Grand Gesture Of Defiance DenmarkCountry Of Origin: Denmark
Altar Of Oblivion - Grand Gesture Of Defiance

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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2012
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Categories: Doom
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MetalBite Review by JD on 12/7/2012
From the time I first heard the mighty Black Sabbath I fell in love with the slow dirge and massively heavy music that has shaped my life and made me who I am today. Doom has been my favorite style of metal, and my choice for playing in the various bands I have been in. One of the biggest breaths of fresh air I have heard in a long times comes out of Denmark, and has impacted me just like that certain self titled masterpiece from the godfathers of metal did when I was just twelve. It blew my mind.

Altar Of Oblivion plays grand and sweeping Euro-styled Doom Metal, with added American Doom influences. Think sort of in terms of newer Candlemass with St.Vitus textures... epic would been the word to use here. With heavy slow riffs, biting solos and a vocalist that sounds like a darkened Rob Halford mixed in with Messiah Marcolin... this whole album is interesting as hell.

The whole album just screams out to me, as it pulled me in to get lost in its heavy laments of bone crunching riffs that blare out, not to mention the acidic solos that seem to reach out and grab me. Each track is slowed to perfection, heavied up just right and released - but one track stands alone proudly. 'In The Shadows Of The Gallows' is a amazing seven minutes and eighteen seconds of the most amazing Doom and showcases one of the best at doing this grand style of metal.

Buy this album now!!! I hate to be like some sterotype writer, but I think that every metaller need to own this album. Doom fanatics especially will go totally ape with this album, but also I think any headbanger would appreciate this remarkable slab of work. So like I said - go out and buy this album before even opening the next beer.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Atmosphere: 10
Production: 9
Originality: 9.5
Overall: 9.5

Rating: 9.6 out of 10