One thing that has always fascinated me about metal or even music in general is how album artwork can affect the way we perceive the music. For instance, the colours that have been so central to the story-line of Baroness have always been quite indicative of their approach in my mind; the striking sharp red of their debut, the slightly cooler but still extremely vibrant blue of the follow-up and the subdued and more soothing yellow and green that adorned their latest. So I was extremely intrigued by the cover art adorning Altar Of Plagues’ upcoming album Teethed Glory And Injury which is miles away from the standard ‘black and white nature shot’ that tends to be the ‘go-to’ for most bands surrounding the atmospheric black metal sound.
The band have now continued the theme through to their new video ‘God Alone‘, which is comprised of shots of contortions and various twisted bodies interacting with each other. It’s definitely not something that has been explored a whole lot in metal videos and it’s probably down to personal opinion how effective it really is (personally, it does come off a little cheesy in places), but it’s a surprisingly good counterpart to their twisted take on black metal and suggests that Teethed Glory And Injury will be of interest way beyond the album art.
Teethed Glory will be released by Profound Lore Records on the 30th of April.