Altar - _Altar_
(Displeased Records, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
Say you love Satan, play as fast as you can, maybe throw in some growls and some killer licks here and there and you pretty much have the ideals and philosophies stemming from the music of Holland's five-piece Altar. This is quite brutal death/thrash metal and delivered with quite an enormous amount of intensity and conviction. Throughout _Ego Art_, Altar grow in speed and might as the album carries on, backhanding us with killer cuts like "Truly Untrue", the title track, "Egovernment" and "Follow Me". The thing that I found most enjoyable about the music on Altar was the almost "unstoppable feel" the music revealed. It seems as though the band (for however long a song is) is truly unstoppable once they have such gargantuan grooves and the thrashness focused they don't give up till the last note of a song. Strongly opposed to the Christian faith and way of life, Altar deliver some serious statements and visions with their music and lyrics and it is no wonder why this Holland band has been able to establish a strong underground following and respect from those that follow the faith of the dark one (no... not Darth Vader... Satan!) Album number two on Displeased Records and it's a good one. NOTE: there are some CD-ROM tidbits on the CD as well... find them.

(article published 17/7/1996)

8/12/2000 A McKay Altar: The Shrine Unshrouded
8/12/2000 A McKay 6.5 Altar - In the Name of the Father
9/1/1998 A Bromley 6 Altar - Provoke
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