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AELTERS - Dusk Dawn / Follow You Beloved (re-issue) - CD - Crucial Blast Industries - 2011

review by: Monte Cimino

 

Alters, now spelled "Aelters" per the artist's Discogs.com page, is one half of the Idaho gothic doom duo Wolvserpent (formally Pussygutt). Phew! Lots of name changes here... At any rate, this set compiles the first two limited edition vinyl only Aelters releases on two CDs for the first time.

 

Slow picked, stark acoustic guitars, subtle vibrato-strummed clean electric guitars, gritty, fuzzed-out electric guitars, ethereal, wordless choral-style vocals, fragmented piano segments, and drones create sound worlds that are dark, moody, and atmospheric. What makes this music stand above others in the genre is Aelter's ability to produce a song that has compositional focus and integrity. Seemingly disparate parts blend into one another, guitar lines are meticulously stacked on top of each other, drones fade in and out, conjuring images straight out of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road, while the vocals pave a direct path to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Do yourself a favor and check this out. (8.5/10)

 

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ISSUE 74
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-AN)  (A-B)  (B-C)  (C-D)  (D-G)  (G-H)  (I-J)  (K-L)  (L-M)  (M-P)  (P-R)  (R-S)  (S-T)  (U-Y)  (Z-ZA)

ABACINATE
Genesis

ABYSSPHERE
Shadows and Dre

ACID WITCH
Witchtanic Hell

AELTERS
Dusk Dawn / Fol

AETERNAL SEPRIU...
AETERNAL SEPRIU

AL NAMROOD
Estorat Taghoot

ALTROCK CHAMBER...
Sonata Islands

ANGELUS, THE
On a Dark & Bar

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