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Message  gabalgabow le Ven 9 Nov - 21:26

ALTARS (Australia) / HEAVING EARTH (Cze) Split tape out now!
On NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST.

Expect Dark and twisted Death metal!



ALTARS are incaged in Australia and unleash some twisted, abstract obscure Death metal.

HEAVING EARTH suffer in Czech republic and offer two new songs of burning satanic Death metal.

Listen:
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Released as a black tape with violet cover.
Available against 2 Euros + postage from this webshop:
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More infos:
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Other releases available for trade or sale:
-WRITHING (Usa)/ AD PATRES (Fra) Split tape. Fast, kicking and darkened Death metal.
-HERPES (Fra) Doomsday Demo CDr. Morbid Death metal influenced by Autopsy, with Death breath and early Death touches...
-NERLICH (Fin) Innards Demo tape. 4 tracks of Death metal from the grave!
-NECROS (Fra)/ ABNORM (Fra) Split tape. Upcoming Death black from France the obscure way!
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Message  gabalgabow le Dim 11 Nov - 14:13

Prepares toi à des explosions Death metal underground!

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Message  gabalgabow le Dim 2 Déc - 14:03

Salut,

Voici la première chronique de la split tape,
tirée du webzine hollandais CHOCKING ON BILE:

Met de revival van het vinyl, komt in de schaduw hiervan ook de cassette enigszins terug. Het formaat mag dan niet van deze tijd zijn, Nihilistic Holocaust weet wel leuke bands aan elkaar te koppelen voor deze splits. Dat gaat zeker op voor het Tsjechische Heaving Earth en het Australische Altars. Laatstgenoemde levert de eerste twee tracks, waarin het een moderne, maar duistere interpretatie van de Morbid Angel-sound laat horen. Hoewel de uitvoering behoorlijk lijdt onder een slecht geluid, is Altars een uitermate interessant gezelschap. Goeie ideeën, goeie opbouw, goeie songs. De band moet alleen met spoed een goeie studio opzoeken en een full length opnemen. Heaving Earth is een iets ander verhaal. In de recensie van hun full length Diabolic Prophecies noemde ik de band al een bastaardkind van Hate Eternal en Immolation en die stelling blijft wat mij betreft kaarsrecht overeind. De lekker geproduceerde tracks herbergen nog steeds de typische hoekige Immolation-groove en ook de dissonante snelle partijen keren in het nieuwe materiaal terug. De band blijft dus duidelijk bij z'n formule, maar lijkt alleen maar sterker voor de dag te komen. Beide tracks zijn van sublieme klasse en ik kan dan ook niet wachten op een nieuwe full length. Het is jammer dat het geen toegankelijk formaat is, want deze split hoort eigenlijk bij iedere liefhebber in de kast te staan. Heaving Earth is gewoon een band van topklasse, maar ook Altars verdient zeker je aandacht! 4/5
http://www.chokingonbile.net/reviews/1463/altars--heaving-earth

Le nombre de cassettes en circulation continue d'augmenter, la split tape est ou sera disponible bientôt dans des distros situées aux divers coins du globe.

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Re: ALTARS / HEAVING EARTH: Split tape out now! (Death metal)

Message  gabalgabow le Ven 21 Déc - 13:32

Salut,

Une nouvelle chronique de la split tape est dispo sur le blog FATAL GRIND (Allemagne)

Auf der roten Liste der aussterbenden Bild und Tonträger steht das Audiomagnetband gleich hinter der Videokassette und gilt somit als schützenswertes Relikt ohne Lobby. Die Schellackplatte übrigens ist schon ins Reich der Mythen abgetaucht und wird nur noch vereinzelt von unwissenschaftlichen Kryptomusikern gesichtet. Um dem Tape dieses Schicksal der Lächerlichkeit zu ersparen, machen sich immer wieder Enthusiasten auf und widmen ihre Freizeit der Nachzüchtung und des gezielten Artenschutzes. Vereinzelte Musiker wie auch mutige (oder konsequent traditionelle) Label nehmen den Faden auf und erinnern daran, wie der Metal eigentlich in der Szene zu seinem Status gekommen ist, Bands, die heute Geldberge umstapeln, populär geworden sind, das Licht erblickten, und zwar durch Tapetrading. Also ist diese Plattform unbedingt erhaltenswert. Aufgrund dessen, oder wegen starren Tunnelblicks, so genau lässt sich das nun auch nicht sagen, treffen sich nun ALTARS aus Australien und HEAVING EARTH aus Tschechien zu einem Duell A – Seite gegen B – Seite. Im direkten Vergleich ist schnell klar, dass das A, sonst überall die Führungsposition, nicht zwangsläufig tonangebend ist. ALTARS spielen einen straighten Death Metal auf ganz gesundem Niveau, aber auch ohne nun wirklich für Muskelkater und Kopfschmerzen zu sorgen. Immer ordentlich zackig auf die Trommel gekloppt, ab und an Breaks und dann das Gummiband am Hosenbund. Also um Variablen in ihrer Musik sind sie absolut bemüht, die eine zündende Idee ist aber nicht wirklich dabei. ALTARS, die schon einige Jahre durch das Outback trotten, sind auch nicht die produktivsten ihre Spezies, vielleicht fehlt ihnen etwas der Druck, um besser als die namenlose Masse zu sein. Ganz anständige Exerzierübung, ohne fühlbares Potential für den großen Schritt. HEAVING EARTH tanzen da schon auf ganz anderen Bühnen. Bereits ihr 2010er Debüt war, international möglicherweise aufgrund der Unmengen an Releases untergegangen, ein Paukenschlag in punkto Technik und Brutalität. Mit ihrem Part auf dem Band setzen sie das fort, was sie begonnen haben. Dabei werden die Stücke noch verschachtelter, blenden hinter jeder Biegung mit neuen metaphorischen Lichtorgeln. Das komplette Paket ist einfach satter und viel flexibler als das ihrer australischen Kollegen. Straff gepacktes Songwriting mit viel Inhalt sorgt dafür, dass HEAVING EARTH auf ansprechende Weise vreichlich Kurzweil garantiert. Die Produktion ist übrigens auch besser, wo ALTARS, ohne das verurteilen zu wollen, zu sehr nach „Alles In Einem“ im Studio eingetrommelt klingen, machen HEAVING EARTH einen wesentlich besseren Schnitt mit ausgewogenem und druckvollem Sound. Aber das nur als Randnotiz. Also, B hat mehr zu bieten als A, aber auch A haben nicht wirklich billig und gedankenlos irgendwas in den Boden gestanzt. Daraus ergibt sich eine recht fruchtbare Mischung, die sich zur Seele zu führen und verderben zu lassen, kein Fehler sein dürfte. Der Fairness halber muss gesagt sein, dass die 2 Songs von HEAVIN EARTH bereits im Sommer auf einer 7er erschienen sind und hier auf anderem Medium quasi die 2. Luft kriegen. Somit besteht nicht unbedingt Handlungsbedarf, das Tape auch wirklich noch beim Schlittenlenker anzumelden. Aber als Verteidiger gefährdeter Arten, kann man das für sehr kleines Geld ruhig machen. http://nihilistic.voila.net/
7/10

La tape est toujours dispo sur https://nihilisticholocaust.bigcartel.com
Ou en échange d'autres démos format K7, CDr ou autres...

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Re: ALTARS / HEAVING EARTH: Split tape out now! (Death metal)

Message  gabalgabow le Jeu 11 Avr - 11:26

Salut,

Dernièrement pas mal de news sont arrivées au niveau de la split tape.

D'abord, voilà 5 nouvelles chroniques.

Ensuite ALTARS ont trouvé deux labels pour la sortie de leur prochain enregistrement: Leur album longue durée sortira sur Nuclear winter et Blood harvest, en CD et vynil.

La tape est toujours dispo contre 2€ + port ici:
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DEAF SPARROW Webzine (Usa)
Back in the day we gave Altars 2008 self-titled demo 3 and a half sparrows and made a point to shed a light on their brutal skills and not so much on their claim of being an atmospheric death metal band. Now since, times have changed and we know now what they meant. Classifying Altars as a meat and potatoes death metal band, like we did back in the day, is like classifying Portal as a boring fucking death metal band. I call bullshit on myself fellas. In fact, there is a connection there, both bands do not only hail from the same side of the world, but both share some sonic aesthetics.
What we are talking about is the same curled up and twisty thing. Some may call it Lovecraftian and others opt for the word oppressive. Whatever term or adjective you use to describe what a band like Altars does is irrelevant. The effect of their music is always the same, disorientation and the uneasy feeling of having been possessed by one hundred demons. The exorcism has been performed by a dimwit, therefore you are scarred for life. As Altars’ half starts with “Husk”, it is obvious that there is nothing straightforward here. Yeah, it is all fast, it is all convoluted but is also fluent, dexterous, intelligent and well-laid out. There is also the complexity, the forward thinking structures, the intricate drum patterns and the guitars which pummel, recede and stay in the foreground most times and in the background at others, but they are always menacing. Man, how wrong was I!
Their second song is called “Descent” and is less rapid. It’s a solid an disturbing slab of sludge death metal, if you know what I mean. The guitars suppurate with crunch and the deep growls of Cale Schmidt hover omnipresent. The drumming is insane, in its own supernatural plane. First time listeners of metal who are introduced to the genre via Altars may be tricked into thinking that all death metal is this sophisticated. It is not, but Altars definitely think of it on its own terms.
Heaving Earth have a difficult job ahead of them. They need to at least leave up to the same enervating levels of extremity of Altars. A few riffs into their half it is obvious that Heaving Earth are definitely up to the task. Their style of death metal is if not as unorthodox at least as forward thinking. Can you say Morbid Angel? Sure, you can you son of a bitch. Their songs seem assembled by adding oblique riff after oblique riff, but somehow through it all, their songs come as much more straight forward. “I am Nothing” for instance, serves coiling riffs that are sectioned into passages. The drum work is puzzling and the vocals deeper than a black hole, but also a bit mundane. The skill level of the band is impressive, drummer Jirka Zajic is a monster, he drums hard and relentlessly, but also with gusto and detail.
I am always puzzled by the musicianship of extreme metal bands these days. But is one thing to have the technique and is a very different thing to make something good out of your chops. Heaving Earth have talent in spades and these two cuts show that in spades. Their cuts are exhilarating, good showing of their technical and creative efficiencies. Now, let’s just hope that both bands can make full-lengths that live up to the levels of intensity that are in display here.
Bobby Peru. 4/5


PANZERFAUST Blog (Pol)
I was very interested in getting this split tape, as it features one of my favourite Czech bands Heaving Earth, whose 2010’s album “Diabolic Prophecies” did some serious damage to my hearing and after listening session of it I had to answer some questions to the police, who wanted to know why all my neighbors are found dead (dead but dreaming!!!!!!). But OK, Gabriel from Nihilistic Holocaust came with helpful hand once more and provided a copy of “Engulfed”. This split features also band called Altars – I never heard of them before – with their Promo 2012 songs and then Heaving Earth presents completely new material from “Redemption Ablaze” promo.
So, starting with Altars… they’re Australian and play very brutal, almost grinding (not tempo wise though) at times, but also very old school death metal. The sound on their material is very harsh, filthy as hell and brutal as fuck… I really mean that. When I first started to listen to their first track – “Husk” – I was like: “Shit, have they recorded that in a dungeon or tomb or what???”. It did take me several minutes to adopt and get used to this raw production and I must be honest, I still feel like it lacks something. But the music is fine, it is extreme, brutal old school death metal. There’s quite a lot of complexity in their music, but all is devoured by that brutal and tight feeling and gloomy, deep vocals. I don’t feel crazy about Altars music, to be honest, but I like the slow parts of their music, from the other hand though this promotional material definitely lacks a better production (drums especially)… but definitely this band did manage to create an eerie and obscure, almost suffocating atmosphere, so fans of the likes of Incantation or Ignivomous, watch them! Currently Altars have been signed to Nuclear Winter and expect the release of the debut album “Paramnesia” (LP version will be released by Blood Harvest).
And now Heaving Earth… well, I already mentioned that I liked their debut CD, so I was really looking forward to hear “Redemption Ablaze” promo. And man, they did not fail. Great, tight, fast and technical death metal, in the vein of Morbid Angel, Monstrosity, Immolation, Malevolent Creation and few more, mainly American death legends. Both songs from “Redemption Ablaze” rip the guts out and I must say that I really like them both… the riffs, the vocals, drumming and the production - everything sounds great and right from the first second I felt very pleased with Heaving Earth’s music. This stuff is aggressive, is filled with pure energy and if Altars lacked that spark, which would ablaze the speakers, this Czech band did that in three seconds. And that ending part of “I am Nothing” just shreds totally, what an awesome piece of death metal!!!! Cannot wait then for the second album of Heaving Earth, which I hope those guys will do very soon.
Final rate: Altars (65/100) Heaving Earth (85/100) – overall it is 75/100


DEATH DOMAIN Webzine (Swe)
Just the idea that I in 2012 get sent a cassette makes me all warm and fuzzy (Or, well I actually didn’t get the music on cassette, but a CD+MC cover). The return of the analog is welcomed, since that’s what I grew up with. And with that said, over to the actual review….
Altars is a death metal outfit from Adelaide, South Australia. I quite like this filthy death metal that they got going on, it’s rather refreshing to hear something as organic as this in todays computer-age. I’m not really sure if I love the vocals though, that sadly are a bit too low in the mix most of the time. I love the drumwork though!
The first thing that strikes you with Heaving Earth, hailing from the Czech Republic, is the difference in production. While Altars had an organic sound, Heaving Earth has a more modern touch to them. Musically this reminds a bit of Morbid Angel with splashes of Hate Eternal. All in all this is good and well executed death metal, but offers little, if anything, new to the genre. Recommended tracks: Altars – Descent (Pramnesia, part I)


WINGS OF DEATH Webzine (Hol)
Tja, die hele retro / vintage hype zorgt er voor dat vinyl mede aan populariteit wint en daarin inmiddels een onmisbaar item lijkt te worden. Des te bijzonder is het om weer eens een onvervalst cassettebandje tegen te komen. Vanuit Adelaide, Australië vinden we hier Altars, het Tsjechische Praag bezorgt ons Heaving Earth. Deze geografisch wonderlijke combinatie is dus door Nihilistic Holocaust bij elkaar gebracht op een heuse split tape, waarop beide bands elk twee nummers aanleveren.
Altars trapt af in een wat smoezelige oefenruimte geluid. Uiteraard refereert dat lekker aan het old school gevoel, maar het maakt het niet eenvoudig om de band op z'n waarde te beoordelen. Ik heb het idee dat hun tracks Husk en Descent(Paramnesia, part I) nog niet eens zo gek in elkaar zitten. Vrij minimalistische death metal, niet te ingewikkeld, goed te volgen (behalve dat geluid dan) en met leuke ideeën. Vooral Descent is wat afwisselender en bevalt me wel.


METAL REVOLUTION Webzine (Den)
Engulfed is a split release between an Australian and Czech band. Originally released on a cassette this material is old-school in graphics, production and playing.
First band to present their music is Altars. Those Aussies unleash some twisted, abstract and obscure death metal. To be more accurate, the band plays a blackened death metal. They are presented here with only two tracks, namely; ”Husk” and “Descent (Paramnesia, part I)” but it is just enough to get an idea what they are about.
Their sound is raw, brutal and uncompromising, sounding very much like a demo recording. It has its charm, but I feel like it’s getting annoying to listen to repeatedly. Both of the songs are furious with blast beats, intense riffing and insane vocals.
Heaving Earth suffers in Czech Republic and offers two new tracks; “I Am Nothing” and “Into The Depths Of Abomination”. Unlike their fellow colleges from Altars, this Czech band is more technical yet with the similar blast beats quality riffing and bombastic song-writing. Their style of playing is fast and brutal but with a technical edge to it.
It almost felt unnatural to put these two bands together on the same split, since they vary a lot in quality. Heaving Earth sounds more mature and secure than Altars and I can highly recommend them for a listen to any fan of decent death metal. 65/100

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Message  gabalgabow le Mer 8 Mai - 18:29

Salut,

Deux nouvelles chroniques sont apparues:

TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY Webzine (India):
Altars joins forces with Heaving Earth to unleash its subterranean brand of Death Metal influenced by Morbid Angel. In comparison with its self-titled demo, the music is less influenced by Mithras and more by Immolation which is both good and bad. I miss the otherworldly solos reminiscent of Mithras while at the same time the sheer class of Immolation can’t be denied. That said, Altars isn’t a clone band. It’s using the influences to create an ugly, twisted form of music that is bound to knock out a few. Unfortunately the dissonance isn’t given its due because of the crude production. With that sorted, I’m sure the band will impress even the skeptics. The drumming is Alex Hernandez-esque and while that’s a huge compliment, the sound could be much better. From what my elephantine-memory can recall, the music on this tape is far more menacing and focused than on Altars’ debut. That’s always a good sign.
From Czech Republic, you have the underrated dark Death Metal monster Heaving Earth, still awaiting its due. The problem is that people these days don’t appreciate Death Metal in its purest form – they either want mind-boggling technicality and speed, or just speaker-bursting brutality. In comparison with the Australian Altars, Heaving Earth is more straightforward. Again, the primary influences happen to be Morbid Angel and Immolation, and for that the credit must go to Nihilistic Holocaust for this excellent matchmaking. The production again is raw but incredibly heavy, which puts everything in its place. The huge roars of the vocalist make the music sound a lot more heavier, even more so than Immolation itself. The dissonance comes out on this side rather well, which is reminiscent of Immolation in its prime circa the mid-90s.
These days it’s a delight to watch two pure Death Metal bands do it the right way. Altars is more original in that sense but is bogged down by rough sound while Heaving Earth, being more unabashedly Immolation-influenced, is going for the kill.

ATMOSPHERIC Webzine (Pol):
Australijczyk i Czech w jednym stali splicie. Australijczyk na górze, a Czech na dole. Taką oto sobie parafrazą pozwoliłem rozpocząć ten mały wywód na temat kasetowego wydawnictwa, jakim jest "Engulfed". Z HEAVING EARTH znam już się całkiem nieźle, bo w 2011 roku miałem przyjemność katować ich długograj i kilka zdań na jego temat napisać. Dwa kawałki, jakie dorzucili do puli, pochodzą z EPki wydanej ciut przed releasem tegoż splitu. ALTARS natomiast do tej pory nie znałem, a ich wcześniejsze dokonania to inny, drobniutki dzielony albumik oraz demo. Grają całkiem niczego sobie, brzmienie mają ciut liche, ale niewykluczone, że taki też był ich zamiar. Z tym deathmetalowcami to nigdy nie wiadomo czy tak sobie zaplanowali, czy może po prostu nie mieli warunków tudzież nie umieli wykrzesać lepszego soundu. Przez całe osiem minut napierają konkretnie i do przodu, ale z wrażenia mimo wszystko się nie zfajdałem w moje obcisłe leginsy. Jest oukej. Bardziej natomiast interesuje mnie część naszych południowych sąsiadów. I tutaj mamy dopiero prawdziwe mięso! Soczyste brzmienie i takaż muza. Twórcy cieszącego się uznaniem "Diabolic Prophecies" dorzucili tak ostro do pieca, że aż woda w kaloryferach się zagotowała. Ich dwa nieźle rozbudowane wałki dają mocno po uszach. Mamy ostry napierdolec oraz miodne zwolnienie pod koniec "I am Nothing", a także konkretną dawkę dalszej masakry w "Into the Depths of Abomination", która w swej końcowej części również robi niemałe wrażenie. Naprawdę świetny styl, aż się prosi o więcej. Nim jednak pojawi się coś większego ze stajni HEAVING EARTH, zadowolić się będę musiał odświeżanym debiutanckim długorajem. Koniec końców, otrzymałem smakowity splitunio, w którym niezła kapela rozgrzewa mnie swoim jebnięciem przed jeszcze lepszą nawałnicą autorstwa drugiej formacji. Powodów do narzekań nie dostałem.


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