Pim B. : This was a tough nut to crack. I had to listen to the new album by Ataraxy from Zaragoza, Spain plenty of times to form a proper opinion. Here and there I read some remarks from people who don’t like it because it differs from the style the band showed on their previous album ‘Revelations Of The Ethereal’. That album was released in 2012 and in the meantime Ataraxy have grown. If that’s for the better or the worse, is for you to decide. In my review I wrote that the last album already showed progress. To me that album still is a fine dose of death metal with an own face but also with clear influences. Fans of death metal with a good portion of doom will concur.
‘Where All Hope Fades’ simply shows a shift towards doom metal. There are still fast parts to be heard but overall the pace is quite slow. And I don’t mind. The instrumental opener ‘The Absurdity Of A Whole Cosmos’ straight away reminds of My Dying Bride. After hearing the complete album names of bands such as Ophis and Evoken come to mind. The latter only because of the atmosphere. Ataraxy clearly has chosen to follow a different path. They didn’t record a copy of the previous album. As a fan of death/doom I appreciate the result. When I have to compare this one to the last album I have to admit I like that last one a bit better. Still, ‘Where All Hope Fades’ is an album you should give a shot, ‘cause it is a great death/doom record. It’s intense, ballsy and atmospheric.
The album is released by Dark Descent and like the previous recordings Me Saco Un Ojo Records will take care of the vinyl edition.