Hailing from Germany is the metal band called Atlantean Kodex; this group started out in 2006 and chooses to play a traditional style of heavy metal/epic doom. Featuring the vocals of Markus Becker, Michael Koch is their lead guitarist and Manuel Trummer looks after the rhythm guitar. Providing the pulse for Atlantean Kodex is Florian Kreuzer on bass and behind the drums is Mario Weiss.
Having previously only recording much shorter releases, The Golden Bough is the title of Atlantean Kodex's new and first full length metal CD. The band have based this album on "Sir James George Frazer's (1854-1941) homonymous scholarly epic, "THE GOLDEN BOUGH" that deals with his thought-provoking thesis that all forms of religion in Europe (including Christianity) originate from magical cults and fertility rites, which date back to the stone-age." So there you go this work certainly gave Atlantean Kodex plenty of ideas for the lengthy songs on their new album.
Atlantean Kodex have ticked all the boxes with this release not leaving anything out, as the "Fountain of Nepenthe" gets underway and the fetching metal music of Atlantean Kodex is heard. "Pilgrim" moves along at classic doom metal speed and with a similar feel, "Temple of Katholic Magick" is a further slow and mighty track. The band know how to utilize their powerful riffs and also create an atmospheric feel. The only thing holding my score back is the vocals; yes they are good though more variety wouldn't have hurt.
I'm not sure how to properly pronounce their name, but Atlantean Kodex have definitely made a positive impression with The Golden Bough. This band have been receiving substantial praise with particularly positive reviews and rightly so, as Atlantean Kodex has released a gripping metal recording.
1. Fountain of Nepenthe
3. The White Goddess
4. Temple of Katholic Magick
5. Disciples of the Iron Crown
6. Vesperal Hymn
7. The Atlantean Kodex
8. A Prophet in the Forest
9. The Golden Bough