ALBUM RELEASE: Altars of Grief - Iris

March 21, 2018
Altars of Grief'’s new album “Iris” is officially released today. 
[Order Packs available here]



Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new levels of dynamics and textures, and while it is the more accomplished work from the Saskatchewan band to date, it also carries the darkness and light personality that Altars of Grief developed since 2013. On Iris, melancholy and storytelling reaches new depths of beauty and sorrow. Containing equal appeal and oppression in its aesthetic, this new album will raise the bar for Canadian Doom-Death. 

Iris will feature the art of Travis Smith [Seempieces] (Katatonia, Opeth, Anathema). The cover artwork brilliantly depicts Iris’ final moments as she kneels before the winter beset church and embraces her fate. 

Iris tracklist:
1. Isolation (9:22)
2. Desolation (6:27)
3. Iris (6:19)
4. Broken Hymns (8:10)
5. Child of Light (6:59)
6. Voices of Winter (7:28)
7. Becoming Intangible (9:24)
8. Epilogue (2:06)
(Total length 55:59)

Reviews:
"Just as thoughts turn toward Spring and the coming of new life, this should be enough to take the wind right out of those seasonal sails. Death-doom indeed." 
-The Obelisk 

"Altars of Grief remind us that there is no sound heavier than that of our own sorrow, and no art more powerful than that which stirs a yearning in our very souls." 
-Toilet Ov Hell 

"Canada has not seen this caliber of blackened doom in many years, and it’s inspiring to hear what was lost being reincarnated in a new, yet familiar way." 
-Kaje Music 

"With this second album, Altars of Grief crown themselves, without a hint of arrogance, the lords of Canadian doom. "Iris" is so good."
-Ultraje

"Over eight tracks, the quartet melds the finer points of black and doom into a truly stirring composition"
-Noisey

"For all its darkness, Iris also feels at times like a ray of light piercing the all-encompassing night; a small ray of hope in a world that is all-but devoid of such a concept. The emotional catharsis on offer is on par with the greats of doom and gothic metal, and it’s hard not to be swept along by the pull of Iris, embraced within its bleak, yet paradoxically comforting sounds." 
-The Sound Not the Word 





Adjust the light. Fall into Iris. Follow the Canadian juggernaut into a new level of doom and despair.
Order packs for "Iris" - including new shirts and patches - are available in the Hypnotic Dirge shop.

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Altars of Grief Interview with Bringer of Death Zine [March 12, 2018]

March 20, 2018
Altars Of Grief Interview with Bringer of Death Zine
Published:
March 12, 2018
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1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Things have actually been pretty quiet over the past year or so. We've opted to make finishing the record our priority. Unfortunately, back in May of last year, we lost our guitarist, Evan, who I started the band with. Now that the album is almost out, though, things have started to pick ...

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ALBUM PREMIERE: "Altars of Grief - Iris" FULL album stream on Noisey

March 16, 2018
We are pleased to announce some exciting news today. The wait is over! You can now listen to Altars of Grief's new album "Iris" in its entirety courtesy of Noisey.



"Over eight tracks, the quartet melds the finer points of black and doom into a truly stirring composition. Many moments on the record calls to late-era Woods of Ypres (R.I.P. David Gold) like the middle third “Voices of Winter.” There are other moments that showcase a dichotomy throughout Iris. Take the early instances of “De...

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SONG PREMIERE: Altars of Grief reveal a third song "Broken Hymns" from the upcoming new album Iris

March 9, 2018
Over the course of the past few weeks, we have premiered the tracks "Voices of Winter" and "Desolation" from Prairie Blackened Doom Metallers Altars of Grief's upcoming new album "Iris."

Today, we present to you - in partnership with Toilet Ov Hell - the third and last song premiere from the album before the official release on March 21. The new track, available to stream now, is entitled "Broken Hymn" and is yet another example of the band's ability to craft emotionally wrenching and powerful...

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TEASER VIDEO: Altars of Grief - Iris

March 3, 2018
Saskatchewan Blackened Doom Metal band Altars of Grief is releasing their second full-length album "Iris" on March 21, 2018. Check out the video trailer below:



Pre-order packs are available in our shop.
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PRE-ORDERS: Altars of Grief - "Iris" pre-order packages available.

March 1, 2018
The new album from Prairie Doom-Death band Altars of Grief is fast approaching - due for official release on March 21.

We are now taking pre-orders for Iris as well a new limited Altars of Grief shirt, and some larger packs for the true doom fanatics.

Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new l...

Continue reading...
 

SONG PREMIERE: Altars of Grief premieres new track "Desolation" from upcoming album "Iris"

February 13, 2018
Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new levels of dynamics and textures, and while it is the more accomplished work from the Saskatchewan band to date, it also carries the darkness and light personality that Altars of Grief developed since 2013. On Iris, melancholy and storytelling reaches ...

Continue reading...
 

ALBUM NEWS / SONG PREMIERE: Altars of Grief reveals cover artwork and releases a first song from the upcoming new album Iris

January 22, 2018
Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new levels of dynamics and textures, and while it is the more accomplished work from the Saskatchewan band to date, it also carries the darkness and light personality that Altars of Grief developed since 2013. On Iris, melancholy and storytelling reaches ...

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RELEASE NEWS: Altars of Grief to release new album Iris on March 21, on Hypnotic Dirge Records

January 11, 2018
Since its inception in the Winter months of 2013, Saskatchewan's Altars of Grief grew to become one of the most dominant doom metal bands from the Canadian Prairies. In its first five years, it played numerous festival and toured Western Canada on several occasions, developing a bold scenic presence and memorable visual identity. Along with its symphonic signature sound, the band is also known for weaving soaring choral arrangements with powerful, driving death metal; morose, gothic doom and ...

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Altars of Grief Update - February 14, 2017

February 17, 2017
We are excited to announce that on March 16th, 2017, we will begin tracking guitars for our second, full-length album. As always, Justin Bender (ex-Into Eternity, Third Ion) will be at the helm of this production, to ensure that this record sounds as clear and crushing as intended! 

We can also reveal now that the title of this record will be “Iris” and we are shooting for an early fall release. 



Conceptually, Iris is a story very much built on our prairie roots. Told from the perspective o...

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