Album 0101: Altar Of Plauges – White Tomb

Release Date: 2009
Genre: Black Metal/Post Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Earth I – As A Womb (12:03)
2. Earth II – As A Furnace (15:00)
3. Through The Collapse III – Watchers Restrained (09:48)
4. Through The Collapse IV – Gentian Truth (13:10)

Total Length: 50:00

Earth I – As A Womb fades in and sets a creepy atmosphere. The tension that is building is pretty phenomenal. The fast metal kicks in and doesn’t feel out of place at all. It evokes the same feelings as the intro, just in a different manner. I know I repeat this a lot, but I really do love getting entranced by this type of music. You just kind of get into its sway and it has you in its grips.

Of course the track leads directly into Earth II – As A Furnace which continues in the same style. When the black metal section reemerges, I don’t really feel that the higher pitched vocals are the best idea, but they work well enough. The extreme tremolo about halfway through the track is really neat. The rest of it past that point isn’t entirely worth talking about. I’m just not much for the way the vocals were handled.

Through The Collapse III – Watchers Restrained starts off heavy as crap though, and frankly is brilliant. Even with the slightly shorter track time it still feels like more was said and felt than the last track. Through The Collapse IV – Gentian Truth is more of a slow fizz. I don’t mind at all, as it’s very relaxing and the atmosphere is fantastic. I do feel like these last two tracks could have been swapped around. As good as this album is, the ending isn’t much of one. Despite that, this album is fantastic when I’m in the right mood. Sitting back when it’s raining on a lazy afternoon: perfect. Staying late at work and distracting myself with music: not so perfect.

Final Rating: 9/10

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