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Altar Of Plagues

Formed: 2006
From: Cork, Ireland
Last Known Status: Active

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Altar Of Plagues To Disband In Fall

Irish post black metal act Altar Of Plagues is to end this year. The band's final release "Teethed Glory and Injury," out now via Profound Lore Records, will be its last. Multi-musician James Kelly (Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Drums) made the following announcement about the band's ceasing of activities on Facebook:

"Altar of Plagues will conclude this year.

"I decided before writing 'Teethed Glory and Injury' that it would be our final album. It was executed with this fact in mind. I can state it no more simply than this; it is time to move on.

"We considered whether or not we would say anything at all regarding this. But at the very least, we would like to give people an opportunity to see us perform again should they care to. And so, these upcoming shows will be our final.

"Our very final performance will be on October 19th, at Unsound Festival Poland. As a festival that celebrates the eclectic and the eccentric, I can think of no other place that would be more appropriate for this occasion. It is exactly the type of environment in which I have always aspired to share our work, and it will be a celebratory occasion to conclude at what I believe will be the peak of our existence as a group. More...

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Altar Of Plagues Streaming Full New Album

After releasing a music video for the song "God Alone," Altar of Plagues has now posted the full "Teethed Glory and Injury" album online for streaming.

Check out the entire release via Pitchfork.com here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Mills
2. God Alone
3. A Body Shrouded
4. Burnt Year
5. A Remedy and a Fever
6. Twelve Was Ruin
7. Scald Scar of Water
8. Found, Oval and Final
9. Reflection Pulse Remains More...

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Altar Of Plagues Releases New Music Video

Irish black metal band Altar of Plagues' new abstract, black-and-white clip for "God Alone" explores the contours and possibilities of the human body.

Check out the footage below, which was created by Pariah Productions and directed by James Kelly and Patrick O'Mahony. The new cover artwork for new album "Teethed Glory and Injury" can also be found after the jump.


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Altar Of Plagues Unveils Album Artwork

Altar of Plagues has now revealed the cover artwork for the new album "Teethed Glory and Injury," which can be viewed below.

The band also recently posted studio footage online from the recording of the album. Check out the clip right here. Further details on the album release will be announced as they are made available. More...

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Altar Of Plagues Posts Studio Video

Ireland's Altar of Plagues has posted a new video studio report, courtesy of Terrorizer magazine, from Orgone Studios where the group is recording a new album with Jaime Gomez.

Check out the clip via Terrorizer or in the player below, and you can also follow the band's recording process over at Facebook here.

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Altar Of Plagues Announces Fall Tour Dates

Altar of Plagues has announced it will be embarking on a fall North American tour with The Atlas Moth. The promotional poster can be viewed below, and the show details are as follow:

08/31 – Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
09/01 – Detroit, MI @ Stick
09/02 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees
09/03 – Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
09/04 – Bostom, MA @ TT Bears
09/05 – Brookln, NY @ St. Vitus
09/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
09/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival More...

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Altar Of Plagues Streaming Song From Split

Altar of Plagues is releasing a split with Year of No Light via Music Fear Satan / Radar Swarm Records. The Altar of Plagues contribution to the split, originally conceived prior to the "White Tomb" sessions, is now available for streaming online via Brooklynvegan. The band also commented:

"We are proud to finally share a piece of music that was conceived in 2007 prior to the recording of our album 'White Tomb.' Revisiting older work which represents an early stage in our development has been a refreshing experience.

"It is interesting to observe how much the 'black' metal landscape has changed in such a short period of time. When this piece was created, the musical territory in which we resided felt small and largely unnoticed. Our split with Year of No Light is now streaming in full thanks to our friends at Brooklyn Vegan."

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Altar Of Plagues Reveals European Tour Dates

Candlelight recording artist Altar Of Plagues has revealed the dates of its upcoming European tour with French doom band Monarch. Stream songs from Altar Of Plagues' second full-length album "Mammal" by heading over to the band's Facebook page.

FEB 17 AZTETXE AKOTZ – Basque Country
FEB 18 LA CONSERVERIE – Angers, France
FEB 19 CARLO LEVI – Liege, Belgium
FEB 20 USCHIS-HC IMBE – Leipzig, Germany
FEB 22 CLUB TAPPER – Tallinn, Estonia
FEB 23 KUUDES LINJA – Helsinki, Finland
FEB 25 CLUB PROPAGANDA – Vilnius, Lithuania
FEB 26 KLUB UCHO – Gdynia, Poland
FEB 27 CRK – Wroclaw, Poland
FEB 28 CHEMIFABRIK – Dresden, Germany
FEB 29 LOPPEN - Copenhagen, Denmark
MAR 1 STUBNITZ – Rostok, Germany
MAR 2 AJZ – Bielefield, Germany
MAR 3 GLAZART – Paris, France


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Black Metal: The Shoegaze Wave

Back in 2005, Alcest released a two song EP called “Le Secret,” a gem that eventually would cause a stir in the hornet nest that is the black metal community. If you didn't gather by the title, Alcest is a French band, and one masterminded by front-man Neige. With a strong pedigree in the French black metal scene, Neige was a musician who not only came forward in the 00s with multiple acts in Alcest and Amesoeurs, but also made contributions to essential French albums from the likes of Mortifera and Peste Noire. While Norway and the adjacent Scandinavian realms are often thought of as the wintery fortress of black metal, the French have long held their own with a melancholic and melodic take on the genre including the infamous Les Légions Noires whom you can read about in a previous Metal Underground Sunday Old School article.

So, what was so special about Neige’s little two song EP? Well for one it wasn’t little at all. It was nearly 30 minutes long and an infusion of 90s shoegaze, post-rock, and perfectly distilled black metal. More...

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Evile Confirmed For Damnation Festival 2011

The organizers of Great Britain's Damnation Festival, which will take place on November 5th at Leeds University Union in Leeds, England, have announced four more additions for this year's edition of the event. British thrasher Evile will be performing at the festival, as will new confirmations Turisas, Xerath and A Man Called Catten.

You can check out a poster featuring the updated lineup below. More...

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More Bands Announced For Damnation Festival

The organizers of the Damnation Festival have checked in with the following update about adding more bands to the lineup:

"Reformed industrial metal pioneers Godflesh head up the latest bookings for Damnation Festival 2011. Joining them at Leeds University Union on Bonfire Night, Saturday, November 5 will be post-rockers God is an Astronaut, who top the third stage and the atmospheric black metal their fellow Irishmen Altar of Plagues.

"The three bands expand on the already diverse bill for 2011's finest UK metal event, so far boasting Ulver, Decapitated, Doom, Amplifier, Shining, Dragged Into Sunlight and Astrohenge, with main stage headliners amongst the many more still to be announced."

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Altar Of Plagues Streaming New Song

Altar of Plagues will be dropping the new full-length album "Mammal" on May 17th in North America through Profound Lore Records. The band has teamed up with Stereogum.com to premier a song from the album, titled "Feather and Bone." You can check out the new song at this location.

The track listing for "Mammal" is as follows:

1. Neptune Is Dead (18:44)
2. Feather And Bone (11:42)
3. When The Sun Drowns In The Ocean (8:18)
4. All Life Converges To Some Center (13:15)

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Altar of Plagues Announces North American Tour

Ireland's ALTAR OF PLAGUES will be teaming up with dark metal band Velnias this summer to embark on a North American tour beginning in July and heading into August. During the course of the tour, on select dates, the band will be joined by such acts as Thou, Fell Voices, and Profound Lore Records acts CASTEVET, KRALLICE, WORM OUROBOROS, and COFFINWORM. ALTAR OF PLAGUES and VELNIAS summer 2010 North American tour dates are as follows:

07/09 - Seattle, WA @The Fun House (w/ Mamiffer)
07/10 – Portland, OR @ Berbatis
07/11 - Salem, OR @ Burial Grounds (w/ Plutocracy, Fell Voices, Galdr, Ash Borer, Mania, Hell, Anadonius)
07/13 - Eugene, OR @ Warehouse (w/ Rye Wolves)
07/14 - Arcata, CA @ The Aloha House (w/ Fell Voices, Ash Borer)
07/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room (w/ WORM OUROBOROS, Inquisition, Kerasphorous, Fell Voices)
07/17- Oakland, CA @ Your Haus (w/ Fell Voices, Elk, Lake of Blood)
07/19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
07/20 - Denver, CO @ Blast-O-Mat
07/21 - Dallas TEX, @ Phoenix project Collective
07/22 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Northgate Taverne (w/Thou, Barghest)
07/23 – New Orleans, LA @ Big Top (w/ Thou, Tirefire)
07/24 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn (w/Thou)
07/25 - Birmingham AL, @ The Firehouse (w/Thou)
07/26 - Greensboro, NC @ CFBG's
07/28 - Richmond, VA @ The Triple (w/Neckbrace)
07/29 – Washington, DC @ DC 9
07/30 - Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar (w./CASTEVET)
07/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Neck Tie (w/ CASTEVET)
08/01 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Studio @ Webester Hall (w/ KRALLICE, CASTEVET)
08/03 – Boston, MA @ Great Scotts – Allston
08/05 – Columbus, OH @ The Summit
08/06 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Dojo (w/ COFFINWORM)
08/07 – Chicago, IL @ The Shaker

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Altar of Plagues Announces European Tour Dates

Altar of Plagues has confirmed the final dates for their April/May European tour, which will also include their debut in Finland. The band has recently completed work on their latest EP "Tides" and is set for release via Burning World Records on March 17th. Writing for the bands second album, and Candlelight Records debut, has begun with recording to commence in the Fall.

Altar of Plagues European tour dates are as follows:

04/17 - (NL) Roadburn Festival, Tilburg
04/21 - (FI) Dante’s Highlight, Helsinki
04/22 - (FI) Lutakko, Jyväskylä
04/23 - (BE) De Kruen, Kortrijk
04/24 - (BE) Magasin 4, Brussels
04/25 - (NL) ACU, Utrecht
04/26 - (D) TBC, Hamburg
04/27 - (DK) Lades, Copenhagen
04/28 - (D) TBC, Berlin
04/29 - (D) Zoro, Leipzig
04/30 - (PL) Asymmetry Festival, Wroclaw
05/01 (CZ) - TBC, Praha
05/02 (AT) - Arena Wien, Austria

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Enslaved Added to Roadburn Festival 2010

Enslaved has been announced as artists in residence for Roadburn Festival 2010, which will take place April 15-18 in Tilburg, Holland. Enslaved will be playing the Thursday.

Roadburn states: "We are thrilled to announce that Norway’s Enslaved will be our artists in residence for next years Roadburn Festival, set to be held from April 15 – 18, 2010 at both the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg – Holland. Enslaved have been groundbreaking metal pioneers for almost 20 years. Since their Viking-metal inception, the band has been forging a connection between black metal and prog, arriving at an incredible melange of heavy psych and modern metal. Enslaved embodies the experimental, dark and psychedelic aspect of Roadburn, and we have invited them as our artists in residence – a premiere for Roadburn - for our 2010 festival. Enslaved, and various band members, will be doing several special shows during the festival.

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson comments: “This show will pan towards the latter day Enslaved and will consist of a set list specially put together for Roadburn; emphasizing the heavy, the psychedelic and not but least – the visual aspect of what Enslaved is today. Be prepared for a surprise or two!”

Enslaved / Shining (NO) will be the main headliner of Roadburn Festival 2010, playing their 90-minute Armageddon Concerto on Saturday, April 17th. Composed by Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson and Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby and arranged together with the band members, Bjørnson describes the Armageddon Concerto as “an experience of a life time. Prog, doom, jazz, extreme metal, northern mythology, science fiction –this is going to be massive.”

The festival also features Dream of an Opium Eater, Trinacria, Mouth of the Architect, YOB, Triptykon, Altar of Plagues and many others. For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.

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Ghoul Announces European Tour Dates

GHOUL has announced the complete tour dates for their European Roadkill tour. Complete Ghoul tour dates are as follows:

09/05 - Morbide Festspiele XI at Eastclub - Bischofswerda, Germany w/ Malevolent Creation, Vomitory, Satans Revenge on Mankind
09/07 - MKC-Next Bar - Ziar Nad Hronum w/ Jakubysko and Boiling Point
09/08 - Chelsea - Vienna, Austria w/ Municipal Waste
09/09 - Channel Zero - Ljubljana, Slovenia w/Extreme Smoke 57 and Septic Scum
09/11 - Septembertember 2 Dismember Fest - Bologna, Italy w/Birdflesh and Septic Scum
09/12- Uns Scheint die Sonne aus Dem Arsch Festival - Riegenhof, Germany
09/13- Le Klub - Paris, France w/ Altar of Plagues, Eibon, Lava, & Arafat
09/15- Semifinal- Helsinki, Finland w/ AVOIMEN HAUDAN LOYHKA and FORCA MACABRA
09/16- Vastavirta - Tampere, Finland w/ AVOIMEN HAUDAN LOYHKA
09/17- Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands w/ Sinister, Regurgitation, Viral Load, Embalmer
09/18- Velokot - Oostende, Belgium
09/19- NRW Deathfest at AJZ Bahndamm - Wermelskirchen, Germany
10/30 - Oakland Metro - Oakland, California, USA w/ Cannabis Corpse, Brainoil, Population Reduction, Ramming Speed

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Altar Of Plagues Adds Atavist To UK Tour Dates

As previously reported, after just wrapping up some successful shows with Thou, ALTAR OF PLAGUES will continue to be active on the live circuit in support of the acclaimed "White Tomb" album. Here are the latest Altar Of Plagues tour dates, including the UK dates with ATAVIST.

Sep 17 @ Mukkes Leeuwarden, NL
Sep 18 @ ZXZW/Incubate, Tilburg, NL
Sep 19 @ Baroeg w/Secrets of the Moon/Code/Solistafir, Rotterdam NL
Sep 21 @ GRV, Edinburgh, Scotland
Sep 23 @ Bar Fresa, Liverpool, U.K (w/ ATAVIST)
Sep 24 @ Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham, U.K (w/ ATAVIST)
Sep 25 @ The Gaff, London, U.K (w/ ATAVIST)

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Altar Of Plagues Announces Tour Dates

After just wrapping up some successful shows with Thou, ALTAR OF PLAGUES will continue to be active on the live circuit in support of the acclaimed "White Tomb" album. Altar Of Plagues tour dates are currently as follows:

Sep 17 @ Mukkes Leeuwarden, NL
Sep 18 ZXZW/Incubate, Tilburg, NL
Sep 19 @Baroeg w/Secrets of the Moon/Code/Solistafir, Rotterdam NL
Sep 21 @ Henrys Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland
Sep 23 @ Bar Fresa, Liverpool, U.K
Sep 24 @ Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham, U.K
Sep 25 @ The Gaff, London, U.K

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Altar Of Plagues Announce Completion Of New Album

ALTAR OF PLAGUES announced the completion of their new album today. Their record label, Profound Lore Records, issued the following statement:

Ireland’s most promising extreme metal band since Primordial, ALTAR OF PLAGUES, have completed work on their monstrous, atmospherically crushing debut full-length album, “White Tomb”.

Already gaining quite a reputation with their “Through The Cracks Of The Earth” demo and especially with their self-released epic “Sol” EP (and along with touring the UK with MAYHEM, in which a few testimonials would reveal that Altar Of Plagues would upstage the Norwegian legends during the tour), Altar Of Plagues have morphed their layered sound into an apocalyptic sonic maelstrom that not only upholds the band’s black metal beginnings, but takes that initial paradigm and into more-vast, epic, experimental and ambient cinematic musical terrain. Where “Sol” was an immense progression from their demo, taking the band’s bleak vision of a scenario of desolate and abandoned urban wastelands and creating and shaping their distinct style of apocalyptic virulent melodic black metal, “White Tomb” takes the sonic vision of “Sol” and expands it much further into new epic, destructive and desolate, collapsing, and unforgiving sonic realms. If black metal traditionally conjures scenes of epic nature, massive cascading waterfalls and engulfing forests, Altar Of Plagues creates stark images of crumbling skyscrapers, dying and rotten urban structures, empty cracked worn down highways and desolate vast oceans.

The album’s warm edged sound and uncompromising production portray’s the band’s visceral wall-of-sound effect without falling into a typical synthetically triggered digital-sounding paradigm nor falling into a post-whatever sounding mess. Other elements such as KHANATE/BURNING WITCH-esque painful slow trudging doom also find their way into the mix as “White Tomb” also features guest vocals from Nathan Misterek of the now defunct doom gods GRAVES AT SEA, minimalistic electronica and haunting Cold Meat Industry industrial ambient, along with the towering apocalyptic vibes of OLD MAN GLOOM and old-school ISIS (“Mosquito Control/Celestial” era) layered with the instrumental textures that bands like MOGWAI and RED SPAROWES portray, “White Tomb” (mastered by Colin Marston of KRALLICE/BEHOLD… THE ARCTOPUS/DYSRHYTHMIA etc.) is a vicious and atmospheric pillage that orchestrates the collapse of Earth; a depiction of civilization (or what’s left of it) in despair attempting to re-build a world destroyed and shattered by their own hands. More...

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