Melodic hard rockers ATLAS are ready to release their third studio album, “Built to Last,” on October 20th through Metalopolis Records.
Craig Wells: Vocals
Howie Little: Guitars
James Thorley: Keyboards
Chris Redfearn: Bass
Ryan Briggs Drums
An early taster of the album comes in the form of the single “You’re Not Alone,” a song described by James Thorley (founder member and keyboardist) as “about coming out of lockdown and overcoming difficulties, depression, and the general unknown that most of us felt during that time. It’s got a radio-friendly approach, but we didn’t hold back with the big anthemic chorus.”
Thorley helped create the band in 2017 with the intention of making a recognisable 80s sound, full of melody and fist-thumping lyrics.
With instantly recognisable riffs and a relentless rhythm, it has a commercially anthemic sound for 2023. This is the sort of song you hit the open highway with; it would connect with fans of Bon Jovi, but celebrates hard-rocking vibes.
For a bit of background, to date, ATLAS has released two studio albums through the European label AOR Heaven. Their second album, Parallel Love, charted in Japan at #36 and debuted in the Top 10 Amazon Classic Rock Albums Chart on the week of release. They have toured the UK, sharing the stage with The Quireboys, Eric Martin (Mr. Big), FM, Vega, Big Country, and Praying Mantis.
Distributed by SPV, Built To Last is a continued evolution of the band’s unique Progressive AOR sound that builds on themes of survival, hope, and overcoming hardships. It is the result of several years of refined songcraft, featuring polished arrangements, shredding guitar hooks, massive choruses, and soaring vocals.
Download the single (and “All or Nothing”) here
It is soon time to get excited for October!
By Stevie Ritson