Altar of Plagues Release Live Album, Continue to Be Rad Dudes

Back in 2013, Altar of Plagues decided to call it quits with one heck of a farewell album in the form of Teethed Glory and Injury. As my pal Stockhausen reported in December 2014, though, the band decided to play a handful of one-off shows for free as a thank you to friends for supporting the band. One of those shows, performed on March 14, 2015, was at Club Colectiv in Bucharest, the site of the deadly fire that killed 64 people later that year. AoP, once again demonstrating their integrity, have released a free live album featuring a recording from that concert as a tribute to the lives lost in the deadly fire.

The band explained their rationale for the live album in a Facebook post earlier this week.

The live album, which is “name your price” over at Bandcamp, features the following songs split into three tracks:

Mills (Teethed Glory and Injury)
God Alone (Teethed Glory and Injury)
Neptune is Dead (Mammal)
12 Was Ruin (Teethed Glory and Injury)
Scald Scar of Water (Teethed Glory and Injury)
Feather and Bone (Mammal)
All Life Converges to Some Center (Mammal)

I’ve listened to the live recording a couple times now, and the audio quality is fantastic. The one-two punch of dissonant agony created by “Mills” and “God Alone” shines through the crowd noise and ambient fog, welcoming you into the rapture of an Altar of Plagues performance. I’m glad some tracks from Mammal made it into the set as well, demonstrating the ragged, visceral atmosphere the band is able to craft with their unique take on black metal. Every instrument sounds sharp, and the production captures that raw energy you can only hear in a live setting. Simply put, it’s a thrill to listen to this and certainly makes you feel as though you’re there in the charred halls of Club Colectiv.

This album is a fitting tribute to the memories of the departed and is certainly worth sparing a few dollars to support.

Thanks again for being awesome, Altar of Plagues.

h/t Fine Sexy Ladies

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  • Lacertilian

    I’m only 10 minutes in to this and am enjoying it quite a lot. Trying to think of the last time I sat down and absorbed an entire live album. Maybe I’ve been out of touch or something (likely) but it feels like releasing a quality live album is a forgotten art in some respects?
    I remember them being more prominent in times gone by, has the “Full Concert” – Youtube upload replaced/made them kinda redundant?
    Also, look Eliza…a gig in Romania, they do exist! There is hope!

    • Maik Beninton™

      What kind of sorcery did you do to post this 5 hours ago?

    • Making a GOOD live album, ain’t easy. But I do agree, it seems to be a lost art. Some of the best live recording were from the 60’s and 70’s in my opinion.

      • Dubs

        I’m having trouble thinking of the last time I really cared about a live recording.

        • Same! I do tend to enjoy a lot of the live Opeth recordings. I remember being blown away with Lamentations the first time I heard and saw it.

          When it comes to classics, I find that “All the World’s a Stage” is my favorite, Ross the Boss can back me on this one.

          • Dubs

            Oh yah, those Opeth live albums are killer.

          • In highschool I was obsessed with watching live performances. More so for the musicianship as I was still really learning how to play. Oh, this one was another!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNQRs4I7biQ

          • Lacertilian

            Yeah man, live tapes and dvds were a weekend staple for me but it seems without the visual aspect it doesn’t happen much anymore. A bit sad I suppose.

          • Totally agree, I’d rather watch a live performance rather than just listen to it.

          • Lacertilian

            I think both have their place though, listening to a live album on a long drive can be cool or when you’re out camping or something.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            Sadly, the only time I’ve seen Opeth live was an acoustic show. Not bad at all, but definitely not packing the punch I’ve seen on their live DVDs.

          • Really, only acoustic? You sure you didn’t leave too early? They split those sets up. The Lamentations set was ACT 1: Acoustic ACT 2: Death Metal.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            Yep, only acoustic, on the Damnation tour. Porcupine Tree and some local guy opened for them, and I interviewed them before the show. I was hoping that they’d switch it up, but sadly not the case.

          • Yeah, but Damnation was released with Deliverance the same year which was a death metal album. They toured with both albums. I just find that hard to believe, not saying you are a liar.

          • brokensnow

            The writing must of been on the wall at that point.

          • Well I guess Damnation was the year after, but they recorded both albums at the same time.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            I stayed for the whole gig. Unless they for some reason played the death metal portion way later in the night (it was around 10PM or so when the set ended), the acoustic set was it.

          • Interesting.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            I’m wondering if they still even have the death metal portions in their live set nowadays, or if it’s all just their new Jason Mraz-esque stuff.

          • No clue, I haven’t givin a poop about that band for about 6 years now.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            But of course! IMHO, they should’ve either hung it up after Ghost Reveries, or simply released the last two CDs under a different name. Something like Neckbeard Alliance, or something like that.

          • sweetooth0

            They’re fucking boring as shit now and only play the prog crap.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            Alas, I missed any chance to see them in full throttle then. Le sigh…..

          • Fine Sexy Ladies

            Lamentations is the fucking shit.

      • brokensnow

        Anathema have some good live albums/DVDS.

        • yeah, they seem to be audio perfectionists, just like Porcupine Tree

      • sweetooth0

        Impaled Nazarene Death Comes In 26 Carefully Selected Pieces is a good live album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdzD5hCWJXc&list=PLVoZKZBMXNGN1JqmT2648mRh5bjaEL2-b

        • You be seeing them soon.

          • sweetooth0

            yes, one of the highlights this year for this guy. Been a fan a long time.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            ImpNaz next week, High Five!

        • I am really enjoying listening to this. Thanks for the tip!

  • Dubs

    I just made a ninja edit because I forgot to add in a shout-out to Fine Sexy Ladies for the tip.

      • Dubs

        I’m surprised the cat didn’t just bite it in half. That is a ballsy mantis.

          • Dubs

            Lombaak ecree oplom ah-plee ozona…ah-ah.

          • BAXTER, YOU KNOW I DON’T SPEAK SPANISH. IN ENGLISH PLEASE.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            *throws burrito at Jack Black*

          • 1 burrito = 7.5 pulls

            #science

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Jack Black = no pulls for the rest of the day

          • as a counterpoint,

            Black Jack = 21 pulls

          • brokensnow

            and a bingo.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            Top bunk = 1000000000 pulls

          • Dubs

            I’d be happy if I never had to hear about the top bunk again.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Talking about the top bunk = lose a pull

          • Sploopy Thunderplop
          • CyberneticOrganism

            Nice

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            I’m guessing you’ve seen the episode of Metalocalypse where they’re on the amazon. Quite a few Fitzcarraldo references in that one.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I haven’t, I gave up after season 2 when it stopped being funny

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            That one was on Season 2, I think.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRf66nblmxw

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Ahh yeah now I remember, that was before I’d seen Fitzcarraldo

          • Dubs

            When Zorak speaks those words and does that twirly thing with his eyes, he can take over Space Ghost’s mind.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Oooooh this sounds excellent.

    EDIT: Oh hey they’re Irish, maybe the whole country will sound like this.

    • There was quite a vibe going. The whole thing played well!

      • Dubs

        Solid for what’s essentially a bootleg.

        • Seems like it would be tricky to release a live recording after the fact if the recording your were trying to release was not complete enough. For example poor bass recordings, vocals, etc. Unless you really had a good/complete recording, I imagine it would be tough to want to release it.

          • Dubs

            I think black metal, as a genre that often goes for raw production anyway, may fare better in terms of live recordings than some other genres if we consider closeness between studio and live sound.

          • I agree. I feel like the level of critiquing would be much less critical for those fans. IMO.

          • Sploopy Thunderplop

            Carpathian Forest’s “We’re Going To Hollywood For This” is a good example of that. Their CDs tend to have a bit of lo fi production a lot of the time, but their live versions of it definitely sounded more crisp. (PS, if you do check out the live DVD, it’s definitely NSFW, just as a side note)

  • fukking Mammal was SOOOOO good

    • Dubs

      Set could have used more of it, tbh.

      • i really didnt enjoy Teethed Glory and Injury.

        • Dubs

          I like it, but it’s also the first thing by AoP I heard.

          • you also dig the skronk much more than I

          • Dubs

            This is a truthfact #gitgud

          • Do you even praise the sun, ₩?

          • Dubs

            It isn’t the size of the zweihander in your hands, it’s the size of the zweihander in your heart.

          • The UGSs in DKS3 very underwhelming, ill stick with the straight sword.

          • brokensnow

            R-truthfact? #Gitgot?

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt

        Set could have used White Tomb.

        • Dubs

          Yes, that too.