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
2. Satan Hole
3. Downward Mobile
4. Eternal Sleep
6. High Priest
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
Mastering 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
Shop link: http://lnk.spkr.media/altareth-blood
"Blood" is available on transparent red vinyl LP, blue marbled vinyl LP, and as digisleeve CD.