Additional info Songs 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 written by Matias Nastolin. Tracks 1, 4 and 6 written by Olli "Otu" Suurmunne. All lyrics by Matias Nastolin.
Guitars, vocals and bass were recorded between March - May 2013 at a home studio. Drums were recorded and engineered by Ari Salonen at MD-studio, Helsinki (Finland) in July 2013.
Produced by Altar Of Betelgeuze. Mixing by Matias Nastolin and Juho Kareoja between July - August 2013. Assistant mixing by Olli "Otu" Suurmunne. Mastering by Javier Félez at Moontower Studios, Terrassa (Spain) in September 2013.
Artwork & Layout by César Valladares. Logo by Ciprian Frîncu.
Hailing from Finland, Finland, Finland, that country where I want to be… your metal so melodic, your landscape unthawed, we have Altar of Betelgeuze. AOB are one of those pentagram shaped pegs that refuse to be easily pounded into a round hole.
On their promo pic, the fiendish Finns are sporting gear dropping Watain, Sleep, Death, and King Diamond. At various points in this release they tread metal ground clearly influenced by each of these artists, though fortunately they leave the falsetto to King Diamond & He Man*
Start your year off on a good note with the debut from this interesting Finnish group. Harsh and death doom-ish at points, but also has a surprisingly groovy edge to it, with clean vocals that sound as if they could easily fit in your typical desert stoner band.
I was gonna staff pick this today too but Apothecary beat me too it This really is a fantastic album throughout with a real nice mix of heavy & melodic while always maintaining an infectious groove. Thier 2012 EP was already great but this is a real step up. "The Spiral Of Decay" is the standout track for me too although I enjoyed every song off this.
"Smoldering Clouds Above Orion" and "The Approaching Storm" seem to come from the 'At The Shrine Of Light', yes? I enjoy the hell out of the release. As usual, very well done by Apothecary and MS Staff!
The songs are decent, but I find the mix tends to go from soft to loud in a really annoying way. I don't know if it's just the download, but this has significantly dampened my listening experience and as a result, I'm probably not even going to give this an 8.