Altar of Plagues Have Way More Integrity Than You

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If you somehow missed Teethed Glory and Injury, the 2013 farewell masterpiece from Altar of Plagues, then man, I just don’t know what to tell you. Stop reading right now and go listen to it. Wait, read this whole thing first, then stop reading. This is really awesome. 

If you follow Altar of Plagues on Facebook, you may have seen the following post:

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 7.45.48 PM“As soon as we called it quits, we began to receive the gig offers we never had before, and offers of money we never had.
We still get these offers.
We don’t want any money, but if you have a small room that you want us to perform in, in 2015, then contact us.
We will not be bought for a reunion but will willingly share our music with the right people.
No reunion. No explanation. Just music
altarofplagues@gmail.com

Let’s be honest everyone, this sort of integrity and devotion to the art is truly rare. Another example that comes to mind is Tom Warrior turning down a massive amount of money for a Celtic Frost reunion, but needless to say, we don’t see the guts to back up a statement like “No reunion. No explanation. Just music” too often. Altar of Plagues mastermind James Kelly has been hard at work writing, recording, and touring across Europe in support of his new dark/electronic pop project WIFE, and I can’t imagine that’s giving him mass amounts of spare cash to throw around. Since the announcement, they’ve also given a promising update:

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Thank you to everyone who has been in touch about the possibility of some shows in 2015. We are overwhelmed by the response and will share information as and when we have it.
We appreciate any festival offers we have received but we personally feel that the prevalent culture of festivals buying / acts selling “reunions” is entirely at odds with the spirit of the music that we love, and that Altar of Plagues created. This is why we have proposed to carry out shows that are small and without profit.
and #tbt that time we played in New Orleans…

Metalheads love being able to say they saw their favorite acts in a small, intimate club setting way back before they were famous. Altar of Plagues gives us a dream scenario here: the ability to see a revered band in said setting, but with all the history of the band to make it that much better. Not to mention the entire not-reunion is solely based on devotion to music; nothing more and nothing less than a band wanting to “share music with the right people.” That alone will make any of the band’s performances a truly once-in-a-lifetime event. This sounds like it’s gearing up to be a multi-show engagement, and I hope they at least have the willingness to take enough money to cover expenses so they don’t go home with a gaping hole in their wallets. Whatever the outcome, we can all wait and desperately hope for a nearby show (as much as I’d love to think that picture from New Orleans was posted as a foreshadowing to an American appearance, I’m not predicting that Kelly and co. will be crossing the ocean from Ireland for this one).

If you feel like Altar of Plagues should play in your living room or terrible bar, send them a really good reason at altarofplagues@gmail.com. While you wait for a response, let’s revisit some more of their work.

Do any of you UK flushers want to rub your odds in our American faces? Anyone want to share a fond memory of seeing Altar of Plagues, WIFE, or one of the many bands of drummer Johnny King live? Crank some Altar of Plagues and discuss below.

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  • Ferris Mueller

    This was literally my favorite release from 13′ – then the broke up. Perfectly representative of whole year for me…

  • “will willingly share our music with the right people”…
    i know a big group of right people!!

    • TovH SXSW ’16

      • Evan Clutson

        Get them in contact with someone from Red 7 right now.

        • There’s no way we could afford to ever do a real venue during SXSW. I’ll just ask to use a friend’s backyard.

    • Death

      Do we have a small room?

      • Guacamole Jim

        I live in one.

    • NefariousDude

      I would love to have them perform at my venue in az. We have mud walls and our max capacity is 250 seated. Scottsdale needs a little more black metal purifying it’s veins. #fuckscottsdale

  • Death

    Death gives respectz to them. Teethed Glory was Death’s second favourite from last year

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Playing Mammals now… this is… not ungood.
    I should’ve known though, when JKing slew with fellow irishmen Dread Sovereign that there was something about him.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Altar of Plagues do have way more integrity than me. I gave up my virginity for a taquito.

    • find me one guy who wouldn’t have done the same thing.

      • Guacamole Jim

        It was really a win – win, but I felt dirty and cheap afterwards.

        • VVorld Peace

          I mean, you’re basically a really, really cheap prostitute.

        • …and of course the best thing a person can possibly dip a taquito into is guacamole.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I disagree. The best thing for taquito dipping is nacho cheese. Damnit Jimmy now I’m hungry!

          • JJD swoops in with another mexican abomination!
            BTW, did your username get cut off after “To”?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            It was supposed to be Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky Tooth but it got cut off.

          • ah ok, just curious! those TB taquitos are purdy good but GUAC MY SON!

          • Ultimate Void Warrior

            No. Nacho cheese and spicy guacamole. You need both because just one won’t handle it.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            Mexican abomination? I think not! Taco Bell made these taquitos you can dip in 5 different sauces including nacho cheese. They were so good. Still not at the level of gas station taquitos though which are the best taquitos.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        lol (babaganush)

    • VVorld Peace

      I once traded shares of my butt for a donut.

    • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

      Randy from Trailer Park Boys has sex for cheeseburgers

      • Howard Dean

        A man’s gotta eat.

        • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

          Damn right Lahey

    • Whataburger taquitos w/o cheese FTW

      • ^^^^^

      • Wait, are you a Texan?

        • VVorld Peace

          He does speak of the sacred establishment.

          • Stockhausen

            Whataburger is also in Oklahoma, and gross.

          • Everything in Oklahoma is gross. Even the good things.

          • Stockhausen

            Well, I won’t argue that.

          • VVorld Peace

            What Joe said. Gross Okie. You’ve never lived till you try that Green Chilli Double.

          • Stockhausen

            That is not even close to real green chili, and I have tasted of true green chili. That stuff will mess you up in all the right ways.

          • VVorld Peace

            I love real green chili and cook with it often. There’s just something special about the diarrhea that GCD at Whataburger gives you.

          • NefariousDude

            One thing about living in the southwest I love: authentic Mexican cuisine cat meat and all

          • Stockhausen

            I lived in New Mexico for 9 years, and the food was awesome. My mom makes a killer green chili stew.

          • VVorld Peace

            Food in ABQ >>>>>>>>>>>

          • Stockhausen

            Food and beer from other states make up 90% of my reasons for being in a touring band.

          • NefariousDude

            Green chile stew sounds awesome

          • Stockhausen

            Indeed it is. I’m going to have to start bugging my mom to make it for Christmas.

          • more beer

            I lived in the 505 for ten years and you aren`t kidding. New Mexican food is awesome. I make a pretty good green chili stew for a white a guy from New York.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I make good tacos for a New Yorker. I wish that they would open a In N Out around here or a Whataburger.

          • more beer

            Whataburger sucks compared to Blake`s Lotaburger. But I think they are only in New Mexico.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            I’ve never been to New Mexico. I have had Checkers though and they make good food. I wish that they were near me as well considering that I’ve only ever seen them in Florida.

          • Stockhausen

            Nice! The geography and food are awesome, as you know, and it has an excellent gang scene.

          • more beer

            It`s a generational gang scene handed down from old to young. I used to do a lot of work in the south valley it seemed like everyone there had some sort of gang affiliation.

          • NefariousDude

            I’ve never had whataburger but I keep hearing commercials about the green chile double and I want it 🙁

          • Stan Laurel

            I rode by bike across the country last year. Best Green Chili Burger Award goes to Sparky’s in Hatch, NM. By some strange co-incidence, the Shitest Redneck Motel Award also goes to Hatch, NM.

          • VVorld Peace

            Neither of those surprises me. There are way better green chili burgers than Whataburgers, but I have to represent the Texas chain.

          • Stan Laurel

            Respect! Texas is a big ‘ol place. It took me about 2 weeks to make it across, mostly staying in small towns. Austin (managed to squeeze in a slice of Death Metal Pizza – meh) was the obvious highlight. I also liked Alpine and El Paso (mostly because of the Tap bar and it’s scary proximity to Juarez).

          • Stockhausen

            Riding your bike across the country > pretty much anything I’ll ever do

          • Stan Laurel

            I hate to admit but I was almost crying on a few occasions, and not for joy. 20% fun. 80% suck.

          • Stan Laurel

            Being in a touring band >>> riding bike across country!!

          • Stockhausen

            Well, it is pretty neat. Especially if you like being sweaty and farting a lot.

          • more beer

            Blake`s Lotaburger is much better. Great green chili cheeseburgers.

        • Yep

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      Gave my soul for a self heating toilet seat.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

        I’d sell my soul for a lifetime supply of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls and the ability to time travel.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      They have more integrity than me as well. I gave away one of the Playstations I owned for a 12 pack of Taco Bell tacos.

      • Guacamole Jim

        That is the best thing I’ve ever read.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          I regret doing that because I also gave the person my copies of Twisted Metal 1 and 2 leaving me with the crappy third and fourth ones.

  • NefariousDude

    Amazing album. Burnt year has all the feels

    • whole album is amazebro, but i like the final track in particular. such a great “goodbye” to everyone

      • NefariousDude

        Rip

    • Yeah! Burnt Year was my favorite track. I’ve said this before, but the album was my 2013 AOTY.

      • NefariousDude

        Well picked

  • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

    I’ve never heard of these guys but I admire their passion. I’m going to listen to them right now

    • @justinnowlin:disqus, great to see you hanging with us in the toilet. your earholes are going to be overloaded every day for a long time to come.

      • NefariousDude

        A long, long time.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        I am okay with that. Finding out about new bands and new great music is the best thing about metal. There are so many bands that could just go under the radar, but the TovH makes sure I don’t miss any of it!

    • ‘White Tomb’ is one of my favorite black metal albums of all time! Would highly recommend!

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        I’m gonna give them a try, but I don’t think anything could beat “In the Nightside Eclipse” for me

        • I hear you. I was a late comer to extreme metal and was introduced to it by more modern bands. Bands such as AoP and Cobalt introduced me to black metal and hold a heavy influence. I had to work backwards to start discovering bands like Emperor.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I’m like maybe two or two and half years in with the whole metal scene. The way I first heard black metal is I went to the record store and searched for intriguing album covers. The ones I picked out were Emperor’s In the Nightside Eclipse and Bathory’s self titled. It just blew my 15 year old mind

        • Stan Laurel

          Storm of The Light’s Bane, maybe?

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            There’s no doubt that’s a terrific album, but I have yet to find a better album that the mighty Emperor’s.

          • Stan Laurel

            At The Heart of Winter?

    • Oscar Aguiar

      yeah bro, I’ll do the same right now

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    “…The time will come for him
    to lay claim his crown,
    And then the foe yes
    they’ll be cut down,
    You’ll see he’ll be the

    best that there’s been,
    Messiah supreme
    true leader of men,
    And when the time
    for judgement’s at hand,
    Don’t fret he’s strong
    and he’ll make a stand,
    Against evil the fire
    that spreads through the land,
    He has the power
    to make it all end.”

    iron maiden – to tame a land
    http://youtu.be/1Aa2OqjP9tY

    • Paris Hilton

      You fuckin tell em!

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    I’m going to remind everyone of this one more time before I put this debacle to rest in the hearts and minds of the Toilet Ov Void community:

    Teethed Glory and Injury >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • VVorld Peace

      Ed, we aren’t saying “void” anymore.

      • Guacamole Jim
      • JWG

        So, we are a-voiding it?

        • Dis fuckin’ guy

        • That kind of joke will earn you an o-void bump on the head… I know, I’m stretching…

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        srs?

        • VVorld Peace

          Yes. We stopped like a week ago.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Who stopped? Is this a thing?

          • VVorld Peace

            Everyone stopped, Ed. KSOFM told us the joke had been run into the ground, but like the day before I told Joe I was over it. This was around Thanksgiving, methinks.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            … but Toilet Ov Void is my affectionate name for our community / brotherhood. I never stopped!

            … hell, it’s even still in my posts for the site.

          • VVorld Peace

            Stop trying to make void happen, Ed. (refresh for image)

          • Darn it, I only came here to say exactly that.
            Mean Girls>>>>>>>>>

          • VVorld Peace

            I unabashedly love that movie.

          • Lacey Chabert >>>>>
            Lindsay Lohan (back then) >>>>>
            Lizzy Caplan >>>>>
            Rachel McAdams >>>>
            “>” key worn out

          • Stockhausen

            Don’t listen to that trend hopper, Ed. Next, he’ll be cutting boob holes in his shirt.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I didn’t get the Void memo, apparently.

          • Stockhausen

            Uhh, I totally did…

            *actually did not*
            *cancels tattoo appointment to get #stayvoid>>>>/10*
            *panics, hopes asterisk action phrases aren’t also over*

          • Asterisks will never die so long as we have truth in our hearts and wings in our bellies.

          • Stockhausen

            You guys would be astounded at how many wings are inside me right now.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse
          • Edward #negrod4eva
          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Collage videos are cool, for truly plugged in modern life is a fractured and confusing thing. Fun choon too!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            This needs to happen. The Noid needs a job considering he’s been unemployed for 2 decades. He can be our mascot!

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse
        • Edward #negrod4eva
          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I oughta watch that some time. Even though I prefer early Cronie, he hasn’t disappointed me with anything yet.

          • Not very good, sorry to say. I can’t stand Keira Knightly though, so there’s that.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            It’s pretty good. Not quite as good as the two films which proceeded it (A History of Violence & Eastern Promises, both excellent) but over one thousand times better than Cosmopolis which is one of the worst films I have seen in years.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I’ve not yet seen Cosmopolis either. It looks like the sort of thing that I do tend to appreciate, but then I just can’t really picture Robert Pattinson pulling off such a role.

          • I HATED that movie : /

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Try the book, skip the movie.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Don’t do it!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Cosmopolis = biggest directorial disappointment from a good director.
            Cosmopolis = Most bored lead actor.
            Cosmopolis = Worat book adaptation.

          • Max

            A History of Violence was rad! I should watch that again some time.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Max I still IOU one long email response. I always like to do it when I have a reasonable amount of time to think lol

            Eastern Promises is also excellent.

          • Max

            Take your time, bro!

          • VVorld Peace

            I haven’t seen any of these movies.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Check them out in the order they were made! Except Cosmopolis don’t check that out for the love of god.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Eastern Promises and A History of Violence are incredible movies.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I haven’t seen the one before them, I think it is called Spider.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Cronenberg’s been making movies since the late 70s. Most of them are pretty good, starting with Scanners and The Brood

  • Get to talk about Cobalt and AoP. Tis a good day at the toilet.

  • KJM

    VOID VOID VOID
    VOID VOID VOID
    VOID VOID VOID

  • KJM

    There are people out there who actually enjoy putting together/taking apart furniture? I am not one of them.

    • VVorld Peace

      I have what I like to refer to as the Engineer’s Curse. When people (usually older ones) find out I’m an engineer, they just assume I know how to assemble their furniture and fix their computer.

      • hehe, haha, i hear you on the computer part. after a while i had to tell friends, “DON’T tell anyone that i fixed this for you!”

        • KJM

          Whenever someone asks if I can fix their PC I say “Sure, for $70 an hour.”

          • VVorld Peace

            Yes, I’m an engineer. No, I’m not going to assemble your chairs for free.

          • more beer

            Never give your work away for free.

      • KJM

        Fortunately it’s a simple futon frame with directions. I can do it easily, it’s just that I don’t enjoy doing this type of thing.

        • VVorld Peace

          No one does, my friend.

          • KJM

            Really? Good.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Listening to TGaI, it’s good, not great. Even a little disappointing.

    • Stockhausen

      Actually, I just checked, and it’s still awesome. I also checked just now, and my opinion is the best.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I just checked, you’re dead. Have fun with @Death.
        Mammals was be’er

        • Stockhausen

          Dangit. You got me there.

          • Death

            Don’t listen to him. We’re gonna have fun, friendo.

          • Stockhausen

            Sweet! Deathausen fun times.

          • KJM

            You need to call it. I can’t call it for you. It wouldn’t be fair.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            We are gonna have fun. Did I tell you I bought a signed Trapt CD today? It was this album.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hupOaqaeQbc

      • i think @nordlingritesovkarhu:disqus accidentally put in a different album

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Mammals was merely better. TGaI had no strength to carry the weight od it’s predecessor

          • Death

            That’s it! *de-claws karhu again*

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            You’ll never have me alive!

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I made this argument before and was chastised by erbody. I am not alone!

        • Stockhausen

          I believe that to be the only explanation.

  • Gurrp

    Listening to WIFE right now. Wish there was a Bandcamp.

    • Stockhausen

      Yeah, that’s a little bit annoying. WIFE is some great stuff.

      • VVorld Peace

        I was searching for Biolich earlier and thinking, “Why won’t you just let me hear your music?!?”

        • Stockhausen

          Right? I was searching for Recluse earlier and thinking, “Haha, no I’m not.”

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Weren’t Biolich alive for only a little time? And an aeon ago? So maybe they just don’t care anymore. (If they start caring, give me a call)

          • VVorld Peace

            Noted

        • They have all their stuff for free here
          http://biolichisdead.blogspot.com/

  • FeelTheDarkness

    But does Altar Of Plagues have more integrity than Integrity?

    • Stockhausen

      They do. And more textures than Textures.

      And, as you might imagine, more volumes than Volumes.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    I’ve already submitted my email to them. I hope they decide to bring good black metal to an area that gets shitty live shows. The two good shows we are getting are High On Fire and the Napalm Death/Voivod tour. Besides that we get post hardcore shit, tribute bands, third rate post grunge and a lot of hair metal bands.

  • KJM

    Futon frame complete!

    • time to celebrate! (currently listening to Orange Goblin… what have you done to me?!?!)

      • KJM

        m/

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    Here’s a story about the time I bought a Trapt CD. I was at Best Buy when I saw a Trapt CD signed by the band which was Best Buy exclusive. I wanted it really badly so I bought it. I got myself some Taco Bell following that to celebrate my finding of a signed Trapt CD. If you’ll excuse me I have to find my copy of the original Tony Hawk game for PS1.

    • sometimes i can’t tell if you’re the most meta person i know, or the least.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    I really like AoP. I will check out Wife someday soon.