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LORD DYING

"Poisoned Altars"

By Lord Randall


As much as Portland, Oregon's LORD DYING (or their label, most likely) would have you believing the genre in which they frolic is “sludge metal”, I call bullshit. In this day of click-to-play, and finding that obscure Cascadian/Viking/Unblack band from Peru's demo in 5 seconds as opposed to 5 months, if ever, every nuance, every hiccup in metal screams for a sub-sub-subgenre to be created. Again, bullshit. (Insert jaded rant about “nowadays metal” and “when I was starting out in metal” here). Let's just say, I came up during the time when IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER, VENOM and SAVATAGE were metal, simple as fucking that.

To its credit, Poisoned Altars is a throwback to that time, respectful without being “retro”, influenced “by” rather than imitation “of”. Throughout the album's 35+ minutes, you'll hear the aforementioned SLAYER (listen to the opening title track and tell me you don't), LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR and just enough new jack MASTODON-gone-primal to appease the up-and-comers. You'll also hear a fair bit of LORD DYING, the plodding 'Offering Pain (And An Open Minded Center)' stacking up nicely against the punked-up pugilism of 'Suckling At The Teat Of A She-Beast'.

All in all, Poisoned Altars may not win any awards for being forward-thinking or genre-defying. What will do, however, is cause uncontrollable headbanging and horn-throwing. And isn't that what metal's about anyway?