ALTAR OF PLAGUES – TEETHED GLORY & INJURY

OLD ALBUM RECOMMENDATIONS! BRAND NEW SECTION OF FRIWM.

WE ALL HAVE BELOVED ALBUMS THAT WE KEEP REVISITING; I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO EXPOSE SOME OF THEM IN A CONTEMPLATIVE WAY AND AT THE SAME TIME BEING DIRECT AND ELUCIDATIVE. ENJOY.



TEETHED GLORY & INJURY BY ALTAR OF PLAGUES 

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EXPERIMENTAL BLACK METAL ALBUMS APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT MOST OF THEM NEVER REALLY SHOW SOMETHING OUTSIDE THE FORMULA WE ARE USED TO SEE, IN 2013 ALTAR OF PLAGUES CAME AND UTTERLY DESTROYED THIS NOTION.
I WAS COMPLETELY INTRIGUED BY IT WHEN I FIRST LAID MY EYES ON THE COVER ART, LATER ON IT ONLY ESCALATED AS I SAW THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR GOD ALONE.
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FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND IS: WHAT THE FUCK AM I WATCHING.

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THE SONGS ARE AS IMPACTING AS THE VISUALS, SIMPLY RAW AND BRUTAL WITH STELLAR PERFORMANCE BY THE SINGER JAMES KELLY. TOOK MULTIPLE SPINS FOR THE ALBUM TO START KICKING IN BUT ONCE IT DID, MY FRIEND, I WAS FUCKING HOOKED.
IT WAS MIND BLOWING SEEING A BLACK METAL BAND BEING SO UNORTHODOX, AVANT-GARDE BOTH ARTISTICALLY AND MUSICALLY. IT IS CLEAR FROM THE COVER ART TO THE MUSIC VIDEO, THERE WAS NO FEAR TO BREAK WITH THE GENRE’S CONVENTION.
AESTHETICALLY, IN ALL ASPECTS, THE ALBUM IS UNMATCHED AND VERY RELEVANT TO THIS DATE, UNFORTUNATELY THE BAND SPLIT AND IT IS NOT PROBABLE THAT WE WILL EVER SEE NEW MATERIAL BY THEM, DESPITE THE FACT THEY ARE STILL TOURING.
IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT 2013 WAS A GREAT YEAR FOR METAL, MANY GOOD ALBUMS. MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT DEAFHEAVEN’S SUNBATHER, BUT I FEEL THE ALTAR OF PLAGUES’ CONTRIBUTION TO BE JUST AS RELEVANT.
 

FAVORITE SONG:

BURNT YEAR

Beating bright and in the eye, the isles of the body they turn.

They are shaped by the flood, the onset of a blindness.

Leeched, and wearied, unfolding somewhere else.

It is gone and the body is stood blind.

Back through, a dirge, a remedy and a fever.

Borders sketched without song.

A child was buried here.

Here, my son was buried.

And God danced around the coffin.

And we danced with your God.

And I watched my mothers body, raped by a prophet.

I watched my son die.

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