From Lithuania, once largest country in Europe, emerges ALTAR SHADOWS (ALTORIŲ ŠEŠĖLIAI).
Folk / pagan metal blending electric and acoustic music, ambient soundscapes, original lyrics and classical Lithuanian poetry, male and female vocals to create a memorable work that summons the ancient spirit from the shadows of false temples. In the vein of bands such as DRUDKH, EMPYRIUM, ANUBI, early OBTEST and should be sought out by fans of KRODA, BURZUM, ARKONA, NOKTURNAL MORTUM, TEMNOZOR, VELIMOR, et al. for the combination of folk, pagan and black metal. However always remaining an original and visionary brand of metal.
ALTAR SHADOWS is the dark aesthetic rising from endless yearning. Yearning the values, that now seem rejected and considered to be humdrum, "unpopular". id est sensibility, tenderness, contemplation, love for one's homeland, it's nature, and particularly it's past. The roots of this aesthetic are found in the shadows of foreign altars, where the old Baltic culture wasn't crushed by the power of interloper religion. It is not plainspoken glorification of the Baltic past by using folklore elements in music. True reality of the ancient pagan world is unlikely to be found in here. It is more looking for moments in the present, in which the old reality still echoes... It is living through the wind of spring, through the silence of summer nights, through the rustle of autumn leaves and through the stillness of forests buried with snow... It is encoded in paintings by M. K. Ciurlionis in the poetry of V. Macernis, V. M.-Putinas ir P.Širvys.
Speckledy Falcons is a wonderful album, a work of melancholy beauty. - The Final Age 5/5
Daily Noise: Metal & Punk History
Monday, 18 March
27 Years Ago ENTOMBED & CARCASS live in London (Gods of Grind)
Sunday, 17 March
21 Years Ago HEFEYSTOS record Psycho Cafe
Saturday, 16 March
27 Years Ago SARCOFAGO release Crush, Kill, Destroy
Friday, 15 March
33 Years Ago NAPALM DEATH record From Enslavement to Obliteration
Thursday, 14 March
30 Years Ago SIX BEER record Lengua de serpiente
Wednesday, 13 March
27 Years Ago CRADLE OF FILTH live in Ipswich
Wednesday, 6 March
25 Years Ago PUNGENT STENCH release Club Mondo Bizarre
Sunday, 3 March
30 Years Ago CELTIC FROST live at Hammersmith Odeon