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Review: Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Atlantean Kodex
The White Goddess

Label: 20 Bucks Spin
Year released: 2013
Duration: 57:57
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 5+/5

Review online: August 29, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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The White Goddess


The White Goddess, the second full-length album from Germany's Atlantean Kodex, is here. Easily one of the most highly anticipated releases of the last 30 years, The White Goddess arrives to great fanfare and high hopes, coming on the heels of the universally lauded debut, The Golden Bough. What do you do to follow up a masterpiece? If you are Atlantean Kodex, you create an album that is superior in every way and you don't look back.

The songs on The White Goddess define the word "epic." Massive riffs, spectacular solos, enthralling choruses and a sound that embraces both the old and the new are the hallmarks. The vocals may not be as powerful as some but rarely has the marriage of a voice with lyrics ever sounded so "right." The twin-guitar salvo that opens "Sol Invictus" is the coolest thing I've heard since 1983 when I flipped over my brand new cassette copy of Piece of Mind and "The Trooper" stormed out of my speakers. This song rocks and rolls like an avalanche, carrying everything around with it. "Heresiarch" burns with a slow intensity that demands your undivided attention. "Twelve Stars and an Azure Gown" is the kind of mythological storytelling few bands have ever equaled. I'm not usually much of a lyric guy but the stories on The White Goddess are so expressive and evocative, one can't help but be drawn in to the worlds created by Atlantean Kodex. I could go on and on about each song, but I will never do them justice. If you took everything epic about songs like "Guyana (the Cult of the Damned)," "Fata Morgana," "To Tame a Land" and "Beyond the Realms of Death" and mixed it together you might get a hint as to the breadth and depth of Atlantean Kodex's songwriting might.

I started writing reviews for The Metal Crypt in 2008 (with over 600 written as of this review) and I've never given a 5+/5 score. Until now. And that score hardly seems to do The White Goddess justice as it is far and away better than almost everything else I've heard in that time. The White Goddess IS Epic Heavy Metal.

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