Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory and Injury

There are some albums that I just don’t have time to listen to pre-release. I’ve had Irish black metallers Altar of Plagues’ Teethed Glory and Injury just sitting in my iTunes library for about a month but other records took more importance in my listening habits due to my personal tastes and biases. I’ve more or less been listening to The Ocean‘s Pelagial for the past few weeks non-stop, but now that I’ve finally reviewed such a dense record, I can play catch-up. I came across Metalsucks’ Shit That’s Streaming Today post and recalled all the great things I’ve heard about Teethed Glory, so I decided to give it a shot. Better late than never!

Teethed Glory is a powerful record and is a bit of a change of pace from the undifferentiated post-black metal sound that seems to plague the scene. I mean, it was cool at first, but there are so many tremolo picking + reverb songs that can be written in the style before it all gets too homogenous. This Altar of Plagues record avoids these pitfalls with a dirty industrial feel and heavy rhythmic focus to compliment the blackened stargazing. This is black metal for people who can’t really get into black metal, and I mean that in the best way. Try it out for yourself!

Teethed Glory and Injury is out now on Profound Lore Records.

– JR

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