Attalus – Into the Sea (2015)


Attalus – Into the Sea
June 2nd, 2015 (USA); Facedown Records
LP (78 min.)
Alternative Rock, Post-Rock, Progressive Rock, Post-Hardcore Punk

Evan King – Guitar/Vocals/Bass/Additional Keys & Instruments
Seth Davey – Lead Vocals/Keys
Chris Sierra – Drums/Vocals
John Sierra – Guitar

Track list:
01. The Ancient Mariner
02. This Ship is Going Down
03. Sirens
04. Desolate Isle
05. Man, O Shipwreck
06. Step Out
07. Albatross
08. The Breath Before the Plunge
09. Into the Sea
10. Coming Clean
11. O the Depths
12. Voices from the Shore
13. Safe
14. The Greater Tide
15. Death Be Not Proud
16. Message in a Bottle

“Into the Sea” by US-American Christian Rock band Attalus is one of my favorite albums of all time. Period.

Both lyrically and musically, there are only a few albums that never cease to amaze me, no matter how many times I listen to them. To achieve that, an album has to be diverse but coherent, emotionally touching, and musically interesting. If the album is a concept album, that’s always a plus.
This album has all of this.

“Into the Sea” is a 78 minute/16 track concept piece about the relationship between God and man, about His grace and mercy, about life and death. The overall theme is the metaphor of the seemingly endless and deep ocean.
Musically, Attalus play a highly versatile blend of Alternative/Post-Rock with influences of Post-Hardcore Punk, Progressive Rock and a little bit of chamber music. The vocals range from beautiful clean singing to shouted parts and sometimes even Sprechgesang (“spoken singing”, don’t know if that’s an accurate term in English).

The album is like the ocean – sometimes calm and harmonic, sometimes raw and raging, but always in motion. Attalus‘ music is also a prime example of “epic” music in the true sense of the word: it’s telling a story. The music is not just a background soundtrack for the story told by the lyrics, it is a part of the narration, it corresponds perfectly with the lyrical content and gives it depth and weight.

While quantity isn’t always a good thing in albums (Metallica‘s latest LP, for example, is far too long for what it has to offer, in my opinion), in the case of “Into the Sea” the almost 80 minutes feel like half of the time and are absolutely appropriate for the depth of the album’s content, in my opinion.

As with all concept albums, the best way of listening to it is doing it in one sitting from start to finish, but the songs also work perfectly on their own.

If I was sent to a lonely island today and were allowed to take only one album with me, I think it’d be this one.

You can listen to this album on Spotify.

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