Atmospheres are a well named band if nothing else. Imagine if TesseracT fully embraced their atmospheric side and marginalized their more djent/groove metal base. That’s a basic idea of what Atmospheres are about on their album “The Departure.”
I love atmospheric metal but if allowed to wander too much, as happens on this album, it gets tedious and boring. Another problem is vocally, Atmospheres are a bit thin. I think the band realizes this and tends to play more toward the instrumental side of things through the album.
Had the band had a better balance between their ambient side and their more crunchy side, “The Departure” would be more interesting. Unfortunately, this winds up being background music. When the band does find a good hook here and there, it becomes a bit too jarring only because the album borders on new age at times.
“The Departure” is less about being a departure from what is currently happening in the djent world and more about a starting point for this new Belgian band. They are quite talented but too often they lose my interest by wandering thru their own self indulgence. My guess is that if you live and breathe djent, this album will feel like a revelation. I’ll wait for the new Textures album myself.