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Strength of Fate

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Faizan As a sucker for atmospheric music incorporating guitars and drums, this is great stuff! Glad to see this side from Altus, looking forward to more. Favorite track: Without Volition.
Allister Thompson
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Allister Thompson Altus goes "prog" with a collection of spacy rock instrumentals that will definitely bring to mind the ethereal and emotive prog and neo-prog works of Pink Floyd and Marillion. A fascinating and expertly rendered new direction.
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Har (Disclaimer: I might be a bit biased having collaborated with Altus myself on the album "Shadow District". Anyway...)
On "Strength of Fate", Mike breaks into awesome & new unexpected territories beyond the ambient realm while keeping the rich cinematic atmospherics & impeccable production quality that he's a master of - fans of vivid instrumental music like Mike Oldfield and Jeff Beck/Jan Hammer will love this. Hell, fans of great instrumental music, period - will love this. Get it. Now. :-) Favorite track: Hold Strong.
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Tryphon Really enjoying this new release by Altus. Mike is revealing his more "rock" side and it is excellent. Hope this album is the first of many. Can't wait for the next one. Bravo Mike! Favorite track: Without Volition.
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Alongside 07:26
Hold Strong 05:23


I will begin by stating: This is not ambient. (Sorry, Bandcamp forces a global genre that can't be disabled)

When I announced Altus was going to cover new ground in 2018, I released Pioneer, but even that fell into familiar territory. Creating Strength of Fate was a dedicated challenge to break the mould and really go beyond my comfort zone, yet if you listen closely, you'll still hear the raw emotional core of Altus.

I will admit this was a self-indulgence; something wholly created for myself. While working on it, I considered not releasing at all. Not that I thought it wasn't worth sharing, I simply didn't want to alienate you, or frighten you away with such a vast change in sound. But that's the reason Loneward exists. Loneward is the anchor of Altus' past. Don't fret, I still love making ambient music, and I still have many quiet places to explore.

Nearly everything I write has always been about a taking a journey or reaching a destination, and this is no different. In many ways, this might be the most personal story I've told, but I encourage you to imprint your own life experiences onto it. Doing so makes the music yours.

I truly hope you take the time to listen, and not dismiss it due to its vast departure from my previous work. Rest assured this is only a pitstop in my journey, not a permanent fixture. Take my hand and stand alongside me. I won't lead you astray, and I'll always bring you back home.


released February 2, 2020

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Review at Ottawa Life Magazine

Composed by Mike Carss (12/2018 to 12/2019)
Photographed by Fen
My thanks go to Harry Sklar and Allister Thompson for their valued advice and expertise.




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