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Altar of Oblivion : Sinews of Anguish

Altar of Oblivion play a pretty traditional form of Doom Metal with epic tendencies. It's quite dark, very heavy and still allows the classic Heavy Metal foundation to shine through. Sort of like early Candlemass mixed with splashes of NWOBHM's darker shades.

The songs range from 5 to 11 minutes in length with some solid riff work, more than it's share of deft solos, and do a good job at creating and maintaining a depressing, very Doom vibe. Vocally, there is the two-fold approach of deep, postured near-operatic delivery and a higher, more sinister delivery calling to mind early Ozzy Osbourne. 'The Final Pledge' is a fine example of this and how well it works. 'Behind the Veil of Nights' shows thier NWOBHM roots with an early Iron Maiden riff and a more head-banging tempo. 'My Pinnacle of Power' begins with a somber intro akin to old Savatage or Queensryche before diving into a 9-minute epic Doom expedition. The sound/style of the band varies very little from song to song but there are no moments of boredom.

All in all, I think fans of Traditional/Epic Doom Metal will dig what's on offer here. Fans of Candlemass, Revelation, Pentagram, Black Sabbath, etc. have another jewel for the collection. It takes some time to allow it to fully sink in, but once it does it will remain there.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Final Pledge
2. Wrapped in Ruins
3. Behind the Veil of Nights
4. My Pinnacle of Power
5. A Retreat into Delusion
6. Casus Deli
7. Stainless Steel
8. Sinews of Anguish

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes.

Visit the Altar of Oblivion bandpage.

Reviewed on 17-08-2009 by Shawn Pelata
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