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Dalihrob



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject: Altarage (Evil Inhuman Black/Death from Spain) Reply with quote


Nick Keller Cult Eternal

Either I suck at searching or this forum really lacks a thread dedicated to this band. Take a look at the cover and you will know what to expect.

https://altarage.bandcamp.com/album/nihl
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Altarage/3540400294
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listened to the stream of this yesterday and was impressed - ordered the cd from Doomentia
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That artwork is really sinister. Good stuff.

The band logo itself I am not so fond of though. Looks like the font a ninja themed video game would implement.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The album is really crushing and filthy. Huge Portal influence
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah the font would definitely have made me skip it entirely if i hadn't already heard the demo
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That logo is bad indeed but digging the music a lot.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great album art. Bad logo. Not loving the music, though. One of the supporters on Bandcamp says they like this better than Portal because Altarage "delivers outstanding riffs instead of visual gimmicks that attempt to compensate for, what I perceive as, a lack of well thought out guitar riffs." I'm not about to discuss the quality of anybody's riffs, but I think this sound works best with the "riff-less" style. But that's just me.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly I don't hear what Altarage is about. Laughing Laughing

Actually, this rules.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Artwork is superb
Production is top-notch, massive shit, impressive
It has a strong "industrial" vibe, maybe that's the "inhuman" part they claim to have
Vocals are great but too scarce

It doesn't sound "evil" IMHO, and the Portal influence is tenuous. Unlike IRKALLIAN ORACLE's album which has a strong Portal influence.

I applaud the effort and intense work put into this but the music just doesnt live-up to the über-pretentious description
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That "evil/inhuman" shit is something I came up with on the spot when starting the thread, they are not the words of the band.

But there might have been some unconscious influence from the rather verbose and far-fatched promo talk of the label. Laughing

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Continuing in the path of bands like Portal, Auroch, Deathspell Omega, Mitochondrion, Teitanblood, Knelt Rote, Abyssal and the such, Altarage have created a massive and oozing void in the perception of all avantgarde death metal fans - they have opened a portal to another dimension revealing levels and sub levels of technicality, inhuman songwriting, visionary madness, and of endless sonic brutality that will demolish even the most trained and prepared minds. No one - and we mean no one - is ready to hear what Altarage have accomplished in Nihl. Human ears were not made to bare such an atrocity and that is why when this record is released the perception of death metal will be changed inside of us forever.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i dont even notice that type of superfluous writing that accompanies every new release nowadays

just kind of enters my eyes but never quite reaches my brain you know
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

asmael LeBouc wrote:


It doesn't sound "evil" IMHO, and the Portal influence is tenuous. Unlike IRKALLIAN ORACLE's album which has a strong Portal influence.



I think Irkallian have really moved away from the Portal influence on the new album and are very much their own band.I can definitely hear it more in Altarage along with some hints of mid period Morbid Angel.

The jury is very much out on this for me. I think this more modern form of death metal is getting a little tiring to my old man ears perhaps but there's not a lot holding my attention so far. A couple of the slower riffs make me think of Meshuggah with a less manic drummer or something. It's not bad just perhaps not for me..
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got the 7" in stock now

http://www.deadbangers.com/prestashop/en/home/643-altarage-mmxv-7.html
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff! Agreed that the logo isn't doing justice to the music.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really liking this stuff, despite the obvious deliberate portal pilfering.
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