Altars Of Grief are a band from Regina, Saskatchewan that plays a mixture of black and funeral doom metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Iris" which will be released on March 21st by Hypnotic Dirge Records.
Stringed instruments start off the album along with some drum beats and clean playing a few seconds later which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs along with some melodic singing being used at times as well as the music capturing the heaviness of funeral doom metal.
Whispers can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the vocals also bringing in a great amount of black metal scream while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when the music speeds up a small amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard, death metal growls are also utilized at times and as the album progresses spoken words and acoustic guitars are also used briefly.
Altars of Grief plays a musical style that takes atmospheric black metal and mixes it with funeral doom metal to create a sound of there own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover depression, failure, emptiness, and death themes.
In my opinion Altars of Grief are a very great sounding mixture of black and funeral doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Desolation" "Broken Hymn" and "Becoming Intangible". 8 out of 10.