Altaar - Altaar

Posted on Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I don’t know if this self-titled release can be rightly considered an LP or not. There are only two songs, but the whole thing clocks in at over 35 minutes in length. That’s longer than your average Deicide LP. The first track, “Tidi Kjem Aldri Att,” is an instrumental, and the other, “Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolutte Nade,” has vocals. Of the two, I found the first song to be more interesting because while it was fairly repetitive in nature, it had a bleakness about it that was almost mesmerizing. I kept imagining abandoned buildings and factories (Detroit, essentially…) while listening to it. The last time I had visions like that in my head was when I first heard Streatcleaner by Godflesh. Altaar may not be as mechanized or as heavy as Godflesh was on that album, but the two have a shared atmosphere of bleakness and despair. “Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolutte Nade,” while not as bleak as “Tidi Kjem Aldri Att,” is still pretty dark and tortured. It starts off on the Ambient side with minimalistic spacey keyboards but eventually evolves into some pretty punishing Black/Doom Metal. If I have one complaint about this LP, it’s that it isn’t long enough. I would have liked to have maybe one more song, even if it was another instrumental track, because when “Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolutte Nade” ended, I was disappointed that it was over. I guess I’m going to have to wait for the next release by Altaar to come out so that I can string things together.

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