Entries tagged with: Altar of Plagues
by Wyatt Marshall
Fans of avant garde black metal were understandably upset when Ireland's Altar of Plagues called it quits earlier this year, but at least we got one last killer album out of them in Teethed Glory and Injury (watch a video below). Main man James Kelly recently began his WIFE project, and now another member of Altar of Plagues took his talents to another band, the brand new black/death/doom specialists Malthusian. We premiered their debut demo, MXIII, over on Invisible Oranges earlier today, and you can listen to the stream below. First, here's what we had to say about it.
The three tracks on MXIII are bestial and grating, yet rich and complex--this is thinking man's metal just as much as it is primitive blunt trauma. The name Malthusian comes from the British scholar and man of the cloth Robert Malthus, who predicted an ugly end for humanity in what is known as the Malthusian catastrophe: at a certain point in the propagation of the human race, population growth will outpace agricultural production, leading to a collapse of society and a return to subsistence-level existence. In other words, like at least one of his more prickly predecessors, Malthus perhaps thought life in the future would be poor, nasty, brutish and short--and the world's population was hovering around the now-quaint billion mark when he died in 1834. What he didn't foresee were leaps in technology that would circumvent his dire predictions. In an interview with Metal Ireland, Malthusian addresses its namesake, and says that we can expect a fuller exploration of Malthus's influence on their next release.In case you missed it, last Friday Invisible Oranges broke down Death Metal English--the lexicon of verbiage used by death metal singers to brutalize/evilfy death metal songs. Here's a sample:
Normal English: "Commuting to work"There's plenty more where that came from, so head over to Invisible Oranges to practice up on your Death Metal English.
Death Metal English: "TRANSPORTATION OF THE WAGEBOUND UNTO THE NEXUS OF PERPETUAL QUOTIDIAN ENSLAVEMENT"
Check out the stream of Malthusian's MXIII and Altar of Plagues' last video below...
by Fred Pessaro
Altar of Plagues at Saint Vitus, Sept 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Irish black metal band Altar of Plagues have called it quits.
Altar of Plagues will conclude this year.At least they fit in two US tours and went out with a bang; Altar of Plagues' new LP Teethed Glory and Injury will surely end up as a year-end favorite for many. And James Kelly's project WIFE is nothing to scoff at.
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.
I still find it difficult to believe that what began as a bedroom recording in 2007, became a group of individuals that have performed in Moscow, San Francisco, and many places between. We have travelled further, and shared more music than we had ever expected. Thank you to each and every person who supported us.
I will continue to work as WIFE . However, I am not closing the door on the sounds I developed as Altar of Plagues. Many stones remain unturned.
James / Altar of Plagues / July 15 2013
If you missed it, make sure and check out our recent interview with James Kelly of Altar of Plagues.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Coliseum Metro, October 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)
Louisville punk crew Coliseum have released the new video for "Bad Will" from their forthcoming LP Sister Faith. Check that out below. As discussed, look for the band to hit the road for a string of dates. Watch that below.
Busy week at Invisible Oranges and beyond. NPR is currently hosting a new Altar of Plagues track; IO streamed the new Enabler EP; we got ready for a Los Crudos reunion; streamed the new Cough/Windhand split; announced the new Full of Hell/Seven Sisters of Sleep tour; reviewed the new Ghost BC; were freaked out by the new video by The Body; checked out a review from Cathedral of the Black Goat; and streamed the new track by Satan.
All Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks, and a new single from The Devil's Blood (RIP), are below.
What did I miss?
Irish black metal crew Altar of Plagues return with a striking new video for the similarly compelling track "God Alone," available from their forthcoming Teeth Glory and Injury LP. Look for the release via Profound Lore, and check out the video below.
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Altar of Plagues
Altar of Plagues played Saint Vitus on Wednesday (9/5) alongside hard-touring Chicagoans The Atlas Moth and the incredible Brooklyn instrumental trio Sannhet. Altar of Plagues featured a pair of additional hands in Stavros of The Atlas Moth and Joe of Wolvhammer, who each filled in as a touring member of the Irish black metal crew. Pictures of the US incarnation of Altar of Plagues, as well as all other bands at the venue tonight, are below.
Sannhet will join Bad Powers (essentially Made Out of Babies sans Julie Christmas) and more TBA for a show at Saint Vitus on September 21. Additional details are on the way, but tickets are on sale now.
Pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
Altar of Plagues at The Studio at Webster Hall, 2010 (*more by Samantha Marble)
today in NYC
* Cold Fronts @ Cameo
* DANCENOW @ Joe's Pub
* Michael McNeill @ Barbes
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Zoogma, D.V.S @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* The Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo
* Rachel Yamagata @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Heaven, Rumors, Manatees, Leila Adu @ Pianos
* Sondre Lerche, Fancy Colors @ Bowery Ballroom
* TEEN, Acrylics, Bizi Gara, Fabric @ Glasslands
* The John Cage Variety Show Big Band @ The Stone
* Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* Chromatics, Oneohtrix Point Never (DJ) @ New Museum
* Altar Of Plagues, Atlas Moth, Sannhet @ Saint Vitus
* Manatees, Call Of The Wild, Behavior @ Death By Audio
* The Rapture, JD Samson & MEN @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Hilly Eye, Big Ups, Black Wine, The Midgetman @ Shea Stadium
* Colleen Green, Team Spirit, Plateaus, The Sanctuaries @ Mercury Lounge
* Cellular Chaos, Martin Bisi, Arc in Round, Invisible Things @ Cake Shop
Tonight marks the second night of a three day tribute to composer John Cage at The Stone on what would have been his 100th birthday! Look for the "John Cage Big Band" featuring Miguel Frasconi, Daniel Goode, Kathleen Supové, Chris McIntyre, Cristian Amigo, Richard Carrick, David Watson, Guy Barash and more.
The Rapture begins its three-night residency with JD Samson & MEN at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (9/5). All three shows are sold out.
Azealia Banks is playing a private Fashion Week party at the Wythe Hotel tonight with Hunters, but she'll play a free, open-to-the-public show tomorrow at M.A.C. Soho as part of Fashion's Night Out.
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The Vaselines were joined by Krist Novoselic at Bumbershoot in Seattle over Labor Day Weekend, where they joined together for "Jesus Don't Want Me For A Sunbeam." The song was originally recorded by the band and then later covered for Nirvana's MTV Unplugged LP.
As Rolling Stone points out, "Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle is gearing up for the October 16th release of Dept. of Disappearance, his first solo record since 2009's Yours Truly, the Commuter. Now you can check out the video for album cut "Your Final Setting Sun," which Lytle describes as "a kind of fast-paced Western synth rock song."" Video is below.
Neurosis have released a new trailer for Honor Found In Decay. Check that out below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Altar of Plagues at The Studio at Webster Hall, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Surrounding their appearances at Hopscotch 2012, Irish black-metal crew Altar of Plagues and Chicago's psychedelic-blues killers The Atlas Moth will embark on a short co-headlining tour of the East Coast/Midwest that will include a stop in NYC. Look for the pair to join Richmond's Inter Arma and NYC's Sannhet as part of a killer four-way bill at Saint Vitus on September 5th, a BrooklynVegan/BBG production. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, you can catch The Atlas Moth at Pitchfork this weekend in Chicago, along with bands like The Psychic Paramount, Iceage, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Big K.R.I.T, Feist, Vampire Weekend, and many many more.
All tour dates, the tour flyer and the NYC flyer (available in screenprints at the show!) are below.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Two European titans of metal, Altar of Plagues and Year of No Light, have teamed up for a split LP due via Music Fear Satan / Radar Swarm Records. The two track release is available for streaming in FULL for the first time below. To order a copy of the release, head to Music Fear Satan / Radar Swarm Records or through your favorite distro like Season of Mist, Ebullition, Hammerheart, or Code7/Plastic Head.
Altar of Plagues, who will soon announce details regarding another US tour and are currently working on material for their third LP, commented on their contribution:
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.Year of No Light are currently working on their new LP, but are also welcoming a 2-Disc repress of their collossal Nord and two splits in the near future (one with Thisquietarmy and another with Mars Red Sky both of which feature collaborative tracks). Keep an eye out for those.
Stream the new split and check out the artwork below.
Monarch at Union Pool (more by Greg Cristman)
Intercontinental doom destroyers Monarch return to a four-piece configuration with Omens, the band's latest rumbling LP due on Feb 28th via At a Loss. It's their first with Dark Castle drummer Rob Shaffer behind the kit. Shaffer replaces Robert MacManus on Omens, the follow-up to their 2010 release Sabbat Noir which hit via Heathen Skulls and was followed-up with a string of US dates. Stream all of Omens below for the first time.
We recently cornered bassist MicHell Bidegain of Monarch to ask him a few questions regarding the new LP, playing in a band where members are scattered across the globe, the (official) addition of Rob Shaffer to the band, and more. Check out said interview, the album stream, their EU tour dates with Altar of Plagues, and the previously posted video teaser for Omens below.
Kevin Baker of All Pigs Must Die @ Power of The Riff (more by Taylor Keahey)
Here is our third and final installment in a series where we asked our favorite artists about their highlights of 2011. This batach includes contributions from members of All Pigs Must Die, Altar of Plagues, Hull, "Grim" Kim Kelly, J.Bennett, Chris Bruni (Profound Lore) and many others. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 is HERE. Part 3 is below...
Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.
All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
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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Black Cobra at The Charleston (more by Chloe Rice)
Metal metal everywhere! Starting TONIGHT, the heaviness gets underway with a marathon of killer shows designed to make your neck tired from all that bangover.
Thursday means Innumerable Forms and Mammoth Grinder at The Acheron (unmissable).
Saturday is Deathcycle at 538 Johnson, and we cap it all off with a night of pitch perfect darkness with Altar of Plagues/ Velnias / Castevet / Man's Gin at The Studio @ Webster Hall on Sunday (8/1, tickets).
Speaking of these shows, I have a three free pairs of tickets available for giveaway for three of the shows listed above: Black Cobra, Altar of Plagues, and Immolation. Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, dig on a few songs available for download above featuring contributions from Disma, Immolation, Arsis, Torche, Boris, and Russian Circles.
A reminder, Boris/Torche/Russian Circles play Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 6th (tickets), a show that will double as a release party for the Boris/Torche split. In celebration, the label will giveaway pins with a download code for the Torche contribution - but only at this show.
Videos and details on how to win free tickets are below...
words by BBG, Elbo Room photos by Taylor Keahey
Smiling Dogs by Man's Gin
Simply put, Cobalt is my shit. In release after release of riveting blackened war metal (including recent fave Gin), Cobalt has proved a laser-pointed focus on well-crafted and incendiary songwriting. With half of the band (Phil McSorely) tending to the duties of soldier-at-war, multi-instrumentalist Erik Wunder delved into new directions with his solo project Man's Gin. Due at the end of August via Profound Lore is the band's debut album Smiling Dogs, an effort more akin to a southern-fried acoustic Alice-in-Chains that dips its toes into the same gothic blues-y gene pool that produced bands like Wovenhand (who is coming to NYC with Sareena Maneesh) and Dax Riggs (him too). Dig on the title track and "Solid Gold Telephone" which makes its first appearance above. It's a surprising turn for the man associated with such destructive output in the past, but a fascinating one nonetheless.
Man's Gin will play NYC on August 1st, alongside Altar of Plagues (who we interviewed), Velnias, and Castevet at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available. The show takes place two days before another BV event in the same venue with Black Cobra/Howl/Struck By Lightning/East of The Wall. Tickets are still available for that as well.
Altar of Plagues and Velnias are currently on the road together, and the band teamed up with Dispirit (who we profiled here) and headliner Inquisition (who played NYC in May) at the Elbo Room in San Francisco on July 16th. Pics from that show are below...
Mounds of Ash
If you're anything like me, you've probably been bumping the latest Altar of Plagues EP, Tides, for a few weeks now (order a copy). The EP is the follow-up to the band's incredible 2009 LP (one of my faves of the year) White Tomb and while I've thoroughly enjoyed all of their work thus far, I've yet to catch the Irish black metal combo live. That will change this summer!
BrooklynVegan and Haunting The Chapel are proud to present the NYC debut of Altar of Plagues with Velnias, Castevet, and Man's Gin on August 1st at The Studio @ Webster Hall! Tickets are on sale for the show, which is part of a larger tour for AoP and Velnias.
Altar of Plagues recently, and triumphantly, played Roadburn 2010 (twice!) alongside an amazing cast of characters despite the volcanic ash situation. Streaming sets from the band's appearance aren't currently available, but sets by Brant Bjork, Earthless, Firebird, Horisont, Nachtmystium, Pagan Altar, Shever, Trinacria and Yob are! Scoot on over to check them out.
Castevet will share multiple dates with the AoP/Velnias tour, and the band recently welcomed their new LP Mounds of Ash on Profound Lore Records. Check out the NEW track from the LP "Red Aura" available for download above. The band will celebrate that release with an absolutely unmissable lineup that will play alongside the NYC band at Lit Lounge on Monday 6/7: Woe, Batillus, and Flourishing!
While Man's Gin is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Erik Wunder of Cobalt, don't mistake his new project for a war metal assault. Man's Gin is more akin to a mix of Tom Waits, Alice In Chains, or Angels of Light, but is nonetheless a fascinating listen. A teaser for the band's upcoming LP is available above, look for it later this year on Profound Lore Records, and get to The Studio early!
The Justin Bartlett (!) designed NYC show flyer, some videos, and full tour dates are below...
words by Kim Kelly, photos by Erik Luyten
It's been a long few days for Kim Kelly, who is currently gallavanting around Europe with Mike Scheidt and YOB, but the metal maven filed the below Roadburn report to tie up the rest of her time at the 2010 edition of the epic festival that took place during an equally historic time. If you're just joining us, check out Kim Kelly's report from Day 1 before continuing below... - BBG
by Black Bubblegum
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Brooklyn's own Hull will release Sole Lord via The End Records on May 26th. Spanning ten tracks over 44 minutes, and boasting art work by Josh Graham, look for the the band to kill it TONIGHT (4/16) at Union Pool when they open for the mighty Withered joined by Book of Black Earth and Hallux.
Withered's OTHER touring partners, Marduk, will enter Endarker studios in early May to record the follow-up to Rom 5:12, or their eleventh studio album. Look for it to drop in September, followed by the Funeral Nation World Tour 2009 and into 2010. Marduk will be at Irving Plaza on May 21 with Withered and Mayhem. Tickets are still available.
It a stroke of awesome luck, KARMA TO f'n BURN will be in NYC next monday (4/20) at Lit Lounge along with the mighty Tiger Flowers. Clear your schedules.
Landmine Marathon who I to NYC tommorrow (4/17) to slay The Charleston, are currently taking a break from writing their new album for Prosthetic. No word on when that record will show its ugly face, but in the mean time, make sure to... get. Your ass. To. The. Charleston!
Ringworm are currently writing their new album, The Ninth Circle, hoping to hit the studio this summer for a fall release on Victory Records. Ringworm dropped The Venomous Grand Design on Victory in 2007.
Saint Vitus LIVE (more by Firebaugh)
Over the past weekend (April 11), Saint Vitus played a single US date in New Orleans, where they were joined on stage by Pepper Keenan (Down, COC), Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down). Luckily there was a camera in attendance, and you can watch the entire show here. Saint Vitus will headline at Roadburn this weekend. Me jealous.
Municipal Waste have announced completion of Massive Aggressive, their new album recorded with Zeuss. Look for it August 24th on Earache. Meanwhile, you can face the Waste at Roseland with Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, and As I Lay Dying. Tickets are still available.
Victims have added Raging Speedhorn guitarist Gareth Smith, and will drop a new 7" entitled Lies Lies Lies on Deathwish. Meanwhile, make sure to catch the Swedish crew on tour with Trap Them and Black Breath!
The previously announced Buried Inside date as part of Show No Mercy (5/3), will serve as one date on a four stop New York state tour. Show No Mercy at Public Assembly is scheduled for 5/3 with headliners A Life Once Lost, Rosetta, and repeat offenders Wetnurse.
Week In Metal continued below...