Meridian - The Fate Of Atlantis EP

MERIDIAN

THE FATE OF ATLANTIS EP

Mighty Music

Release: March 9, 2018

 

Meridian debuted in 2013 with the album, ”Metallurgy”, and in 2016 released the follow-up “Breaking The Surface”, are now ready with a new four track EP titled “The Fate Of Atlantis”, released by Mighty Music. Last year the band spend some time writing new material for an unspecified future release.

 

A bunch of new songs exists at various stages, but instead of finishing everything of for a full album, the band decided to head for Death Island Studios to try out the new working relationship with guitarist/producer Marco Angioni. Four songs were selected for this. Not necessarily the best four, but four very different ones, all showcasing the bands newfound ability to explore the outskirts of the “melodic metal” landscape that the band has always roamed.

Tracklist:

 

Off To War

Fragments Of A Life

The Fate Of Atlantis

Scream For Me



The EP opens with “Off To War”. I always appreciate it if albums/EP’s start of with a slight intro, but Meridian did not do this. However the song is very catchy and has some kind of 80’s atmosphere to it, which I really like. The first single from the EP, “Fragments Of A Life” is a slower song, kind of to the doom side of metal. Lyrically it deals with the struggle with dementia, seen through the eyes of both patient and the spectating relatives. This is a topic that a lot of people relate to, and I think it is beautiful to write a song about it seeing it from both perspectives.

The title track, “The Fate Of Atlantis” a slightly progressive track, not entirely my thing. The chorus is a lot less catchy as well and it’s just kind of boring. The final track, “Scream For Me” turned out to be a tribute to a certain band (I think it’s Iron Maiden) that means a lot to all Meridian members. It was by no means intentional, but musically the song just happened and since the inspiration is a bit obvious, the band decided to go all in and make it a tribute thing, just for the hell of it.

 

Seeing that ‘’The Fate Of Atlantis’’ is my least favourite of the whole EP, I think they have chosen the wrong title for the EP and album art. If they had chosen ‘’Fragments Of A Life’’ they could have based the whole EP around that topic. Correct me if I’m wrong, but right now it just seems to be four random songs on a playlist. The final product could have been a bit more cohesive, but the songwriting in itself is good. I’d rate ‘’The Fate Of Atlantis EP’’ by Meridian a 3 out of 5.

Line-Up:

 

Lars Märker – vocals

Martin J. Andersen – guitars

Marco Angioni – guitars

Peter Bruun – bass

Klaus Agerbo – drums

 

Bandphoto: Lena Angioni

Artwork: Kennet Agerbo