To be honest, I only listen to ALTAR OF GRIEF's part of this split EP (which contains 7 tracks and not only 4, by the way). They play mighty and somber doom death metal with soulful vocals. Also the bonus track "Room of Angel", an Akira Yamaoka Cover which is not mentioned here, is fantastic. Great music for winter! On heavy rotation together with their equally impressive debut "This shameful burden" for some days now.
Favorite track: In Dying Light.
This split-EP is a jewel among the already amazingly great Hypnotic Dirge catalogue. Blackened doom at its finest with both bands showing talent and top-notch songwriting.
Favorite track: The Breath of the World, Ablaze.
The long-awaited split release between two eclectic southern-Saskatchewan metal acts - Nachtterror and Altars of Grief - is now available to pre-order! Beginning with a Blackened Doom foundation, both Nachtterror and Altars of Grief branch from there and incorporate various other influences into their sound, including death-doom, symphonic black metal, and soundtracks music to create fresh and genuine music rooted in atmosphere and emotion! The album was recorded by Justin Bender (Third Ion / ex-Into Eternity)earlier this year at Blue Door Studio in Regina, SK. If the music itself wasn’t a reason enough to pick up this release, artist Sam Nelson has also drawn two amazing and distinct cover images for this release, presented in all its glory and detail on both sides of the record.
“Of Ash and Dying Light” is being release on a 10” record, and is strictly limited to 300 copies, only 100 of which will be available from the Hypnotic Dirge Webshop!! While supplies last, the record also comes with two 11cm x 7cm Nachtterror and Altars of Grief logo stickers!
Nachtterror is a Canadian Blackened Doom project established in 2004. Focused on creating an epic soundscape with an intense concentration on storytelling, Nachtterror aims to create acaptivating and emotionally engaging doom metal experience.
Nachtterror's music reflects emotional states more so than concepts and ideas. From the violent, agony of anger and suffering to the numb discontent of depression, all states of being are experimented and explored.
As well as the upcoming "Of Ash and Dying Light" split with Altars of Grief, Nachtterror is also currently in works to release a full length album entitled "Judgement".
Altars of Grief
Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan, Altars of Grief was conceived in the frigid, winter months of 2013. The band draws from an eclectic musical background, weaving soaring choral arrangements with powerful, driving death metal; morose, gothic doom and frantic, uptempo black metal passages. In 2014, the band released its debut album, This Shameful Burden and followed up with a tour of central Canada in its support.
Altars of Grief's material on "Of Ash and Dying Light" is an incredible step for the band, delivering some of the best melancholic blackened doom in Canada and following in the footsteps of greats such as Woods of Ypres! Reflective, sombre, and personal lyrics and music drenched in atmosphere, this is definitely a band to watch that has arisen from the Central Prairie Plains!
"This is blackened doom at its very finest. Both bands offer their own individual take on blackened doom with Nachtterror arguably veering more strongly to the blackened side of things whilst Altars of Grief offer up a more symphonic, elegant take on doom with blackened elements. Both bands, however, are masters at their craft and neither one exceeds the other in terms of ability or depth of composition."
"I hate to be obnoxious, but I’ll risk it: Unlike most of you, I’ve heard this entire split, and man, it’s tremendously good. Whatever is in the air in the prairies of Saskatchewan, it’s producing some striking music. Spread the word about these two bands — they certainly deserve to have these songs heard far and wide."
-No Clean Singing
"Basically it could be that we are listening to the ghost of David Gold here and they really send one hell of a shiver down the spine. I think it is fair to say that fans of the late great Woods Of Ypres are absolutely going to love this and its damn impossible not to, this is evocative and heady stuff and those vocals absolutely nail it. Put them together with the sort of musical prowess that bands such as Daylight Dies and Novembers doom excel at and it’s obvious we have a really great band in the making here."
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released July 10, 2015
Lord Vatiel- Vocals
Maelkleth- Guitar, Vocals
Saint Wikk- Guitar, Vocals
Wraith - Bass
Tron - Drums
Altars of Grief:
Damian Smith - Vocals
Evan Paulson - Guitars, programming
Erik Labossiere - Guitars, vocals
Dylan Pinay - Bass
Zack Bellina - Drums
Hypnotic Dirge Records is an independent non-profit record label and webshop based in Saskatoon, Canada. Our intention and raison d'être is to release quality expressive and eclectic art through aural manifestations.
Open yourself to me
Consumed by my misery
Your blackened wings unfurled
And the ashes fell like snow
The ghosts that reside in this place
A reminder of the life that we shared
In you, I saw reflections of a cold, winter day
Where the sun refused to shine
These years have stolen everything from me
But, time can not claim your memory
Time can't take your memory from me
In dying light
I'll carry this weight
In dying light
I'll see your ghost again
The future holds nothing for me
Trapped in the darkness, alone
Tired eyes, cursed to wake to another day
Slipping further down into despair
Track Name: Altars of Grief - Your Heaven
Without your voice I am sightless and alone
Haunted by the memories of a place I once called home
Shadows force their way inside and paint depictions of my grief
I lament for providence but my faith abandons me
Growing cold with every hour of this endless night
The broken wings that expand behind me are incapable of flight
Mired deep within my sullen ruin
Amidst the dust and bereft of your light
Divine hands that crafted your wings
Bind me, hopeless, to my despair
The sands of time, for me, shall fall no longer
This growing darkness I can not escape
Desperate prayers have gone unanswered
I know your Heaven was never in reach
At last, the rain did cease
And a thunderous silence beset me
Grey skies give way
To an aching clarity
You're no longer here
But, I can't forget your face
I need to feel something real
The caress of cold steel
Metallic taste on my tongue
My hands are shaking
But, my senses are numb
I need to feel your pain
I need to know your Heaven is real
Under my own heartbeat
And heavy breath
There is no sound
But, that of time fading away
In these final moments
We are truly alone
Until the silence takes us away
Away from this life