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Review: Altair - Altair

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 16:13
Tracks: 4
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 7, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (10 Votes)

Aggression knows no boundaries, not for Swedish thrashers Altair anyway. As odd as it may sound, Altair has been active, more or less, since 1997 but has only recorded a couple of (un-)official demos in that time. Playing cover songs ("Under Jolly Roger" by Running Wild, "Slaughterhouse" by Powermad, "Piranha" by Exodus, etc.), seemed to satisfy the needs of these Swedes up until this point.

Now, in 2014, Altair has taken the next step and has recorded their first ever 4-track EP, a self-titled affair, limited to 150 copies (and a vinyl-only release). Musically, we are dealing with the more brutal side of Thrash, something that sounds both European as well as very American. It's a mixture of both worlds and, what's even more important, the five lads in Altair execute their Thrash Metal in a pleasing way while trying to kick our fancy asses as hard as they can. Vocalist PH Andersson's growling vocals, added to the team's determination to churn out some face-melting Thrash in the vein of Exodus, Slayer, Sodom, Dark Angel and so on, seems to work in their favor quite nicely. All the heaviness they have incorporated into the songs on this EP is similar to what one can find on Dark Angel's classic Darkness Descends album. The guitar duo of Kalle Stenberg and Michel Isberg build monstrous walls of riffs, again nodding to Dark Angel's landmark album. The instrumental track, "Pyroclastic Flow," is pure Dark Angel worship from start to finish; heavy, fast and ripping, a true Thrash fucker of an instrumental. The other songs have strong Thrash muscles but "Pyroclastic Flow" is the showstopper.

Altair has given warning on this promising EP that they are to be taken seriously. Prepare yourself for their forthcoming pyroclastic flows of heavy and brutal Thrash. No one will be safe.

Other related information on the site
Interview with bassist Martin Forsman on October 7, 2014 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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