Offerings appeared first on the split you released with Alaric last Spring, and I remember being completely blown away the first time I heard it. Was the track originally conceived of within the thematic scope of Ritual? Why the decision to rerecord it? We did have another track, but it just didn't seem to fit after demoing and listening back to it. Damon (our new bass player) brought something new to offerings that we wanted to share. Doing this made the album flow much better. Has Atriarch been through many lineup changes during its existence? How does bringing in new musicians change the dynamic of what appears to be a group of close friends?
No, we just lost Nick. He was too busy and is doing really well with his other projects. Having a new bass player hasn't changed to dynamic too much, but the changes are positive. Damon was already our friend and gets the vibe. what he brings on bass adds clarity. Garek has been a friend for a long time and we've always had synths on our recordings so adding him seemed like the next logical step.
Describe Atriarch's relation with Alaric. How did the split come about? I love that both band's sounds seemed to bleed into the other on their respective tracks. What other artists do you think Atriarch would work well in a split with?
Alaric are some of our favorite people! We love those guys so much.... There has been talk of us doing a split with local funeral band Ephemeros. They are amazing guys playing beautiful music...
You've got a fairly large US tour looming just on the horizon. Is this the first time Atriarch has hit the road for this duration, and are you bringing any specific artists along for the ride?
We went on a 3 week tour in the beginning of our career, which was a bad idea. We were too fresh and didn't have any merch to fuel the beast. This one will be much better. I'm looking forward to playing with Windhand and Sea of Bones of the top of my head. But there's many more amazing artists that we're getting to play with on this trip.
The serpent, the gazing open eye, and animal bones are all recurring symbols in Atriarch's promotional material. It's especially evident in your live act, but your guitar always struck me as having a spiraling, serpentine quality to it, and the music is very meditative and by nature. What do these symbols mean to the band, and how do you feel they are reflected in your own sound?
I have always been fascinated with serpents and bones. Something about them provoke the primal self. Serpents, the open eye and the origin of knowledge are all connected. Music and ritual can be a form of sharing knowledge on a primordial level.
Can you recall any specific instances where you've felt that level of primitive connection with the audience more strongly than others? If so, what made those shows or different than others?
Yes, and it varies from show to show. I can't say that its because of the size of the venues or the bands we're playing with. I think it has to do with the level of involvement from the audience... How immersed they become in the ritual strengthens our connection...I get the impression that the ritualistic aspect of the band's live performance has it has a very genuine and personal feeling about it. To what extent have the spiritual beliefs of the band bled into your live acts? In every way. You cannot have one without the other. The genuine feeling of the ritual stems from our belief. I'd like to thank Lenny personally for taking the time to get back to me on all of these. Atriarch's Ritual of Passing drops October 30th on Profound Lore and I can assure you it fucking kills. Peep the dates below and get out to one of these shows - you will not be sorry.