Leon : When I saw the album cover I immediately thought I knew what kind of music I was about hear, Scandinavian atmospheric post-rock. I could not have been further from the truth, so you see that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The Norwegian band plays pretty epic rock music that seems quite modern to me, think of Black Country Communion but with some Queen in it. Although the band describes itself on Facebook as a progressive rock band, I think the music is quite straightforward, only here and there I hear some light prog elements. That is no critique because I think the music is actually quite good, just solid, modern, and melodic rock. Listen for example to the song 'Disco Aces', the classic rock style here sounds absolutely fine! And the other songs are good too, not too complicated, nice and straightforward. From an instrumental point of view there is little to complain about, the guitars are interesting, also the solos, and the vocals fit perfectly with the music. Actually, I have no negative things to report about the album.
It is a missed opportunity for the band that there is so little information to be found about them online, they have no website and also on Facebook the available information is inexistent. The music that Sipher makes is very easy to enjoy and I think they are missing out on a lot of fans by not making information about themselves available. I don’t even know who is playing in the band! Well, after translating a Norwegian review of the album, by Google Translate, I found out. Apparently it’s the band of Norwegian Idols participant Eirik Søfteland. A shame, although 'Atlas' is certainly not an earthshattering product, it’s one of the better rock albums I have heard this year. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes to listen to modern classical rock.