Altaar – “Altaar”

Altaar – “Altaar” (Indie Recordings)

Psychedelic doom noise from Norway. The brainchild of Andreas Tylden (also known from One Tail, One Head), the beginnings of Altaar began in Vår Frelsers graveyard in Oslo, before he was joined by arts academy graduate and noise-musician Sten Ove Toft (Ryfylke, Faux Pas). The rest is legend. From as far away as Chile interest in their “Dødsønske” demo grew until both pressings were sold out and soon Espen T. Hangård (KILLL, NoPlaceToHide), Kenneth Lamond (JR Ewing) and Didrik Telle (Obliteration) were added. The new band then began showcasing their work at art museums and festivals like SXSW, Øya and Incubat developing an almost surrealist live experience by playing in complete darkness or bathed in the projections of hand-picked films. This self titled debut essentially captures the sum of all parts making up Altaar: there are only two songs, but each is around 20 minutes a piece and to say they are intense is an understatement. Using a succession of sounds from ambient to noise to doom, Altaar slowly crush your senses on tracks like ‘Tidi Kjem Aldri Att’ and ‘Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolutte Na?de’ until you are totally absorbed. This isn’t so much as music but an experience, one where you start a journey and when it’s all over you have long missed your stop – but only to be smiling at that fact.

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