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Metal Life Album Review: LORD DYING – Poisoned Altars

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Lord Dying is a captivating quartet that continues to mesmerize with their sophomore release Poisoned Altars. Though they are a young band, they are veterans to the art of all things heavy, as this 35 minute piece of insanity pieces together the dynamite talent of High on Fire with grooves that would make Corrosion of Conformity jealous to form an entertaining portrait of modern metal artisanship.  This album is as versatile as it is understandable: never painting itself into a genre corner but never wavering in purpose.
This record is heavy from start to finish, and the self-titled track aims to please in the category of most heavy.  Erik Olson’s bellowing vigor resonates strongly in every track and is backed by offbeat stylings of songs like “The Clearing at the End of the Path” that will catch you by surprise but keep your toes tapping.  This massive record is topped with two awesome guest spots, with ”Open Sore” featuring Red Fang extraordinaire Aaron Beam and with “Suckling at the Teat of a She-Beast” featuring mastermind Joel Grind, who is credited with recording Poisoned Altars (how about another Yellowgoat album while you’re at it, Joel?!).  The brute force of this record will blow you away.

Rating: 3.5/5

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