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real. AOP 100% Intense,
This review is from: Teethed Glory And Injury (Audio CD)
I like this disc much better than 'Mammal'. As good as 'White Tomb'.
What Altar Of Plagues does on this CD is break their own barriers and it is very rewarding to the listener. Its different. This is a VERY Black CD. Much more Black Metal than 'Mammal'. But its also very unique, twisted and downright excellent!
The best part of this Disc, is it gives the listener options. AOP has pretty much reached their peak with 15 minute plus tracks. As much as I liked the anticipation of those slow, creepy dirges, I always wondered if they could hit the mark and cut those pieces down. After all, not many are always in the mood to listen to a 15 minute track. This CD gives the listener the option of totally skipping the ambient, mid-section and you can get the experience in the surrounding tracks of 4-5 minute gems. These tracks are EXTREMELY intense. Brutal. The best material they have done so far.
BUT this is not to say its an easy listen or that any of it can be background music. These tracks are true, creepy, blast-beat infused Black metal (no stupid satanic lyrics) with some extremely intense effects. The things you like about their previous stuff is all here but condensed, and where the band may not have many new ideas musically, sonically this CD is a trip. The layers and sound effects, the venom spouting Vocals (at times are nearly as creepy as the cult classic by Silencer-'Death Pierce Me'), the chants, percussion, The different Guitar sounds they use and the production of the drumming to suite the tracks, is very good. The Ideas these guys have are astounding, yet all bleak. They really tried to inflict more technological trauma with this CD and have succeeded without losing an ounce of intensity. Quite the opposite really. That is what will make me keep coming back to this CD more than 'Mammal'. I can tell there are hundreds of things I have not even heard yet. This is 'White Tomb' on steroids.
I hear traces of Leviathan, Bathory, and even Tool(Guitar sound)on this CD. But it is 100% AOP. Make no mistake.
If you gut out the midsection, this CD is a slab of nearly perfect, bleak Black metal. VERY intense, excellent production, great musicianship for this style and original as hell. This band has really outdone themselves by cutting out some of the fat and just going for it.
And on the days you have nothing but time, listen to the entire thing. The ambient sections do add a lot to the overall experience.
Altar of Plagues' best.