Altar Of Plagues, The Atlas Moth, Sannhet

Altar Of Plagues

As 2011 dawns, the blood, sweat, and raw power that Altar of Plagues have summoned over a short few years has coalesced into their most intense, honest, and mature offering yet. Since the band's inception in 2006 as a primal manifestation of J. Kelly's musical vision, this Irish collective have grown into an international force. Successful tours of the European and North American continents with the likes of Mayhem, Isis, and Year of No Light spread their message to a willing audience, and in 2010 their life-changing dual performances upon Roadburn's hallowed stage cemented their status as one of the most vital up-and-coming bands in the global metal scene. Now, with the release of their second full-length and Candlelight UK debut, Altar of Plagues have truly arrived.

"Mammal" is a sprawling epic of blackened progression and expansive melodic exploration, drenched in a sombre, haunting atmosphere that builds upon field recordings, home-made percussion, and the band's own fragile humanity. It pushes the metal genre into new sonic territories without treading on tried and tested ground, yet embraces its bloody roots. "Mammal" is a natural development of the uniquely engaging sound developed on 2009's "White Tomb," and reveals the band at their darkest and most honest.

The intricacies and intent of "Mammal" reveal themselves more with each listen, and make it clear that Altar of Plagues have grown into one of dark metal's elite. As a collaborative release by underground giants Candlelight UK and Profound Lore, the album is a high water mark on the band's already impressive career, and is a fitting beginning to the next chapter in their enlightened saga.

The Atlas Moth have carefully perfected their signature blend of bone-shaking heaviness and overwhelming urgency, adding in startling moments of clarity that allow the melodies to shine through the mire. Their swamp-worthy sludge epics are heavier than sin, a call for cleansing and nothing short of brutally honest.

Founded in late 2010, the instrumental trio known as Sannhet has amassed a diehard audience within Brooklyn, NY’s broad underground music circuit through their abundant live performances throughout the borough, always choreographed with electrifying visuals. Known Flood, Sannhet’s sprawling debut LP, features nearly forty-five minutes of their electrified post-metal, fueled with domineering riff-building movements and intense percussive hostility, unifying in a slightly blackened and trance-inducing atmospheric style, captured by Colin Marston (Krallice, Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia) and mastered by Carl Saff.

$10.00 - $12.00


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