Buzzing Swedish doomsters ALTARETH release their highly-anticipated debut full-length “Blood” today on Friday, November 5.
“Blood” is now streaming in full at:
ALTARETH comment: “And there was much rejoicing…”, smiles guitarist Niklas Sörum. “We are stoked that finally our debut album ‘Blood’ is released today. Give it a spin in your favourite format, folks!”
On their debut full-length “Blood”, ALTARETH serve their sludgy guitars low and slow, with a slab of fuzz and a side of doom in massive portions. The Swedes from Gothenburg have built their musical foundation on a melding of heavy riffs and memorable melodies that is carried on four pillars of soaring vocals, fuzzy guitars, pounding drums, and fat, resonating bass.
Thematically, “Blood” revolves around the dynamic relationship between the eternal and the imminent spheres of existence, communicated through elemental ideas like blood, sleep, and the moon, as well as delving into more immediate human struggles, and the notion of lives played out in an era of quantity over meaning.
Since their formation in early 2013, ALTARETH have conjured a musical spirit filled with crunchy and harsh guitars that shows their passion for true metal, which is refined by the sludgy tempos of epic doom and layered with haunting vocal melodies that float across and above.
ALTARETH take influences from a wide range of contemporary bands such as UNCLE ACID, SLEEP, ELECTRIC WIZARD, WINDHAND, and PALLBEARER, but also from canonical outfits like ST. VITUS, PENTAGRAM, BLACK SABBATH, and their compatriots CANDLEMASS. Swedish metal has clearly left a dark mark as ALTARETH also quote BATHORY, OPETH, and MARDUK as sources of inspiration. Apart from the obvious, the Swedes listen to a wide range of bands including CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, RADIOHEAD, KING CRIMSON, NEIL YOUNG, and GUNS N’ ROSES, among many others.
Driven by such eclectic tastes, guitarist Niklas Sörum set out to encounter like minds with whom to create a filthy and massive yet melodic outfit that could energize the scene with much needed fuzzed-out quality down-tuned songs. When he finally found Mats, Sven, Paddy, and Vigfus, ALTARETH were born.
Now the Swedes’ debut album “Blood” more than fulfills the massive promise ALTARETH have shown from the day of their inception and early demos.
Release date: November 5, 2021
Paddy Strömberg – vocals
Sven Lindqvist – guitars
Niklas Sörum – guitars
Mats Lindgren – bass
Vigfus Valgeirsson – drums
Mixed and produced by Freddie van Eijsden at the Altareth HQ and various locations around Göteborg, Sweden between March 2019 and December 2020
Mastered by Anders Lagerfors at Nacksving Studios
Drum recording of tracks 1, 2, 4 & 7 by Kenny Boufadene at Studio Meltdown
Artwork by Emanuel Petersson
Photo by Daniel Bävernäs
“Blood” is available as transparent red vinyl LP and digisleeve CD.