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Album: Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory And Injury

April 24th, 2013

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Altar Of Plagues
Teethed Glory And Injury
Candlelight Records
29 April 2013

by Rob McAuslan

“Impact” is a pleasingly kinetic word to actually say, one of the few that truly feels like the thing it’s trying to describe. The first syllable winds up to the plosive second, giving a real sense of the build and release involved in the whole process. It’s a word that Altar Of Plagues already undersand on multiple levels, with their two previous records landing them directly in the path of huge plaudits and reducing the attendees at their live appearances to stunned, rambling husks. Teethed Glory And Injury already promised to be a significant release for the first half of this year – and then people started to hear bits of it and that first syllable stretched itself to an impossible tension.

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Album: Primordial – Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand

April 25th, 2011

Primordial
Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand
Metal Blade
25 April 2011

by Tom Dare

Part of Primordial’s enduring appeal is their distinctiveness within a genre where sounding like everyone else is all too often worn like a badge of honour. Obviously another part is that they have released scorchingly brilliant records, both in recent times and stretching back into their long career. Four years on from the peat-encrusted diamond that was To The Nameless Dead, the long wait for a follow up is now at an end, with Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand emerging from the mists of Eire.

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