ANCIENT ALTAR premiere gritty new video via CVLT Nation; announce West Coast tour dates

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Saturday, July 5, 2014

Ancient Altar will release their self-titled album on July 15th via Midnite Collective. The release will be available digitally as well as cassette, but the cassette pressing is limited to 50 hand-numbered copies. Check out a video for the album track “Tidal” below, which finds the group moving through extremely heavy doom/sludge that transitions into some more traditional rock/doom grooves halfway through. It’s the kind of song that grabbed my attention early and then stuck with me on repeat listens, so I’m interested in hearing what else Ancient Altar has to offer. They’ll be touring along the West Coast in August, check the list of dates below.

CVLT Nation is exclusively streaming Ancient Altar’s new video for “Tidal” today. Sean says:

“Get Filthy, Get Heavy, Get Fucked, Get Doomed…now blast the sounds of Ancient Altar! These new L.A. merchants of down-tuned radness have a new self-titled tape coming out on Midnite Collective, and from what I can hear, this shit is a Doomadelic Missile aimed at the sun!”

Witness “Tidal” in all its filth HERE.

Hailing from Los Angeles, the land of the unrelenting sun, Ancient Altar bring an arcane philosophy and a stripped down approach to their bristling and brutal brand of heavy rock. Formed in late 2013, the band features bassist Scott Carlson and guitar player Barry Kavener splitting vocal duties, along with guitar player Jesse Boldt and drummer Tom Oz, who together have birthed a slow burning doom/sludge combo.

Fresh off a Spring mini-tour of Central/Northern California with plans for a full West Coast tour in August, Ancient Altar are currently preparing their scorching four-track debut release, recorded and engineered by Etay Levy (Lana Dagales, Gallows of Sedition, …Of the Dead), with additional recording and mixing by Gary Griffth (Morgion), and mastering by James Plotkin (O.L.D., Khanate, Jodis).

Ancient Altar’s debut album, Ancient Altar, will be ready to infect the masses July 15th in both digital and cassette form via Midnite Collective.


Pressing info:
50 limited-edition, numbered cassettes

Preorders for Ancient Altar cassettes are live at Midnite Collective’s webstore here.


Witness Ancient Altar LIVE:

8/18 – The Slidebar in Fullerton, CA w/ Bell Witch, Ephemeros & Funerary
8/19 – Cafe Code in Sacramento, CA w/ Waning, Muscle & Marrow
8/20 – The Boreal in Eugene, OR
8/21 – The Golden Lion in Richland, WA
8/22 – Black Lodge in Seattle, WA
8/23 – Slabtown in Portland, OR w/ Dropdead, Bell Witch, Noisem, Ephemeros, Full of Hell & Bastard Feast
8/24 – Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, CA



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