4 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Altar of Plagues’ White Tomb is a black metal maelstrom laced with lyrics that delve into a world in the midst of annihilation. Desolate stretches of brooding soundscapes introduce the 12-minute barrage of cacophony “Earth: As a Womb (Part 1).” Toward the seven-minute mark, the song downshifts to mirror bygone post-rock, with chiming guitars building alongside a pulsing mantra of punishing rhythms. The following “Earth: As a Furnace” resonates with more ambient black metal, somewhat similar to recordings by Wolves in the Throne Room (save for a throat-wrenching vocal performance and some incredibly thunderous drumming). “Through the Collapse: Watchers Restrained” is a relentless whirlpool of bedlam, dense with incessant musical attack. Closing the album with a darkened beauty, “Gentian Truth” brings in more melodic guitars and ambient textures.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Altar of Plagues’ White Tomb is a black metal maelstrom laced with lyrics that delve into a world in the midst of annihilation. Desolate stretches of brooding soundscapes introduce the 12-minute barrage of cacophony “Earth: As a Womb (Part 1).” Toward the seven-minute mark, the song downshifts to mirror bygone post-rock, with chiming guitars building alongside a pulsing mantra of punishing rhythms. The following “Earth: As a Furnace” resonates with more ambient black metal, somewhat similar to recordings by Wolves in the Throne Room (save for a throat-wrenching vocal performance and some incredibly thunderous drumming). “Through the Collapse: Watchers Restrained” is a relentless whirlpool of bedlam, dense with incessant musical attack. Closing the album with a darkened beauty, “Gentian Truth” brings in more melodic guitars and ambient textures.

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About Altar of Plagues

Blending the suffocating blasts of black metal with post-metal atmospherics, Altar of Plagues expand some already extreme genres into new territories. Based out of Cork, Ireland, the band strikes a fine balance between the two genres, adding quieter, more open moments to its songs to break up the smothering assaults of blastbeats and brittle guitars. The Irish quartet made its full-length debut in 2009 with White Tomb, released on Profound Lore. The following year the band signed to Candlelight Records before bringing its bleak sound to the U.S. with a four-week tour. In 2011, Altar of Plagues released their second full-length, the sprawling and more experimental Mammal. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Cork, Ireland
  • GENRE
    Metal
  • FORMED
    2006

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