|Review: Cave Altar - Impermanence|
Year released: 2021
Review online: April 4, 2022
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Cave Altar are a very young act from Hungary that work in old-school Doom/Death, which is not communicated by the odd choice of album cover in the slightest. Despite being a demo, which you'd normally imagine to have more material to show off, there's only one proper song on here in the title track, with the closer "Soul Drift" being an instrumental outro that feels a bit pointless considering the brevity of this release. Still, the one song on here is a good one, with slow, dragging riffs, low, unintelligible guttural vocals, and some solid melodic breaks reminiscent of old Paradise Lost, if not as good. I will say the song could have done with a better resolution, as it fades out without properly resolving, and while the chanted clean vocals in the middle are a great idea, their delivery comes off as bleating rather than haunting, so they could use some work. This is a bit scant for me to get a proper impression of what Cave Altar can do with a full album, which kind of defeats the purpose of a demo in my book, but for what it's worth, the material they do show is promising.
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