Review from Thy Demons Be Scribbling

July 12, 2016
From: Thy Demons Be Scribbling
Published: July 11, 2016
In the first two tracks Nachterror deliver a style infused with darkened atmosphere and elements of funeral doom executed with epic flair, emotion, fluid prose, precision and style. I’m a sucker for grandiose battery/salvo work (drums) it would be untoward of me if I weren’t to mention the remarkable talent on display ala Misery Index/ Dying Fetus. Overall a style that puts me in mind of a mid-era Amorphis, even in instances Swallow the Sun but with more of an emphasis on symphonic darkness intertwined with blistering, technical, black metal. An altogether amazing style bordering on avante garde (or slightly ‘different’ than the norm if you prefer).

Altars of Grief have an unmistakable Novembers Doom vibe, that of beauty and sweeping melodies, add to that epic themes and mid-tempo groove laden death and black interludes reminiscent of My Dying Bride with a dual vocal arrangement (clean traditional and unholy shrieks) and you have an act that demands attention.

Overall an excellent showing from two acts that boldly state that Canada is no place to overlook in relation to metal with a grandeur edge. Pick this up and keep an eye on both very promising acts.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review from Heathen Harvest Periodical

June 5, 2016
From: Heathen Harvest Periodical
Published: June 4, 2016

Bands like Nachtterror and Altars of Grief certainly challenge any preconceived notions people may have of  metal bands. Both contain a subtle beauty that is more classical than any of the other images the genre conjures up, and the emotional aspects of both could bring anyone to their knees in despair. This is an excellent split between two bands that fit well together in their attempt to show how moving this music can be.


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Review from SicMaggot Webzine

December 15, 2015
From: Sicmaggot Webzine
Published: December 3, 2015

Úplně na rovinu, kapel jako Altars of Grief nebo Nachtterror bych si za normálních okolností nevšiml. Oba spolky se netváří nijak výjimečně, slova chvály na jejich účet adresovaná jsem nezaznamenal a nebýt kanadského vydavatelství Hypnotic Dirge Records, o jejich existenci bych jednoduše nevěděl. Jenže už v minulosti se prokázalo, že ignorovat nahrávky tohoto sympatického lejblíku se nevyplácí, a kdy...

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Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

October 12, 2015
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: October 11, 2015
La città canadese di Regina è la località che dà vita allo split "Of Ash And Dying Light", le band coinvolte provengono infatti dal capoluogo della provincia del Saskatchewan, ma questo non è l'unico elemento che hanno in comune: la presenza di Erik Labossiere — chitarra e voce — e soprattutto la dedizione a sonorità a cavallo tra Black e Doom Metal caratterizzano queste due realtà, seppur in forme leggermente divers...

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Review from Lords of Metal

October 12, 2015
From: Lords of Metal
Published: October 1, 2015

This 10” contains two bands from Saskatchewan in Canada. This vinyl disc is limited to 300 copies and contains two songs by both bands. There’s also a digital edition on which there are three more songs. I’ll stick to the 10” though as that is the one that was sent to us. 

On side A we get Nachtterror; a band that mixes black metal with doom and comes across as a mix of Morgion and Dimmu Borgir to my ears. It’s heavy and bomb...

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Review from Metallifer Blog

September 8, 2015
From: Metallifer Blog
Published: September 6, 2015

Hypnotic Dirge Records a sorti cet été un très bel album. Il s’agit du split réunissant les groupes Nachterror et Altars Of Grief. Ce split se présente comme un vinyle qui réunit 2 titres par groupe avec deux visuels différents chacun pour chaque côté de l’album. Cet album existe aussi en format numérique avec des titres bonus.

Side A - Nachtterror
Nachterror est un groupe canadien actif depuis 2006 qui a à son actif ...

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Review from

August 7, 2015
Published: August 5, 2015

About six months ago, we reviewed Altars Of Grief's debut release 'This Shameful Burden', and in a subsequent interview learned that this was to be the next project: a 10" split with fellow Saskatchewan act Nachtterror through Canada's Hypnotic Dirge label. A limited run of 300 physical copies in a doublesided cover - 100 going to each of the bands and 100 to the label webstore - with free stickers from HDR, parallels the earlier-in-20...

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Review from Bravewords

August 7, 2015
From: Bravewords
Published: July 29, 2015

Amazing that there are two bands playing blackened doom from Saskatchewan, but here's some evidence, a spit 10" featuring both of 'em. Altars Of Grief prove to be adept at both sludgier doom sounds and more flamboyant black; me, I definitely prefer the former, and while I applaud their attempts at singing it comes off a bit flat and distracting. Generally, though, a good mix of sounds here, the doom accentuated with blasting black, and the ...

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Review from Toilet Ov Hell

July 27, 2015
From: Toilet Ov Hell
Published: July 27, 2015

Note: This is a record swap. Spear gives an introduction on the release and swaps it with Edward who writes the bulk of this review.

Every now and then, I’ll be going through new releases and come across something that grabs my attention and refuses to let go. Perhaps it was because I didn’t expect much from a split by two self-described blackened doom bands, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed both bands. Nachtterro...

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Review from Heavy Blog is Heavy

July 27, 2015
From: Heavy Blog is Heavy
Published: July 27, 2015

Split releases are a common theme in today’s metal underground. It’s a great way for relatively unknown bands with similar sounds to get noticed by putting out splits with friends, and they generally go one of two ways: both parts of the split are great, or one band has a much stronger side than the other. Splits are generally good, because chances are if you pick one up, you like at least one of the bands on it. This review is...

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Songs online: July 10, 2015
Vinyls shipping: August 10, 2015
100 Copies from HDR (300 in total)
Genre: Blacked Doom Metal