This also has Cartilage's demo, as well as two bonus tracks of them from the re-release of the split.
Cartilage is another, AMAZING Finnish death metal band. They have a very distinct guitar style, the only two other bands to really pull off anything like it well are probably Job For A Cowboy and Thrown To Belial, and in those cases, those rare occasions that make you forget that there are way too many gimmicks going on. Basically, buzzsaw-esque tremolo picking and very groove oriented stomp parts... but before stomp parts were dedicated to tuffguys.
Altar is one of the better Swedish DM bands from the early '90s, but GODDAMN that scene was generic.
Oh, and it was produced by Dan Swano, which means he recorded it to sound right for the music, not to be as cleanly produced as he was capable of. The fuzzy production really suites the oldschool Scandanavian sound.