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Release date: 1 January 2014
Style: Death doom metal, Stoner metal


7.6 | 33 votes


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01. Epitaph
02. A World Without End
03. The Spiral Of Decay
04. Steamroller
05. Smoldering Clouds Above Orion
06. The Approaching Storm
07. Out Of Control
08. Darkness Sustains The Silence

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Songs 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 written by Matias Nastolin. Tracks 1, 4 and 6 written by Olli "Otu" Suurmunne. All lyrics by Matias Nastolin.

Guitars, vocals and bass were recorded between March - May 2013 at a home studio. Drums were recorded and engineered by Ari Salonen at MD-studio, Helsinki (Finland) in July 2013.

Produced by Altar Of Betelgeuze. Mixing by Matias Nastolin and Juho Kareoja between July - August 2013. Assistant mixing by Olli "Otu" Suurmunne. Mastering by Javier Félez at Moontower Studios, Terrassa (Spain) in September 2013.

Artwork & Layout by César Valladares. Logo by Ciprian Frîncu.

Staff review by

Hailing from Finland, Finland, Finland, that country where I want to be… your metal so melodic, your landscape unthawed, we have Altar of Betelgeuze. AOB are one of those pentagram shaped pegs that refuse to be easily pounded into a round hole.

On their promo pic, the fiendish Finns are sporting gear dropping Watain, Sleep, Death, and King Diamond. At various points in this release they tread metal ground clearly influenced by each of these artists, though fortunately they leave the falsetto to King Diamond & He Man*

published 28.01.2014 | Comments (13)

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01.01.2014 Start your year off on a good note with the debut from this interesting Finnish group. Harsh and death doom-ish at points, but also has a surprisingly groovy edge to it, with clean vocals that sound as if they could easily fit in your typical desert stoner band.

Check out a few tracks on their Bandcamp, "The Spiral Of Decay" in particular.

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Nefarious - 16.12.2013 at 18:21  
  From the three songs i've heard so far, I can confidently say I expect this to be one of my favourite releases from 2014.
Nefarious - 16.12.2013 at 18:23  
  Here's the links to those songs in case anyone is interested:


Marcel Hubregtse - 16.12.2013 at 18:28  
  I immensely enjoyed their demo. So am really looking forward to this album.
Zaph - 01.01.2014 at 05:45  
Rating: 7 That description in the staff pick sounds very interesting, will definitely check it out asap.
Nefarious - 01.01.2014 at 10:26  
  I was gonna staff pick this today too but Apothecary beat me too it This really is a fantastic album throughout with a real nice mix of heavy & melodic while always maintaining an infectious groove. Thier 2012 EP was already great but this is a real step up. "The Spiral Of Decay" is the standout track for me too although I enjoyed every song off this.
Chobo_jokeR - 01.01.2014 at 23:35  
Rating: 9 Wow… when I turned on "The Spiral of Decay" I couldn't have asked for a groovier sound. January 1 and we're already treated to a gem like this.
NorthernDickhead - 03.01.2014 at 09:34  
  Good staff.......groovy,heavy,that's The idea of Stoner. I like vocals too.
theembryo - 05.01.2014 at 03:45  
  "Smoldering Clouds Above Orion" and "The Approaching Storm" seem to come from the 'At The Shrine Of Light', yes? I enjoy the hell out of the release. As usual, very well done by Apothecary and MS Staff!

A Good New Year to All!!!
Chobo_jokeR - 17.01.2014 at 03:59  
Rating: 9 Nice to have some flavour sprinkled into my death doom! Awesome album. Glad I was finally able to listen to it.
Diverge - 20.01.2014 at 06:07  
Rating: 7 The songs are decent, but I find the mix tends to go from soft to loud in a really annoying way. I don't know if it's just the download, but this has significantly dampened my listening experience and as a result, I'm probably not even going to give this an 8.
Erik M. - 01.03.2014 at 18:37  
Rating: 7 Good album. But I'm not fond of the clean vocals at all. And I agree with Diverge about the heavier and "soft" parts. It's rather annoying.
Dima - 06.02.2015 at 02:29  
  Ye the clean vocals are cringe :/

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