Alastor
Salve To The Grave
(2018)
Crank this to 9.9 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Heavy psych rock, Doom
Sounds Like:
Salems Pot, Windhand, Electric Wizard
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
We’ve been hungry for a full length release from Sweden's heavy psych aficionado’s Alastor, and here it is in all it’s doom glory. Slave to the Grave follows on the heels of their two previous EP’s Black Magic and Blood on Satan’s Claw. Alastor continue to hold true to their heavy psych occult nature as the album contains seven mood setting dark entities lasting about an hour. There is something comforting about this album that we can’t put a finger on, perhaps its the warm tones of the guitars coupled with the heavy rhythmic percussion, or the organ and the ever so slightly muffled vocals. Whatever these four gents are doing, they have captivated us with their brand of occult doom.

The production is very well done as we find ourselves in awe of what is resonating from our speakers, we highly recommend going the vinyl route for this album. The second track “Your Lives Are Worthless” after the brief intro will no doubt have any fan of heavy psych hooked, if not, than we question their musical tastes. Dharma Gheddon’s vocals possess a slight haunting echo carried throughout and really helps define their 70s psych aura. The album does not let up at all, except for track five “Gone”. This acoustic song is a welcome break from the heaviness, yet feels right at home within the album. The female background vocals add more depth and shows the band is willing to explore, plus we love the little touch of Spanish flare during the last two minutes. The rest of the album carries on with their unparalleled occult doom worship, fans of Salem’s Pot to Electric Wizard will foam at the mouth to get their hands on this one. 

Tracklist:
1. I döden är vi alla lika 01:03
2. Your Lives Are Worthless 09:43
3. Drawn To The Abyss 06:31
4. N.W 588 07:14
5. Gone 07:53
6. Slave To The Grave 06:56
7. The Spider of My Love 17:20 

Standout Track(s)
”Your Lives Are Worthless,” “The Spider of My Love” and “Drawn To The Abyss”. 

Adult Beverage Pairing
We must go with Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock. First off, this 8.0%  Doppelbock has an awesome drawing of two goat heads on the label. The full-bodied lager emerges with hints of caramel and molasses and is one hell of a smooth brew. 

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
9.6 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
9.8 of 11

Captivation and Variety
10.2 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
10 of 11

Rhythmic Pace
9.9 of 11
 
Lyrics and Song Structure
10 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.9 of 11

Overall Album Flow
10.3 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
10 of 11

Production Value
10.5 of 11

Final Thoughts
Alastor has taken their music to the next level and will make waves in the doom genre with this release. Slave to the Grave is by far one of this years best heavy psych albums not to be missed. We urge anyone who worships the almighty riff and occult doom to follow these guys and as we stated earlier, pick this up on vinyl. 

Alastor is:
Dharma Gheddon - vocals, bass, acoustic guitar and organ
Lucy Ferian - lead & acoustic guitar and organ
Terry Fying - guitar
Levi Athan - drums

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