Release date: June 16 – 2023
Fresh after being signed to From The Vaults, epic doom metallers Altar Of Oblivion announce the release of the EP “Burning Memories”. The five tracks were recorded in 2016 just after the completion of the band’s third full-length. However, the EP didn’t see the light of day until seven years later. However, now, on it, the Danish band conjures up classic timeless epic doom metal, whilst at the same time exploring untrodden ground under the gloomy auspices of the nordic collective. Drummer Lars Strøm decided to leave the band after the EP to focus on his own projects, and thus, “Burning Memories” serves as a great swansong for this potent yet short-lived lineup.
The origins of Altar of Oblivion can be traced back to 2003, when Martin Sparvath (guitars/vocals) and Allan Larsen (drums) formed a duo called Summoning Sickness. Around three years later, this doubtful project morphed into Altar of Oblivion and the entity went from playing simple black/speed/heavy-metal to epic doom metal. To complete the lineup, two new members in the shape of former opera-singer Mik Mentor and bassist/caffeine-addict Christian Nørgaard were recruited, and the band has, so far, several demos, EPs, a live album, and three full-lengths under its belt. Now, a new chapter opens up for Altar Of Oblivion, while the band closes the door on a brilliant past before looking forward for a new album in 2024.
“Epic doom is not a subgenre that many bands even attempt, let alone excel at, still less expand upon, so this Aalborg five-piece deserve mad props for bringing new life to this profound outsider sound. With the frosty melancholy of Candlemass, the mystical drama of Solitude Aeturnus and the barbarian brawn of Solstice, AOO mix in new levels of emotional vulnerability via the Robert Smith-ish vocals of Mik Mentor, and never get lost in sluggish gloom, maintaining trad metal fundamentals with a strong, clear vocal line, a sturdy gallop and a spine-tingling melody” Chris Shantler (Metal Hammer UK)
A1. Burning Memories
A2. Through The Night
B1. Cosmic Chaos
B2. Manic Masquerade