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Altar
In the Name of the Father
Type: CD
Company: Pavement Entertainment
Release: 2000
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 5/1/2004
Revolutionary Dutch DM that utilizes groove licks and mid-tempo rhythm
‘In the Name of the Father’ was originally released in 1999 through Spitzenburg, and now, a year later, sees a US release through Pavement. I never quite understood why this band wasn’t highly courted by the likes of Nuclear Blast, Century Media or Relapse considering their appreciable amount of high quality releases. Perhaps the Displeased Records deal was very firm for the previous three records. Regardless, the group have evolved from brain-dead death metal to this revolutionary new style that is something akin to a frost-giant Pantera. “God Damn You” and “Walhalla Express” are my new “go to” songs for instant aggression and rage. Both cuts are absolutely pulverizing with titanic grooves spaced apart but connected with the vicious double bass. The whole record is fluent with tenacious beats that are set mid-tempo and built on concrete blocks of chugging riffs and Kelder’s blasphemy. Skillful and prevalent, this album improves the sounds of ‘Provoke’ and carries the band into top tier billing.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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