30 April, 2013

Full Album Stream: Altar Of Plagues: Teethed Glory And Injury – new album


‘Teethed Glory And Injury’ awaits you in its glory (and at times appropriate pain) here (Profound Lore's store), for some sounds – especially this massive – should be appreciated. ‘Teethed Glory And Injury’, ALTAR OF PLAGUES' third studio album is out now, April 30th, 2013, on Profound Lore Records. The album was recorded with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano at his Orgone Studios in London, England. The video for ‘God Alone’, available below, was created by Pariah Productions and directed by James Kelly and Patrick O’Mahony:
“ALTAR OF PLAGUES were born different,” [wrote José Carlos Santos for Terrorizer] …Why the apex of the record, the placid second half of ‘A Remedy And A Fever’ and the first part of ‘Twelve Was Ruin’ (before it turns into a shrieking inferno), is a soothing valley instead of a peak, when everything before it seemed like a tortuous climb, why the surprisingly clean underlying melody of closer ‘Reflection Pulse Remains’ shines so luminously after almost 50 minutes with your head buried in disease and dark earth, those are all questions that aren’t easy, and if you’re going to live with this record for a while (and you will want to, despite its initially antagonist nature) it’s up to you to figure them out. And any others you will have yourself too. Don’t shy away from that path, however. It will be one of the most fascinating journeys of the year,” [he concluded his review of ‘Teethed Glory And Injury’ he awarded with 5 out of 5 marking – read the rest of it here:]

Expanding already extreme genres into new territories since 2006, Cork, Ireland's ALTAR OF PLAGUES unleashed their ‘First Plague’ demo already in 2006, which they followed with independently released ‘Through The Cracks Of The Earth’ EP in 2007 and ‘Sol’ EP in 2008. Their untraditional approach to black metal (which they fuse with ambient, progressive and post metal) appealed to Profound Lore Records who issued the band's first proper album, 2009's ‘White Tomb’, described by critics as one of 2009's most exciting releases:

After 2010's ‘Tides’ EP (listen here), ALTAR OF PLAGUES recorded their second LP ‘Mammal’. Through it revealing their darkest and most honest, the album was issued on Candlelight Records in Europe and on Profound Lore in North America:
“By putting the listener into the appropriate headspace, ALTAR OF PLAGUES are able to exert total control over the listening experience, taking listeners on a journey that, through all of the brittle production and icy, unforgiving atmosphere, is remarkably thoughtful, introspective, and visceral. This feeling really shines through in how surprisingly dynamic the record is. The songs don’t just pummel listeners into submission with their intensity, but are instead more tidal, ebbing and flowing between feverish, blastbeat-laden outbursts and quieter, more expansive passages,” [commented Gregory Heaney, AllMusic – more here:]

ALTAR OF PLAGUES features: James Kelly – vocals, guitar and keyboards, Johnny King – drums and Dave Condon – bass and vocals

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