Atlas – In persuit of memory
Label: AOR Heaven
“Atlas” is a Melodic Rock band from the North of England that is comprised of 5 young musicians.
Keyboard player Thorley founded the band in early 2017 with the intention to create a band that centered its roots around the AOR and Melodic Rock genre whilst delving into other areas of Hard Rock, Metal, Progressive and even Jazz.
5 keyboard demos were produced by Thorley during the first few months of 2017.
The name “Atlas” came from the working title for these demos, which would soon be molded into the songs heard on the bands’
debut EP ‘World In Motion’.
ATLAS drew heavily on influences stemming from the AOR classic standards of Toto and Journey to the modern era of Work of Art and W.E.T
with subtle progressive elements of Dream Theater mixed in to forge the early sound heard throughout their EP.
The recording and mixing duties fell upon keyboard player James Thorley.
Sam Millar of UK rock band Bigfoot contributed to the backing vocals on this EP which got self-released through their band camp website in late August 2017. The end of 2017 found the band achieve three awards from AOR Underground (A feature of Powerplay magazine) for ‘Independent album of year 2017’ for their release of the EP ‘World in Motion’,
Best Newcomer of 2017 and ‘Song of the year’ with ‘Lost in The Moment’.
This momentum and growing social media following provided the stepping-stone for the bands next endeavor.
With strong motivation and after almost a year of working together as a band they were now eager to start collaborating on new material using the stronger aspects of their EP as a cornerstone.
The album name “In Pursuit of Memory” reflects the nature and themes of the songs heard throughout the album.
With a common theme throughout the album being self-reflection, healing and learning from mistakes one has made;
with lyricists Thorley, Moss and Wells all penning at least one track centered on those themes.
The album was recorded and engineered by keyboard player James Thorley at his studio ‘The Woodshed”.
Thorley also took on the role of the producer as he did on the bands previous self released EP.
Sam Millar of Bigfoot provided ‘guest vocals’ on the album as well; his vocal harmony contributions can be heard throughout most of the tracks and add a much desired AOR factor that the band often desire in their songs.
Christoffer Borg (Taste, Art Nation) was chosen as the mixing and mastering engineer of the album.
02. Bad Habit
03. Breathe Me In
04. Flesh And Blood
05. As Time Goes By
06. In The Frame
07. Lock And Key
08. Seasons Change
09. Signal Of Hope
10. Letting Go
12. Live And Forget