WITH THE OBJECT OF FINDING ALTERNATIVE ROUTES OR APPROACHES TO HEAVY METAL, WITHOUT VEERING AWAY FROM ITS PRIMITIVE FOUNDATIONS, ALTAAR BEGAN RECORDING THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN 2011, AT TAAKEHEIMEN LYDRIKE STUDIO.
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10/10 - Nymusikkhverdag: «En plate som jeg vet at kommer til å sitte igjen som en av årets beste, og året er knapt kommet i gang.»
4/5 - Stereoboard
8/10 - Metal Norge
8/10 - The Metal Observer: “Altaar is an album that requires some effort to digest, but will be a rewarding experience for the dedicated listener.”
Cvlt Nation - : “In plain English: this is a substantial album that you really should check out. And the concerts are supposed to be awesome as well. Case closed.»
The Sludgelord - : «Highly recommended for fans of all things Scandinavian, experimental and doom-laden. Altaar are enough of a main event to really stand out from the rest of the pack.”
2012. One year on. ALTAAR have finally finished 2 new movements: "Tidi Kjem Aldri Att" and "Dei Absolutte Krav Og Den Absolute Nåde". The songs make up each their respective side of an LP attacking conventional doom metal (Corrupted, Black Sabbath, Nortt) with references stemming from the classic Psychedelic era (Les Fleur De Lys, Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd).
To combat the vast need for visual aesthetics that match the direction of the band, ALTAAR have called upon Norway's premier illustrator, Sverre Malling, to collaborate with the artwork. The impact of his work reaches far beyond the borders of our small country, and with those similar ideas and directives the project can be fully realized. It is within the marginal changes, that the most compelling impacts occur. Only fully understood over time.
- "The listeners sense of meaning, or search for symbolism, is of more importance than our concept." - Toft