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WIFE – “Heart Is A Far Light”

James Kelly made his name as frontman for the incredible Irish post-black metal band Altar Of Plagues, but he dissolved that band last year, after their third LP, Teethed Glory And Injury, on which the band were working with more electronic and industrial elements than they had previously. Those changes were probably hinted at initially… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 10, 2014 - 10:32 am

The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013

In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven’s Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch’s 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is the best metal album of the millennium (so far), the apotheosis of what had also been, I believed, the best metal year of the millennium (so far) — perhaps a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 10, 2013 - 10:33 am

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2013

Alongside all the punk, post-punk, pop, hip-hop, and indie rock, I actually got to see a lot of metal at SXSW: I started my marathon at Show No Mercy’s showcase and closed it at Invisible Oranges’. From the journalist’s point of view, the ostensible purpose of SXSW — I think? — is to be availed… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 28, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Altar Of Plagues/The Atlas Moth Announce U.S. Tour

I saw Altar Of Plagues when they played The Studio At Webster Hall in August 2010 — it wound up being the best show I saw that year. The Irish post-black metal quartet absolutely leveled the place (no small feat after pretty climactic sets from openers Man’s Gin, Castevet and Velnias). And this was more… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 9, 2012 - 10:59 am

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

Before the quibbling starts: I didn’t include YOB’s Atma because it isn’t out until August. It would be way up there. I’ve also been listening to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. O… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am

Altar Of Plagues – “Feather And Bone” (Stereogum Premiere)

Since forming in Cork, Ireland in 2006, the intelligent, expansive ambient black metal quartet Altar Of Plagues have put the EP form to good use: 2007’s Through The Cracks Of The Earth, 2008’s Sol, and especially 2010’s Tides (my No. 2 EP of the year) are some of the strongest extreme metal short-players of the… More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2011 - 11:11 am