Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 3, 2010

photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG

Altar of Plagues
Altar of Plagues

A hearty thanks go out to all who attended the fantastic show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Sunday (8/1), where transcendant Irish black metallers Altar of Plagues and Chicago's similarly punchy Velnias teamed up with NYC's black metal/hardcore assualt team Castevet and rootsy Cobalt side-project Man's Gin as part of a BrooklynVegan/Haunting The Chapel production.

Most, if not all, of the Sunday turnout arrived early and stayed for the duration of all four bands, and those who did arrive early were treated to Man's Gin's second show ever and first with a full lineup (that included a piano and an upright bass). With Josh and Fade of Inswarm (Fade also plays in Batillus) backing Erik Wunder (of Cobalt), the soulful achy stomp of Smiling Dogs tracks like "Solid Gold Telephone" strongly revealed themselves live.

As usual, Castevet delivered hardcore tinged black metal that was muscular and riveting. They will make an excellent match AND departure for KEN Mode's noisecore assault at Acheron on August 17th.

Velnias followed, and the band has expanded from a three to a four piece since I last caught them (December of 2008). The addition has increased their live firepower and bombast exponentially; Velnias gave a dynamic and emotional performanc, complete with swelling highs and crashing lows delivered by candlelight. Mogwai would be proud.

Altar of Plagues finished off the night with similarly powerful set culled from their recent output White Tomb and Tides EP. With a member of Lake of Blood filling in for departed AoP member Jer Spillane (who left the band two weeks before tour), Altar of Plagues made a triumphant NYC debut that night, and definitely felt more powerful than their recorded output suggests.

More pics and some video are below....

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Webster Hall

Man's Gin

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Man's Gin - "Nuclear Ambition Part 1 and 2" | NYC @ The Studio at Webster Hall | 01 Aug 2010

Castevet

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Castevet - "Grey Matter" | NYC @ The Studio at Webster Hall | 01 Aug 2010

Velnias

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Velnias

Velnias - "Risen Of The Moor" | NYC @ The Studio at Webster Hall | 01 Aug 2010

Altar of Plagues

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Altar of Plagues | NYC @ The Studio at Webster Hall | 01 Aug 2010

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Comments (13)

This was an amazing show. Great pics, considering it was almost pitch-black in there the entire time!

Posted by atanamar | August 3, 2010 4:04 PM

what's that AoP song called that they play in the video?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 4:11 PM

Fade on the kit!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 5:04 PM

The videos are great as usual Unartig! Love your work!

Posted by SM | August 3, 2010 6:53 PM

fantastic show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 9:46 PM

such an amazing gig, so worth the 9 hour drive from the south. hands down velnias were the big surprise, stunning performance.

thanks to brandon and bbg for this night, samantha for the kickass pics and unartig for the live shooting.

as far as the attendance is concerned...nyc, now we know what you're made of.

Posted by stefan | August 3, 2010 10:19 PM

I concur, this show was awesome. Velnias was a pleasant surprise for me also. Very intense. Altar of Plagues, as expected, were fucking great. I could have sat through another 15 minute song or two without a doubt.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 10:48 PM

Fantastic show. The Velnias single I bought there doesn't seem to play though. Anyone else have problems with that?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 11:00 PM

I'm sure if you just send Velnias an email they'll post another one to you or something.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:44 AM

4:11- not sure which track it is off the top of my head, but its on the White Tomb album, which you have to just put on from start to finish. Great album, great band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 8:12 AM

the song they played in that video was "earth: as a furnace". the fact that they played both parts of "earth" made my night. velnias was really good, too. i also bought that new single of theirs. play it on itunes. it's titled "dr chan kwok tung - relaxation exercise". i'm trying to find out what the proper title is.

Posted by topher macleod | August 4, 2010 4:31 PM

sorry, "earth: as a womb".

Posted by topher macleod | August 4, 2010 9:53 PM

Awesome pics and great review! I've seen Altar of Plagues twice but I'd love to see Velnias sometime... So I hope there'll be a European tour sometime.

Posted by xJochemx | September 11, 2010 2:34 PM

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