Altar of Plagues (ire), MONARCH (fra/usa) + support
"Altar of Plagues (ire), MONARCH (fra/usa) + support"
Kuupäev: 22.02.2012
Kell: tba
Hind: 10 / 12 eur

ALTAR OF PLAGUES is an Irish atmospheric black metal / post-metal band. After gaining attention in the metal community with a series of demos and EPs, the band released their first studio album, White Tomb, in April 2009 on Profound Lore Records. Following a year of gigging and some changes to the lineup, the group announced their signing with Candlelight Records in January 2010.

If bands like WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM conjure scenes of epic nature, massive cascading waterfalls and engulfing forests, Altar Of Plagues create stark images of crumbling skyscrapers, dying and rotten urban structures, empty cracked worn down highways and desolate vast oceans.

Along with black metal, and by converging other styles in the band’s visceral uncompromising mix without losing the deadly wall-of-sound effect created through the warm-edged sound and production, and without falling into a typical synthetically triggered digital-sounding paradigm nor falling into a post-whatever sounding mess. Other elements such as KHANATE/BURNING WITCH-esque painful slow trudging doom also find their way into the mix as “White Tomb” also features guest vocals from Nathan Misterek of the now defunct doom gods GRAVES AT SEA, minimalistic electronica and haunting Cold Meat Industry/Tesco-esque industrial ambient, along with the towering apocalyptic vibes of OLD MAN GLOOM and old-school ISIS (“Mosquito Control/Celestial” era) layered with the instrumental wonders that bands like MOGWAI and RED SPAROWES portray, “White Tomb” is a vicious and atmospheric pillage where visions of collapsing burning cities become desolate wastelands; a depiction of civilization (or what’s left of it) in despair attempting to re-build their shattered dreams while still searching for the ever elusive hope.

In 2009 "White Tomb" became an album that was described by a number of critics as one of 2009's best and most exciting releases (and was featured in Decibel Magazines Best of 2009 list landing in at the #21 position). 2009 saw the band tour extensively throughout Europe, with 2010 proving to be an even more promising year for the act with a new E.P release on Roadburn records as well as receiving an invitation to perform at the renowned Roadburn Festival.

MONARCH, in the US often written Monarch!, is a French-American drone doom band.
The band was founded in 2002 in Bayonne, France. In 2005, they released their debut, a double CD with three tracks. Since then the band have released new albums almost annually; additionally, they have also released various EPs, singles and splits with Moss, the Grey Daturas and Elysiüm. Monarch have released with various labels, mainly with the Spanish Throne Records and have recently signed with US label At A Loss Recordings that will release their new record, Omens. Monarch have toured frequently outside France; in the beginning of 2010 they played alongside Wolves in the Throne Room in Australia, and 2010/2011 Monarch toured North America, Japan and Australia.

The band states Noothgrush, Corrupted, Burning Witch and The Melvins as influences, but emphasizes with the note "but mainly Black Sabbath" the special importance of the classic metal band. Their 2010 album stresses this through its title, "Sabbat Noir", French for Black Sabbath. Eduardo Rivadavia from Allmusic sees their sound as similar to Khanate and Rigor Sardonicus, but often harsher. British magazine Rock-A-Rolla considers the band to be rooted in modern doom metal. The band have repeatedly covered punk bands as Discharge, Disclose and Turbonegro.

Their songwriting is not systematic, leaving room for random events and improvisation. The interaction with the amplifiers is very important; bassist MicHell states: "The raw material we work with emanates directly from our amps. In that sense there’s actually a physical dimension in our songwriting: seeing how the amps will respond differently according to how we position ourselves in front of them to achieve, for example, a more droning effect, or harsher feedback… So we can’t really write a song unless we’re in front of stacks of loud amps.”

The instrumentation is quite minimalistic. Guitarists and bassist are working with amplifiers by Sovtek, Acoustic, Orange, Hiwatt, Sunn and Marshall plus fuzzboxes. The singer uses delay- and reverb-pedals.

THOU SHELL OF DEATH creation can be described as majestically atmospheric and strongly ambient influenced Black Metal with peculiar vocals. Live shows are known as atmospherically hypnotizing and mesmerizing.


Altar of Plagues (ire), MONARCH (fra/usa) + support
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