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Old 06-22-2009, 02:21 AM   #1
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Altar of Oblivion - (Epic Doom Metal at it's finest)

EPIC doom metal from Denmark. Sure, you can draw comparisons to other epic doom heavyweights such as Candlemass, Solstice, Scald, etc. but Altar of Oblivion have an extremely unique sound of their own.

They only have a demo and their full length, Sinews of Anguish, which just released a month or so ago (which I will be referring to).

This is epic doom perfection here. The vocals are really special, heavily accented and sung in a very melancholic tone suitable to the very cool subject matter (story about the oft-forgotten brainwashed and/or helpless to resist German soldiers during WWII and various other tragedies of war)and a plethora of vocal hooks that you will find stuck in your head or singing out loud. I have a new vocalist to add to my list of favorites now. There is also a secondary vocalist who sings a few lines here and there and provides an excellent contrasting style of vocals.

The guitarists are both extremely talented. Expect many stellar leads to be peppered throughout the albums nearly 60 minute length. No wankery, just loads of skillful yet emotional guitar goodness. Some of the riffing reminds me a bit of Trouble. Very heavy and depressing.

To top it all off, the artwork/booklet is really cool and expands on the concept of the album.

This is my album of the year thus far, and any fan of doom metal or good metal in general better buy this one.

9.5/10

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Old 06-22-2009, 02:32 AM   #2
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http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=101486

There's the actual MA page

And this sounds really promising, will check out for sure.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:04 AM   #3
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:59 AM   #4
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:40 AM   #5
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Eh....this style of doom kind of bothers me I guess it was ok. Sounds a bit outdated though. I am definitely wording that wrong

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Old 06-22-2009, 09:08 AM   #6
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This is my album of the year thus far, and any fan of doom metal or good metal in general better buy this one.

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Old 06-22-2009, 12:27 PM   #7
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Guys, lay off him. You know he meant 95/100 and doing your own MA search isn't all that difficult.

I've been meaning to buy Sinews of Anguish for a few weeks now. From what I can hear on the myspace, contender for album of the year. Vocalist reminds me a lot of Agyl and the riffing is definitely 80's heavy metal inspired. Fantastic stuff.
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:43 PM   #8
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or 9.5/10 would be the closest I could think of...and if the vocalist is a reminder of Agyl, I don't see why the hell I wouldn't check em out.

They have very tradiontal metal riffs...DUN dun dun dun dun dun dun...DUN dunanaNAna

Cool stuff.
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:45 PM   #9
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Really good stuff..
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:50 PM   #10
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or 9.5/10 would be the closest I could think of...and if the vocalist is a reminder of Agyl, I don't see why the hell I wouldn't check em out.

They have very tradiontal metal riffs...DUN dun dun dun dun dun dun...DUN dunanaNAna

Cool stuff.

Yeah, think grand, powerful, and epic vocals with a Danish accent.
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:05 PM   #11
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Couldn't find a download. Looks like I have to actually buy it =\
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:29 PM   #12
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^ HelloHalo, just buy it you won't regret it.

Enough about the 9.5/100 I made this thread at 2:30am.

But like I said, this is great stuff and should be checked out by anyone remotely interested in doom and/or epic heavy metal.

I've been spinning this one so much I've barely had time to listen to the other 15 or so albums I ordered.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:34 PM   #13
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I finally got Sinews of Anguish and god damn. Just as good as Penis has been saying. My god.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:17 PM   #14
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I finally got Sinews of Anguish and god damn. Just as good as Penis has been saying. My god.


Nice to hear. Sinews is still easily the best album I've heard released this year.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:52 PM   #15
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This band makes me want to listen to them. I wasn't wanting to go on other doom binge, but this band is forcing me to...That's harassment, bitch.

Also, their newest album has such a wicked concept behind it, it's really cool.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:12 PM   #16
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Honestly, I can't even explain how good this band is. I've been listening to Sinews of Anguish so much since I've gotten it.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:27 PM   #17
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Honestly, I can't even explain how good this band is. I've been listening to Sinews of Anguish so much since I've gotten it.


Exactly. Every time I put this album back into my collection I have to pull it back out a few days later and just overdose on it.

I can say without hesitation that this debut is an instant classic.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:45 PM   #18
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It's kind of sad how much your threads are ignored. What a great band...
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:55 PM   #19
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sounds like I gotta check this band out right now.
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:52 AM   #20
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It's kind of sad how much your threads are ignored. What a great band...


I know man I've kinda given up on trying to make threads these days.

So what's everyones favorite song? I'm gonna have to go with tracks 1 through 8.
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