Aug 1, 2013

Altars / Heaving Earth 'Split Tape' review

ALTARS / HEAVING EARTH
‘Split Tape’
(Nihilistic Holocaust)

Yes, this is a tape only release, fuckin deal with it. All formats have their pros and cons, and there’s just something about cassettes that makes them commendably underground. What really matters is the music, right? And, musically both bands are here to burn their mark on the listener’s mind.

Out of the two, Altars are certainly the harder nut to be cracked, consumed and digested. In fact, there’s this ghastly, uneasy feel creeping out from these two dismal songs that the more sensitive listener might be tempted to skip listening to them altogether, in order to keep one’s sanity intact. Good luck. The horrific atmosphere, the seamless combination of tempos, the subterranean vocals – Altars is a band that you better keep an eye on. Praise the horror. [8,5 / 10]


Heaving Earth is seriously awesome as well, just in a totally different way than Altars. Complex, stellar guitar riffs and quirky solos, monstrous vocals, punishing rhythms - I’d say bands such as Immolation and Morbid Angel are some of the obvious influences here. And that’s meant as a compliment to Heaving Earth, in case you’ve been wondering. If a band could replicate the unearthly vibe of those two bands I say more power to them! [8 / 10]


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