Norwegian quintet Altaar has just recently unleashed their first full-length album via Indie Recordings, four years after debut EP Dødsønske. First of all the main thing you’ll need to know about this album is that there are two songs. However both songs together last a monstrous thirty four minutes almost as long as most ten track albums. Things begin with “Tidi Kjem Aldri Att” a long slow Dirge with deep bass and snarling guitars, the song has a distinct sound that’s similar to Mastodon in its delivery and is entirely instrumental throughout its mammoth twenty minute or so runtime. The guitars have a distinctive twang to them that puts you in mind of the music often found in westerns, it’s bleak, methodical and aggressive but not a quick aggression like Slayer or Slipknot where the guitars and drums beat you down almost instantly. Altaar takes their time and it’s brilliant due to this approach. Following this is “Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolutte Nåde” a little shorter at fourteen minutes. It sounds more industrial and features Andreas Tyldens anguished vocals and relies on the growling guitars and bass. The band go for a mixture of black, drone and doom metal on this album and end up with something decidedly unique and unlike anything else currently available. Altaar has been steadily gaining momentum – and fans – thanks to their live shows. And with this album it seems that, for once the hype has been justified. An excellent album.
Andreas Tylden (Guitar, Vocals), Sten Ove Toft (Electronics, Guitar, Piano), Espen T. Hangård (Guitar, Synth, Vocals), Didrik Telle (Bass), Kenneth Lamond (Drums).