Album Review: Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars
Posted by Reggie
Release Date: 27 Jan 2015 (US); 23 & 26 Jan 2015 EU and World
Length: 37 Minutes
Genre: Sludge / Doom / Metal!
Sounds Like: Crowbar / Mastodon / High On Fire / Red Fang / Black Tusk
Location: Portland, OR USA
Since Lord Dying’s debut album, Summon the Faithless (2013), they have been slugging it out on the road while working on their new material. Their blood, sweat, and tears will come to fruition later this month when Poisoned Altars unleashes its filthy riffs, gritty growls, and bone-crunching sludge to the metal masses. What should you expect? A short album for starters; chiming in at about 37 minutes. But, don’t let the length worry you, Poisoned Altars more than makes up for it in girth. Not sure where this review is headed…
The self-titled track opens the album with a sizzling introduction; very upbeat with a heavy-ass, pulse-pounding cadence. The song doesn’t get too fast except for a few parts, but stays in a comfort zone of just being very heavy and rhythmic. It gives the listener an excellent taste of what is to come. The Clearing at the End of the Path follows a consistent heavy melody introduced from the first song, but introduces more frequent tempo changes…dare I say…almost like a prog band would.
A Wound Outside of Time, An Open Sore, and Offering Pain (and an Open Minded Center), make up the album’s mid-section and do a great job of being reliably heavy. There a few short solos here and there to mix things up a bit and some slower melodies that often return abruptly to explosive heaviness. I don’t think Lord Dying wants you to forget how heavy and filthy they are because those slow parts turn back around quickly.
Suckling at the Teat of a She-Beast would probably win an award for best song title if there ever were such a competition. I know I’d vote for it. It is also one song on the album that has a punkish/hardcore feel especially the way the vocals sound at the beginning and at varying intervals. They are much less gritty, but still laced with angst. The riff-tastic (All Hopes of a New Day) Extinguished has a nice headbanging cadence perfect for chair throwing as we prepare for the finale, Darkness Remains. The concluding song allows us to leave the Poisoned Altars experience the same way we came into it; getting kicked in the face with chunky, sludgy riffs, heavy drumming, and a vocal style fit for yelling at school kids and scaring the shit out of them. Let’s not forget the lonely bassist. He keeps the rhythm as well and does a fine job. You can actually hear the bass which is very nice.
Finally, the album is a consistent dose of brutally heavy, sludgy bliss. Though Poisoned Altars doesn’t stray far from their center gravity; at 37 minutes it’s the right dose of the wound gouging elements they bring to the table. They have successfully deterred the sophomore curse; Poisoned Altars builds upon the momentum they gained from Summon The Faithless; they will surely forge a greater name for themselves in the music industry.
4 out of 5
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