Altar of Plagues
Teethed Glory and Injury


5.0
classic

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
April 25th, 2013 | 406 replies


Release Date: 04/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The magnificent oak, tall and strong.

Just like a seed, Altar Of Plagues has developed into something more. It wasn’t enough to give the little seedling light; it needed moisture and a place to grow. Given time, this one time seedling will be the magnificent oak where baby birds will grow. Seasons will pass and leaves will fall, but the magnificent oak will stand, strong, proud, defiant and resolute. Altar Of Plagues 2013 record is the definition of a grower. With each and every listen, Teethed Glory and Injury becomes all the more beautiful, surpassing the bands past releases and re-affirming the group’s place on the top of the post metal scene.

Altar of Plagues was never going to be a normal metal band. Right from the debut it was pretty clear to see that this band had something different to offer, making full use of their occasional genre hashing and wide array of musical influences. Teethed Glory and Injury is a masterpiece of the black metal genre combining ambient and dark atmospheric sections with black metal stereotypes to make one hell of a listen. Put short, Teethed Glory and Injury is a ferocious return on the back of a quality first couple of releases; this shows that the band has little to less indication of losing steam. Altar of Plagues has succeeded in fully combining the black metal aesthetics with ambient styles where most acts would fail. This isn’t easy listening, Altar of Plagues have grown into a dark and fearsome black metal monster, this type of music wasn’t made for the faint hearted, instead the listener will want to do one of two things; kneel or run for your life. If you want your blackened post metal without mercy, Teethed Glory and Injury is the place to dive into this no holds bare nightmare.

At just short of fifty minutes, this record flows a little better than previous records. The song lengths in particular are rather shorter than those found on Mammal but this time around it allows the record to have a fuller, more rounded effect on the listener. Teethed Glory and Injury is a hugely dissonant affair, but each section, riff, vocal pattern and cymbal crash come together perfectly, and making sure no single entity overpowers the next. Despite the instrumental prowess of this three piece act, the album truly comes together by its use of devastatingly beautiful dissonance. Each track is a journey into a nightmare, where despair, anger, grief and pain all seem to be mentioned in one place or another. The album’s nine tracks resonate loudly with the listener, taking hold of their darker moments and in turn giving life to the inner demons that hold us all. The imagery that’s brought to life in the shape of an oak makes sense of just how this album is to be received.

Introductory track “Mills” is but one of the thought invoking songs on Teethed Glory and Injury. The soft ambient lead that’s broken only by the minimal inclusion of the bass drum and other slightly creepy effects (tapping to name one) before transforming into an almost cinematic lead in for fury invoking “God Alone”. As a whole, Teethed Glory and Injury is an emotion charged event. Tracks like “Burnt Year” and “Twelve Was Ruin” which replicates a level of fatal torment that’s not scene in many modern acts, bringing the whole album’s intensity levels up a notch. Visceral is a word that suits Altar Of Plague’s music, not only does the music have all the right elements, each section is virtually bled into to create this massive sound. Altar of Plagues has definitely improved on their experimental formula, adding differing levels of post, electronic, ambient and black metal to craft this magnificent release. Overall, Teethed Glory and Injury is an album that has pushed at the boundaries of the band. On a first listen it may not sound like much but take heed of its incredible growing power. In the world of extreme metal, few albums will be able to achieve this level of dissonant grandeur. Altar of Plagues has released the best album of their careers and while it’s still early you’re looking at a definite “Album of the Year” contender.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BigPleb
April 25th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, as per usual.

Can't see this being a 5, but you have definitely roused my interest.

DropdeadWHA
April 25th 2013


705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is really good, feels quite emotionally driven imo. Definitely their best effort so far.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Can't see this being a 5, but you have definitely roused my interest.


You gotta let it grow on ya

bodiesinflight57
April 25th 2013


870 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I couldn't see it being a 5 before I listened. Not a fan of the band at all in the past really. In
fact chose the album to review for another site a few weeks ago precisely so I could say how overrated
I thought they were. This is incredible though. Everything's come together for them on this one.

Cygnatti
April 25th 2013


21896 Comments


interesting

Digging: Chansey - Natural Cure

CaptainHadouken
April 25th 2013


1960 Comments


Nice, seems like a pretty awesome jam.

witchxrapist
April 25th 2013


11056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

simile at the beginning is so tired bro

mindleviticus
April 25th 2013


8327 Comments


Good review. Album's great. GOnna give it another listen soon.

Wizard
April 25th 2013


19616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't agree with the 5, no way!!!! Good review otherwise. You will grow tired very quickly of post-black metal, I guarantee it.

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2013


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

You will grow tired very quickly of post-black metal, I guarantee it.


I pick and choose, I kind of try not to hop on every hyped album to ensure the chances of that are less and less.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2013


18886 Comments


lol 5

Digging: Bee Mask - When We Were Eating Unripe Pears

Eclecticist
April 25th 2013


3863 Comments


Yep I'm just not feelin' this album quite like every one of our mutual sputbuds are hypin' it on fb. It's a solid 4/5 for me but idt it'll go up from there.

Shuyin
April 25th 2013


11983 Comments


GOTTA....


LISTEN!!!

Hawks
April 25th 2013


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

5 huh? I'm not expecting to like this too much tbh, but I'm still gonna give it a try.

BallsToTheWall
April 25th 2013


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Jesus Christ, more high ratings for a mediocre fucking band. Listen to real metal.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Gard3n
April 25th 2013


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't wait to hear this. Tides is the best they have done so far, hopefully this will come close.

CaptainDooRight
April 25th 2013


30252 Comments


nice review bro I'm not sure if this would be my thing or not but grats on getting that site up, lol I'm still trying to figure out wordpress

I'll try to look into it again tonight

bodiesinflight57
April 25th 2013


870 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ BallsToTheWall:

Nah, the reason it's actually so amazing is because it isn't "real metal". If it was it would be half as atmospheric, half as heavy and less than half as interesting.

Not surprised it's dividing opinions but I would say it's not necessarily an immediate record. I went through a patch where I thought it was wearing off on me after having had it for a couple of weeks but then I took a break from it and after starting to listen again just realised I thought it was even better.

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 25th 2013


5643 Comments


Wow 5 gotta check ... album title is cool : )

Hawks
April 25th 2013


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Attempting to d/l this right now.



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