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 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. 



A few weeks ago, we premiered the track "Voices of Winter", a fitting representation of Altars of Grief's light and dark duality which has come to perfectly encapsulate this Prairie Doom Metal entity. Today, in partnership with No Clean Singing, we present the pernicious track "Desolation". With its unrelenting and cascading sound of unyielding anxiety and grief, "Desolation" captures the more Blackened sound in Altars of Grief's palette. 

From No Clean Singing's article: As an emotional experience, desolation can take different forms, ranging from the kind of devastating collapse that leaves you hollowed out and numb, to a grief so severe that it’s wrenching and raging. In this Altars of Grief song, those experiences seem to be entwined. At the outset it builds to a swelling roar of sound, a combination of powerful blasting drums, rapid-fire spiraling bass notes, and throat-splitting vocal extremity. There is an edge of tension in the turmoil of the music — and then the tension suddenly breaks when clean vocals come in, and the mood of the music moves in a more soulful but still deeply sorrowful direction.

The song resumes its powerful surge, but then abruptly collapses into a slow, doomed stomp, while the vocalist shrieks the pain of anguish. And one more musical shade of sorrow lies ahead, one that will get heads moving from the darting riff and tumbling drum beats, but one that will also remind you, through a soulful dual-guitar solo, that this is a grief that won’t go away.



Iris will be presented in a gorgeous 4-panel digipack with artwork from the acclaimed artist 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. 

For fans of Woods of Ypres, Adora Vivos, October Tide, and Swallow the Sun. 

Those who stare at the dying light will fall into Iris. 

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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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Altars of Grief will collaborate with cellist, Raphael Weinroth-Browne on upcoming album!

December 8, 2016
It is a huge honour for us to announce that we will be working with renowned cellist, Raphael Weinroth-Browne, on the new Altars of Grief record!

Raphael is the cellist and composer of The Visit, as well as being a member of the neofolk group, Musk Ox. He has also contributed his talents to some of our favourite albums by Woods of Ypres and Thrawsunblat.

Raphael has already given us a very moving sample of what we can look forward to and we are beyond excited for his involvement in this project...

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HDR_01 - Approaching the Altar (Altars of Grief)

September 9, 2016
Presenting a new HDR video series!
Episode 1: Approaching the Altar - Altars of Grief



We will be making introductory vignette videos for our bands in order to give you some info about our bands' histories, themes, music, and current status. Thanks to HDR's official videographer Erik Labossiere from Wikked Twist Films for his great work! More episodes to follow.


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Altars of Grief Video Update

April 3, 2016
Altars of Grief Update from April 2016.
Find out what the band is currently focused on, including new shirts, shows, and a new song preview at the end of the video!





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Altars of Grief / Nachtterror "Of Ash and Dying Light" included on two " No Clean Singing" year-end lists

January 15, 2016
At the end of each year comes various year-end lists from many music blogs. The Nachtterror / Altars of Grief split release "Of Ash and Dying Light" , released this past summer, was included on a writer from No Clean Singing's year-end list, and Altars of Grief was included on a slightly different category. Links and quotes below.


This year’s list probably features the most rule-breaking...

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Altars of Grief Interview (Smith) with Dead Rheteric Webzine [August 21, 2015]

August 29, 2015
Altars of Grief (Smith) with Dead Rheteric
Interview by: Kyle McGinn
Published: August 25, 2015

You describe yourselves as “Prairie Doom” on Facebook.  Could you elaborate on this?

What's more abysmal than the solitude of an 8 month winter? Endless skies, violent storms, frigid temperatures and desolation; put simply, we're inspired by our surroundings and our music is a reflection of that!

Who are some of the band’s biggest influences?

I think that everybody in this band draws from a differe...

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ALBUM RELEASE: Nachtterror / Altars of Grief - Of Ash and Dying Light

July 9, 2015
ALBUM RELEASE: Nachtterror / Altars of Grief - Of Ash and Dying Light
July 10, 2015



Today is the official release date of the Blackened Doom Metal masterpiece split album "Of Ash and Dying Light" from Nachtterror and Altars of Grief! Head over to our Bandcamp page now to hear the split in its entirety, and be sure to also download it to receive the digital-only bonus songs that are not streaming on the page!

Those who pre-ordered the vinyl should also head over to the Bandcamp page to download t...

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