Iris

by Altars of Grief

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    The new album from Saskartchewan Blackened Doom Band Altars of Grief. "Iris" is presented in a noble 4 panel digipack with a 6 page inlay with lyrics and notes. Album artwork by Travis Smith - Seempieces [Katatonia, Anathema, Opeth] Comes with an Altars of Grief sticker.

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***Premiere of the track "Desolation" on No Clean Singing: www.nocleansinging.com/2018/02/13/an-ncs-premiere-altars-of-grief-desolation/#comment-623405

***Premiere of the track "Broken Hymns" on Toilet Ov Hell: www.toiletovhell.com/premiere-the-crushing-heartbreak-of-altars-of-griefs-broken-hymn/

***Full album premiere on Noisey: noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/59jmg3/altars-of-grief-bring-death-and-doom-to-the-canadian-prairies

Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new levels of dynamics and textures, and while it is the more accomplished work from the Saskatchewan band to date, it also carries the darkness and light personality that Altars of Grief developed since 2013. On Iris, melancholy and storytelling reaches new depths of beauty and sorrow. Containing equal appeal and oppression in its aesthetic, this new album will raise the bar for Canadian Doom-Death.

Altars of Grief's singer Damian Smith comments: "The story of Iris is very much rooted in our prairie surroundings and deals with the struggles of addiction, sickness and religion. A father finds himself unable to connect with and care for his young daughter, Iris, who has fallen seriously ill. Spiralling deeper and deeper into his vices, and feeling rejected by Iris’ new found and unwavering faith, he gets into his car and decides to leave her behind. Somewhere along the icy road, he loses control of his vehicle and perishes. His purgatory is to watch helplessly as Iris slowly succumbs to her illness without him."

Iris will feature the art of Travis Smith [Seempieces] (Katatonia, Opeth, Anathema). The cover artwork brilliantly depicts Iris’ final moments as she kneels before the winter beset church and embraces her fate.

For fans of Woods of Ypres, Adora Vivos, October Tide, and Swallow the Sun.

Those who stare at the dying light will fall into Iris.

credits

released March 21, 2018

Damian Smith - Vocals, Lyrics
Erik Labossiere - Guitars, Vocals
Evan Paulson - Guitars, Vocals, Programming
Donny Pinay - Bass, Vocals
Zack Bellina - Drums, Vocals (on track five)

Cello on tracks 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 written and performed by Raphael Weinroth-Browne Track 8, “Epilogue” written and performed by Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Lyrics by Damian Smith (except for track 7, written by Erik Labossiere)
Music by Evan Paulson and Altars of Grief
Produced by Justin Bender & Altars of Grief

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Justin Bender at Blue Door Recording & Retrosleep Studios in Regina, Saskatchewan

Cello recorded by Dean Watson at Gallery Recording Studios in Ottawa, Ontario

Artwork and Layout by Travis Smith (Seempieces)
[Katatonia, Opeth, Anathema]

Concept by Damian Smith and Erik Labossiere


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"Just as thoughts turn toward Spring and the coming of new life, this should be enough to take the wind right out of those seasonal sails. Death-doom indeed."
-The Obelisk

"Altars of Grief remind us that there is no sound heavier than that of our own sorrow, and no art more powerful than that which stirs a yearning in our very souls."
-Toilet Ov Hell

"Canada has not seen this caliber of blackened doom in many years, and it’s inspiring to hear what was lost being reincarnated in a new, yet familiar way."
-Kaje Music

"With this second album, Altars of Grief crown themselves, without a hint of arrogance, the lords of Canadian doom. "Iris" is so good."
-Ultraje

"Over eight tracks, the quartet melds the finer points of black and doom into a truly stirring composition"
-Noisey

"Iris is a nigh-peerless construct of somber beauty and one of the greatest doom metal albums in years."
- Metal Injection

"For all its darkness, Iris also feels at times like a ray of light piercing the all-encompassing night; a small ray of hope in a world that is all-but devoid of such a concept. The emotional catharsis on offer is on par with the greats of doom and gothic metal, and it’s hard not to be swept along by the pull of Iris, embraced within its bleak, yet paradoxically comforting sounds. "
-The Sound Not the Word


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Track Name: Isolation
Left alone
With what I have become
Close my eyes
Kingdoms fall around me
Crowned with scorn
A heavy cross to bear
Turn away

I was never strong enough
To face what I left behind
Seeking comfort in anything
That could distract my troubled mind
The snow fell once again
Guiding my journey’s end
In solitude and twisted steel
Haunted by the grief that I still feel

Against an endless horizon
The fire seemed to burn forever
Another day smoulders into night
Alone, I travel on

Finally at peace in frozen isolation
Where nothing dwells, but the spirits of my past

This decision would haunt my life
In the silence where all light dies
And as the seasons began to change
Revealing all that winter claimed
Beneath the frost, in endless sleep
A lonesome death for all to see
Preserving where my failures led me

Against an endless horizon
The fire seemed to burn forever
Another day smoulders into night
Alone, I travel on
Track Name: Desolation
I opened my eyes
To the night sky
The unending storm
Revealed itself before me
Weightless in my resolve
But, still a burden remains
With this final breath
“Please, forgive me”

With every wasted prayer
I’ve watched your body wither
I’ve seen what you’ve become
As you pushed me away

Consumed by my pride
I fled from your side
And tried to understand
Your faith in this wretched world
That has condemned you
The lights of home have faded
Into desolation
I gave you all that I had
Your faith in this godless world
Has lead you astray

I opened my eyes
To a sky in flames
A cold wind lamenting
Through the unending plains
Within the frozen wreckage
Is where I shall remain
But, with this departure
I’ll be with you once again

I opened my eyes!
I opened my eyes!
I opened my eyes!
I opened my eyes!
Track Name: Iris
Here I stand, head in hands
Questions unanswered
Do you hear my words?
This altar, veiled in dust
So long I’ve poured my faith
Still, you have failed her

Or, am I just blind and powerless?
Cursed with this need to escape my reality
I fall to my knees as she appears
Iris, stained with blood

Fall
(No life left in her eyes)
Close your eyes
(Nothing I could do)
Nothing inside
(How could you turn away?)
Turn away
(Embrace this)
Embrace finality

“My god!
I’ll see the Heaven’s burn!
I’ll never forgive you for this!”

As her cries subside
No sound broke the still
Silence is all that remains
Within these walls
I now see clear
I was always alone

Am I just blind and powerless?
Cursed with this need to escape my reality
Forgotten, as I’ve forgotten you
I’ll never let you take from me again
Track Name: Child of Light
Crestfallen
Two souls became one
A vestige of serenity
Grasping your cross
Reaching out
With your final breath
A life departed
Frozen and still

In this silence, I know
That you have found your peace
The embrace of falling snow
I brush the tears from your face
I no longer remember
When the world didn’t feel so cold
I lift my arms for the sky
And await this coming storm

Empyreal flames
Of my own creation
I will wait forever
For my salvation
Before I surrender
My faith unto you
You who has taken
Everything from me

Winter descends
Like ashes from the divine
Breathe in the fire
Let it swallow you whole
Close your eyes
I know I have failed you
Child of light
Go now, your heaven awaits

Empyreal flames
Of my own creation
I will wait forever
For my salvation

Before I surrender

My faith unto you

You who has taken

Everything
Track Name: Broken Hymns
With every passing day
I’ve endured my mistakes
And cursed the failing light
That is should forever fade
I stand now in the ashes
Of a world become a tomb
Every thought, another grave
Interred with memories of you

Bury me in my agony
Drown me underneath all that I’ve lost

I’ve grown tired of the light
Of holding on to ghosts
And longing for lost days
I’m faced with my failures
When I close my eyes
I’ll pray for all of this to end

Lowered down
Into the waiting Earth
A veil of soil
Concealing your pain
One day
I can only pray
That time corrodes
This memory of you

Cast away
From this grey world
Into oblivion
And constellations
Take this Earth
From beneath me
“Iris!”
“Please, come back to me!”

“Come back to me!”

I’ve grown tired of the light
Of holding on to ghosts
And, longing for lost days
I’m faced with my failures
When I close my eyes
I’ll pray for all of this to end
Track Name: Voices of Winter
Years have gone
I hide behind a face
That's not my own
Can no one hear me?
The night is long
It mocks my weary faith
I am alone
My god, why have you gone?

Voices of winter
Beckon me forward
Your words are ghosts
That haunt the frozen air
A fragile beacon that shines
Through this bleak nightmare

Restless hours
In tranquil decay
I wander the desolation
Where only ashes remain
This place once familiar
Is now long forgotten
Derelict arms reach out
In desperation

Buried alive
In the graves I have made
All that I know
Is this reverie

A vision of pale limbs
Frozen forever
Statuesque, as you
A monument to failure

This gathering darkness
Shall never depart
The misery of bereavement
Consuming my thoughts
This bitter season
Becomes my prison
Rending my heart
All hope departs

Buried alive
In the graves I have made
All that I know…
Track Name: Becoming Intangible
Waiting for the end again
The time has come to pass, my friend
Waiting for this final judgement
I’ve never felt this close to God

I can barely see the sun
I guess this path was truly flawed
Judgement comes with revelation
And, I’ve never felt so close to God

Waiting for the end again
Waiting for the end again
Waiting for the end again
Waiting for the end

Waiting for the end again

The time has come to pass, my friend

Judgement comes with revelation

I’ve never felt this close to God

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