Conceived in a Tuff Shed in the desolate landscape of Twentynine Palms, California, sometime in the winter of 2013, Atala is the conjuring of the the elusive Kyle Stratton, an artist who has found his home among the rattlesnakes, scorpions, bobcats and mountain lions. "I love to be lost in the wilderness out here. You can lose yourself and find freedom along side the creatures who survive here," says Kyle, the guitar player and lyricist of Atala. "It is a great place to escape the human world." Completing the band are members Jeff Tedtaotao on drums and Dave Horn on bass. The band's first album was a self-titled album, recorded in the beginning of 2014 with producer and famed desert musician Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Unida). The band's direction took a change on the more atmospheric and drone-heavy album "Shaman's Path of the Serpent," seeking producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Melvins, Pallbearer) to produce their sophomore release in the summer of 2015. The band chose Billy once more to produce "Labyrinth of Ashemedai" to follow in the winter of 2016. Aside from three albums in their first four years, the band had also toured regionally and nationally numerous times. They have played American Festivals such as The New England Stoner and Doom Festival, The SXSW Stoner Fest and the Maryland Doom Fest, where they will be returning this June to play with the legendary Pentagram and many others. Atala has shared the stage with many of the greats like The Obsessed, Coven, Pallbearer, Baroness and SubRosa. With the highlight of their career, the band's manager Scott Harrington managed to score them the surprise gig at the famous Roadburn Festival in Holland, where they crushed three sets in 2017. In the summer of 2018 they returned to the studio after 5 years, with a different approach, getting back to their roots in the desert and the DIY ethos they once held so close.
Their new album is due out May 21st, 2019 with pre-orders Starting on April 12th. This is an instant desert classic. The "Bearer of Light" Album is a must have. It consists of 7 tracks of a desert voyage through a heavy madness. It is a true roller coaster of emotions: sad, angry, confused and lost. But, you can't help but feel hope as you follow the journey. With samples helping to tell the story, you find yourself captivated and getting sucked into the idea of watching this soul journey through a barren desert. As it unfolds, you too, will contemplate the meaning of life and why it is such a harsh existence. In the end, you will rest peacefully as Kyle gently sings the epic acoustic track "Dark Skies" and brings your trip to an end. Taking it from the press, Metal Nexus states Atala as "one of the bands who are keeping heavy music alive and fresh!" Loudwire denotes the band's music as "consciousness alterning." The trio has the ability to "mesmerize you to complete oblivion," as noted by the folks at Metal Nation.