OK, so things have been a little quiet at Feedback HQ of late, but thanks to this band in particular, I have felt the urge to get back on the literary horse somewhat. Thank you Red Apollo for stoking the embers. So now that the hallmark stuff is out of the way, onwards! Altruist is yet another gem of a release from much loved label Moment Of Collapse. Dortmund Atmospheric Sludge/Post-Metal outfit Red Apollo have had numerous split releases since their well received debut and the quality of each release has been steadily increasing. So, is the second full-length any good? In short, hell yes of course it is! ‘Prurience’ is the lead track and is the perfect opening to the album. Elsewhere, the opening minute of ‘Sacrificing Permanence’ calls to mind Cult of Luna circa 2013’s Vertikal. However, after this track has completed it is more than clear that the similarities with the Umeå post, sludge metallers here is merely a coincidence. In our opinion this album doesn’t have a bad track on it and the piece de resistance is undoubtedly the title track which heralds the halfway point of the album. The fast paced riffage and concentrated percussion works very well here, in particular. ‘The Slaving Eyes’ follows, and starts at a canter and is slower paced for the majority until the final minute of the track, which suddenly bursts into a more fast paced blast beat fuelled outro. Overall, this album has reaffirmed what I already knew about Red Apollo. This band is surely destined for great things and Altruist is a natural progression from their 2012 debut ‘Marche Funèbre’. Check this out as soon as possible!
Red Apollo are: Christoph, Björn, David, Sascha
Genre: Modern Black Metal / Postmetal.