Altar (Holland) – In The Name Of The Father

DEATH/THRASH METAL.  Holy shit, I like death metal, and I like thrash metal, so when you combine the two I must just CRAP MY PANTS IN GLEE.  Except not because this is pretty rote death/thrash, you know, exactly the sort of thing you’d expect from Pavement music, the label who turned their preference for a hot dog every day to a steak once a week into a cavalcade of monotonous chugging and mid-’90s death metal represses that no one was asking for.  Really, as soon as I see that an album was released on Pavement it’s practically a bullet to its head right there.

I’ll give Altar one thing: they’re better than the average Pavement slave.  They play basic death/thrash metal with lots of grooving strummed riffs and shouting vocals mixed with blasting, Deicide-inspired death metal.  It’s not amazing, but it’s relatively easy to listen to without falling asleep.  It’s not like Relentless or something similarly bland and stale.  However, it is death/thrash and pretty much nothing else; it has no real depth to speak of or hidden talents.  What you hear on the first listen is what you’re going to hear on any subsequent listen.

The production is good and clean and heavy and the guitar tone is standardly fierce.  The riffing is pretty catchy a lot of the time if nothing deeply original, and the vocals are executed with enough conviction to make the rather amateurish lyrics seem less absurd.  As I said, it’s nothing to get excited over, but I’m hardly going to complain about an album that sets its goals pretty low and manages to attain them.  It’s above average for modern death/thrash, and while it does slip into repetition and predictability sometimes, it’s predictable in a good way, like a familiar blanket.  Except my blanket never talked about how much it hates Christianity.

So yeah, I guess you can get this or not and you won’t be really missing anything.  If you just want another decent metal album, you can’t really go wrong with this one, since it can be found stupidly cheap just about anywhere.  If you can get it for like $6 or under, I’d say go for it.  Not amazing but nowhere near as bad as a lot of other, more well-known material out there.

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~ by noktorn on July 28, 2008.

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