Altars of Grief is a project intent of global recognition. With a full dedicated lineup, AOG intends to bring their brand of Blackened Doom metal to the greatest heights possible both artistically and promotionally.
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.
Since its inception in 2013, Altars of Grief has been hard at work creating, releasing, and touring in the Central Canadian area.
Releasing a debut full length album entitled "This Shameful Burden" in 2014, as well as, two Music Videos, a Central Canadian tour, performances opening for bands such as Dark Tranquility, Insomnium, Fuck the Facts, and festivals such as Calgary Metalfest and Farmageddon.
"This Shameful Burden" has also been nominated for "Best Metal/Hard Music Recording of 2014" by the Western Canadian Music Awards. (Winner to be announced September 20th, 2015)
In 2015 Altars of Grief released a 10" vinyl split entitled "Of Ash and Dying Light" which was supported by another prairie tour, and has Music Videos releases set for Fall 2015 and a wide assortment of positive reviews online.
All music and lyrics are written by Altars of Grief as well as website media, online promotion and all music videos / promotional materials are filmed in house by guitarist Erik Labossiere.
"Of Ash and Dying Light"
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.
-Hypnotic Dirge Records
No Clean Singing comments: “In Dying Light” is a thoroughly engrossing piece of music, from the isolated opening guitar notes to the huge wave of sound that soon follows it, from the sweeping, exalted melody to the rippling, finger-tapped bass notes and gunshot drum beats, from the anguished snarls to the sombre clean vocals.
The music is a hymn to the beauty found in loss, and it pierces straight and true, with gripping emotional resonance. It hits hard with weighty doom riffs and a building atmosphere of sorrow and wistful remembrance, but there’s a transcendent quality to the music as well — the kind of song that leads you to hit “play” again and again, without even thinking about it. It leaves a haunting memory that won’t let go — but the memory alone isn’t sufficiently satisfying. At least in my case, it’s merely the lure that brings me back to the song, which I think will never wear out its welcome.
www.NoCleanSinging.com's full review