Review: Altars- Opposition EP | Christian Music Zine


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Strike First Records

Released July 19, 2011

Reviewed by Anthony Peronto

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As a hardcore band, Altars has a lot going for them. With a death metal tinge and great guitar-work at their advantage, they separate themselves modestly well from the many bands in the genre. Their debut on Strike First Records, Opposition is a good first step of a relatively new but hardworking band.

After a surprisingly impressive intro, Advocate starts off the EP and is a definite highlight of the entire album. You’d think 30 seconds through the song this would be a death metal band along the lines of Impending Doom or In The Midst of Lions. However things change quickly to hardcore with a few chugging moments of metalcore. Severance and The Struggler lean to a more straightforward hardcore sound with moments of death metal littered throughout. While it is a good track, Heresy has a moment of weakness that makes it the weakest track on the album. It worked on The Showdown’s “The Man Named Hell,” but the inclusion of a motorcycle’s engine halfway through just throws off the mood of the song. Volition closes off the EP with a bang even though it’s the shortest song on the record.

With a unique blend of metal and hardcore, Altars brings something a little different to the scene. While the originality is sparse and it doesn’t stay consistently perfect from start to finish, this will definitely be enjoyed by many-a-metal fan.

Grade: 3

Tracklisting:

  1. Opposition
  2. Advocate ft. Chad Ruhlig of Legend
  3. Severance
  4. The Struggler
  5. Heresy
  6. Volition
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