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Ereb Altor - By Honour (9/10) - Sweden - 2008

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: I Hate Records
Playing time: 53:22
Band homepage: Ereb Altor

Tracklist:

  1. Perennial
  2. Awakening
  3. By Honour
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. Dark Nymph
  6. Wizard
  7. Ereb Altor
Ereb Altor - By Honour

Just after having digested the masterpieces of ATLANTEAN KODEX and CROM, the next feast in best Quorthon tradition is on the menu. After a big fart, an epic burp and the spitting out of the last bone fragments I now can also give my full attention to this meal. And once more my palate is treated with finest delicacies. EREB ALTOR are from Sweden and deliver us a very well seasoned slab, which is comparable to the two above-mentioned bands, but far more Doom influenced, but they have roughly the same majestic feeling to their name. Epic Viking Metal on BATHORY’s heels, typically Scandinavian with clear vocals and a dedication that is not common by any stretch of imagination. We are treated to fragile acoustic guitars as well as heavy riff mountains and heroic choirs accompany the whole thing on its trek to Valhalla.

 

Behind EREB ALTOR are only two people, who are using funny pseudonyms, but one of them has been unmasked as leader of ISOLE, another great Doom band from creative Sweden, I would have been really surprised, if these had been absolute newcomers.

 

It is impossible for me to put the majesty of songs such as “Wizard” or the mighty title track into words, this is truly exceptionally gifted and should take your ears and heart by storm. Who likes “Hammerheart“, “Twilight Of  The Gods“ and “Nordland 1 & 2“ will love EREB ALTOR! Promised!

(Online December 30, 2008)

Ralf Henn



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