Altars Conclusions

Altars Conclusions
The latest by Altars starts out with a fairly bland breakdown intro, and you're left groaning, but right as you're about to change albums, "Scum" kicks in. The driving riff hooks you, while catchy melodies keep you listening and the breakdowns hit hard and heavy, renewing interest. The album continues in much the same fashion, with the occasional missteps ― "Shepherds" and "Revelation" ― popping up, only to have the listener's interest revived with the hits: "Unknowing," "Montreal" and "The Coward." Especially noteworthy is the gravelly, yelled-with-a-note singing, which provides a nice contrast to the straight-up heaviness, and is a nice change from metalcore's usual whiny or Auto-Tuned melodies. Through all of this, and a few interludes, you get to Conclusions' aptly titular finish. Containing elements from throughout the album, worked together into a cohesive and soaring closer, this track ends the album with promises of what's to come, suggesting that the few duds contained within could soon become a thing of the past. (Facedown)