Altar Of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury review
|Band:||Altar Of Plagues|
|Album:||Teethed Glory & Injury|
|Release date:||April 2013|
02. God Alone
03. A Body Shrouded
04. Burnt Year
05. A Remedy And A Fever
06. Twelve Was Ruin
07. Scald Scar Of Water
08. Found, Oval And Final
09. Reflection Pulse Remains
1. (Music / Pop Music) a piece of music that is initially unimpressive but becomes more enjoyable after further hearings
After listening to this for half a year I cannot remember a release making such an abrupt 180 degree turn for the better like Altar Of Plagues final album Teethed Glory & Injury. I have dabbled in post-black metal before but my black metal has to be the "light" variety because music tagged with "black" is met with cynicism and hesitation. Alcest and Fen have helped me overcome some of my fears and now Altar Of Plagues can take its place along their side because of consummate use of post-metal guitar textures and arrangements, calm and tranquil yet dark and thick ambient interludes and peerless even flow on a post-metal record.
Of course those post-metal aspects is what enamors me about Teethed Glory & Injury. However, the black metal ingredients do not overshadow the post facets of the songs. Conveniently they are cohesive and working as one. Burst beat drumming, shrieking, screaming vocals and dense, impenetrable layers of heavy bass and guitar overlay songs that can easily be concurred or confused with music from the industrial, avant-garde, and experimental genres. The songs are really more of an expression of ideas rather than anything resembling structured, riff-orientated compositions. Using shorter songs to exhibit this form of ingenuity, it's new territory for Altar Of Plagues and I thoroughly enjoy the bravado.
The album really is a tough listen. You will either get it or not. The songs may come across as abrasive or even yet, have no direction or flow. At first listen I wasn't too sure, after 20 more I am convinced this is the greatest piece of art I have listened to in 2013 and an excellent finale to Altar Of Plagues' career. With each play their stylistic approach and risk-taking on this album has come before me to discover something disguised and raised my level of awareness for other post-black metal acts. Bring them on.
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