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Ascetic Reflection

by Altars

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269 Removing all the cool kid speak of OSDM, Dissonant, blah blah blah (get a grip idiots. Riffs are riffs and metal is metal), this album hits the spot and scratches those extreme itches. Worth your money and time, not silly meaningless labels. Recommended. Favorite track: Luminous Jar.
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klBlk Long awaited return! Fuckkkk
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Bart Swirling chaos and madness!! Favorite track: Perverse Entity.
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charles pure fucking dissonance. brutal, angry, and sick. it delivers the same terror that many modern cavernous death bands do, without relying much on reverb, instead opting for a touch of technicality and a tone that is generally stronger on the high end, a mix that is unique in the modern osdm movement but very welcome.

listen at your own risk. Favorite track: Black Light Upon Us.
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Lovdahl, Ian Descriptors like “OSDM” and “dissonant” are for idiot cool kids? Someone pissed in old man 269’s cornflakes, lol get a grip, gramps.
Anyway, I love a loud power trio and Altars BRINGS IT on Ascetic Reflection. It’s a grower, for sure, but I’ll see this album on my year-end list, for sure. Favorite track: Anhedonia.
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𝖙𝖜𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖉𝖘𝖔𝖓𝖔𝖋𝖜𝖆𝖙𝖘𝖔𝖓 thumbnail
𝖙𝖜𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖉𝖘𝖔𝖓𝖔𝖋𝖜𝖆𝖙𝖘𝖔𝖓 Beyond words. This is music anyway. It's experienced and felt. And my words are not sufficient to express how much I love this album, for its death metal sure (superb!) but more so for its brave exploration of where death metal can go. Favorite track: Ascetic Reflection.
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Dejected lone haruspex Forseen inevitable end
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Temporal womb rejects Permutated being Ripped from cosmic bowel Bound in rags Corrupted excrement Scales ulcerated vessel Withered and ossified, swathed in pall Profuse with ripening sores Foetid icon enshrined in ash Ascetic self-affliction Pulping mass Heaps a mound of broken clay With which to scrape itself Perpetual anathema Sulphurous anatomy Derelict sapience Perverse lust for obeisance Eagerly consumes pestilent spoor
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Luminous Jar 05:50
Murmuring pithos At austere nexus Itself having swallowed All miseries of flesh So have I beheld it Solemn and profane Radiant with gravity Forments desire Insatiable To perceive To penetrate To pierce me Subsume (unto me) Obscure luminescence Pours from sacrosanct orifice Arcane malevolence Bilious maledictions Flow vessel to vessel Until all are filled The way of souls is lit
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Time is Time is Time is From conception to being Time is Time is Time is From energy To energy To energy To conception To being To vision To light To fire To black To being To conception To energy From energy To black To black I bring the light And the air and the fire and The word and the sound That is black Lyrics adapted from Aldo Tambellini’s Painted Poem (1965).
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I deny carnal weakness Impurity, putridity Pull of basal impulse Abhorrent hedonism I flay my skin My flesh, mortification Dispose of frail rot Transcending thresholds To commune with inner worlds Buried beneath mortal façade Transcend thresholds In hermetic martyrdom The path to divinity Is laid upon the bones of dreaming dead
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Anhedonia 04:17
Viscera coalesce Transmute into being Homunculus Receives Immaculate Breath Awakening in squalor Wet in shallow pool of melted bodies Obtains its gift Of unending mortality Haemorrhagic entity Thrust out from barren caecum Pustulent corpse reanimate Steeped in putrescence Tows defleshed to zenith Flaccid limbs raze the shrine Observes in dominion Pathetic miasma of human waste Unmoved by artifice Considers its judgment
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Pentacle of horrors Exhume squalid tomb Black bile dissolving bonds Heaving odium Rejecting banishment Crawling swollen with effluvium Seeking the gateway Spewing forth from the aperture Opening of the passage Dredged up within decayed utmost chasm The mortal curse escapes futile confinement Its ouroboric cycle perpetuated Thick with sour redolence of recomposed godflesh The revealed shall be hidden What is closed shall thus be opened Ignominious forms Rising from foul abyss Gathering relentless Seeping coagulant of eldritch putrefaction Viscid caustic fluxion Interdimensional vomit Quickening toward the seal Manifest eidolon grasp the boundary Ruptured bowels of contagion Spewing forth from the aperture Opening of the passage
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about

Bear witness to 'Ascetic Reflection', the long awaited return of the Australian power-trio ALTARS.
In eight tracks spanning 40 minutes, the group bends Death Metal to its will in new transcendental forms. An evolution that reflects and expands upon the sound established by the group's critically acclaimed debut 'Paramnesia'.

'Ascetic Reflection’ is the long-awaited follow up to the bands debut — an evolution that reflects and expands upon the sound established by Paramnesia. Engineered, mixed and mastered entirely by the band themselves in January 2022 — Ascetic Reflection is an arcane and powerfully organic culmination of the renewed trio's efforts.
Adorned by a sweeping gatefold painting by Adam Burke, and a series of internal collages created by Derek Setzer, ‘Ascetic Reflection’ interrogates one’s perception of the self. The opposing halves of the work, each reflecting outward from its centre, form mirrors by which to measure humanity's true face — inverse views of its ouroboric cycles, mortal burdens, and futile lust for power, knowledge and the divine.

Enigmatic Australian Death Metal entity ALTARS rose sharply to prominence with the release of their 2013 debut ‘Paramnesia’ (Nuclear Winter Records/Blood Harvest). The record quickly drew widespread acclaim for the band's dynamic, forward thinking compositions — hearkening to the genre's forebears whilst carving a niche all their own.
After a premature halt, in part due to a debilitating illness affecting co-founding member Cale Schmidt (vocals and bass, see also Monomakh), ALTARS entered a long period of dormancy. Guitarist Lewis Fischer joined the ranks of Melbourne outfit Ignivomous, while drummer Alan Cadman entered the fold of Adelaide’s occult StarGazer. All the while, ‘Paramnesia’ continued to gain status as a cult classic and glimpse of the band's true potential.
After eight years of silence, 2021 saw a revived ALTARS announce its resurrection with the promise of a new full-length album, and then the recruitment of Brendan Sloan (Convulsing) to fill the void on bass and vocals — cementing the band as a force to be reckoned with once more.

For fans of Ulcerate, Gorguts, Portal, Dead Congregation.

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released July 8, 2022

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Ascetic Reflection was recorded and engineered by both Brendan Sloan and Lewis Fischer at Twin Earth Studios in Adelaide, Australia — January, 2022.
Mixed by Brendan Sloan and Lewis Fischer at their respective studios in Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia. Mastered by Brendan Sloan.
Additional vocals on Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Cale Schmidt.
Soma Labs Ether on Black Light Upon Us, slide guitar on Opening the Passage, bowed cymbal and Soma Labs Dvina on Inauspicious Prayer by Lewis Fischer.
Additional guitar leads on Opening the Passage by Brendan Sloan.
Cover art by Adam Burke.
Liner art by Derek Setzer.
Layout and graphic design by Lewis Fischer.
The Altars logo is drawn by Christophe Szpadjel.

Brendan Sloan - Vocals, Bass
Lewis Fischer - Guitar
Alan Cadman - Drums, Percussion

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