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ALTARETH announce debut album "Blood" and release first single 'Moon'

ALTARETH release first single 'Moon' taken from the forthcoming debut album "Blood"

ALTARETH have released the sizzling track 'Moon' as the first single taken from their forthcoming debut full-length "Blood", which is slated to hit stores on November 5. The Swedish doomsters are also revealing cover art, tracklist, and further details of "Moon" below.

'Moon' is available:

ALTARETH band pictures and other graphic materials are available through this link: (click here for Dropbox)

Altareth 'Moon' taken from the album "Blood"

ALTARETH comment: "Our songs always come together in a collective effort and every member contributes with their parts even though riffs and lyrics are often created individually", explains guitarist Niklas Sörum. "There is a somewhat folksy vibe to 'Moon' that we all very much appreciate. The combination of raw heavy riffs with more fragile moments and a wide space for vocals is part of how we express the spirit of our Nordic influences. Niklas and Sven came up with the riffs of this song. Paddy wrote the lyrics, which are obviously about the moon as a potent symbol. The funny story about this particular song is that Mats heard it before he became our bassist and it made him really want join this band. That's the power of the moon for you."


1. Blood

2. Satan Hole

3. Downward Mobile

4. Eternal Sleep

5. Moon

6. High Priest

7. Empty

On their debut full-length "Blood", ALTARETH serve their sludgy guitars low and slow, with a slab of fuzz and a side of doom in massive portions. The Swedes from Gothenburg have built their musical foundation on a melding of heavy riffs and memorable melodies that is carried on four pillars of soaring vocals, fuzzy guitars, pounding drums, and fat, resonating bass.

Thematically, "Blood" revolves around the dynamic relationship between the eternal and the imminent spheres of existence, communicated through elemental ideas like blood, sleep, and the moon, as well as delving into more immediate human struggles, and the notion of lives played out in an era of quantity over meaning.

Since their formation in early 2013, ALTARETH have conjured a musical spirit filled with crunchy and harsh guitars that shows their passion for true metal, which is refined by the sludgy tempos of epic doom and layered with haunting vocal melodies that float across and above.

ALTARETH take influences from a wide range of contemporary bands such as UNCLE ACID, SLEEP, ELECTRIC WIZARD, WINDHAND, and PALLBEARER, but also from canonical outfits like ST. VITUS, PENTAGRAM, BLACK SABBATH, and their compatriots CANDLEMASS. Swedish metal has clearly left a dark mark as ALTARETH also quote BATHORY, OPETH, and MARDUK as sources of inspiration. Apart from the obvious, the Swedes listen to a wide range of bands including CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, RADIOHEAD, KING CRIMSON, NEIL YOUNG, and GUNS N' ROSES, among many others.

Driven by such eclectic tastes, guitarist Niklas Sörum set out to encounter like minds with whom to create a filthy and massive yet melodic outfit that could energize the scene with much needed fuzzed-out quality down-tuned songs. When he finally found Mats, Sven, Paddy, and Vigfus, ALTARETH were born.

Now the Swedes' debut album "Blood" more than fulfills the massive promise ALTARETH have shown from the day of their inception and early demos.

Release date: November 5, 2021


Paddy Strömberg – vocals

Sven Lindqvist – guitars

Niklas Sörum – guitars

Mats Lindgren – bass

Vigfus Valgeirsson – drums

Style: Doom

Mixed and produced by Freddie van Eijsden at the Altareth HQ and various locations around Göteborg, Sweden between March 2019 and December 2020

Mastered by Anders Lagerfors at Nacksving Studios

Drum recording of tracks 1, 2, 4 & 7 by Kenny Boufadene at Studio Meltdown


Artwork by Emanuel Petersson

Photo by Daniel Bävernäs

Available formats

"Blood" is available as black vinyl LP and digisleeve CD.

Band pictures and graphic materials: (click here for Dropbox)

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