Altar of Betelgeuze are a band from Finland that plays doom/death metal with elements of sludge and stoner rock and this is a review of their 2014 album "Darkness Sustains The Silence" which was released by Memonto Mori.
When the album starts an old school doom metal guitar riff that is dark and haunting kicks in as well as mixing in some melodic leads and the music takes a heavier turn once the intro is over with as well as adding in more melody as well as bringing in drums and bass guitars which enhance the heaviness of the music.
As the album progresses death metal growls start to dominate along a heavy background and there are times when the music speeds up slightly and the spoken word parts that are used on this recording bring a very haunting sound to the album as well as mixing in a small amount of evil sounding Gregorian chants.
When we get further on into the album stoner rock and sludge influences are mixed in with some crushing doom/death metal and melodic melodic vocals that are heavily infleunced by 70's metal start mixing in with the harsher vocals and when guitar leads brought in the really add a lot of color to the heavy and melodic riffs this album produces.
One of the main strengths the album has is the bass leads and the haunting atmosphere the background invokes and the way it shape shifts into heavy doom/death after being in a 70's rock mode is another strong point this album has, this band can easily blend in with the Asphyx and Incantation crowd while also able to fit in with the Sleep and Orange Goblin crowd as well that is how diverse this recording is and once synths are added into certain sections of the music while not taking over the music, it really brings out the darkness.
Song lyrics cover space, death and doom, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as most of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Altar Of Betelgeuze are a very great sounding mixture of doom, death metal, sludge and stoner rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A World Without End" "Smoldering Clouds Above Orion" and "Darkness Sustains The Silence". RECOMMENDED BUY.