Ireland's most promising extreme metal band since PRIMORDIAL, namely ALTAR OF PLAGUES, has completed work on its debut full-length album, "White Tomb".Already gaining quite a reputation with their "Through The Cracks Of The Earth" demo and especially with the band's self-released "Sol" glorified EP (and along with gaining more of a reputation having already done a U.K. tour with MAYHEM), ALTAR OF PLAGUES has morphed its layered sound into an apocalyptic sonic maelstrom that not only upholds the band's black metal beginnings, but takes that initial paradigm and into more-vast, epic, experimental and ambient cinematic musical terrain. Where "Sol" was an immense progression from their demo, taking the band's bleak vision of a scenario of desolate and abandoned urban wastelands and creating and shaping their distinct style of apocalyptic virulent melodic black metal, "White Tomb" takes the sonic vision of "Sol" and expands it much further into new epic, destructive and desolate, collapsing, and unforgiving sonic realms. If black metal traditionally conjures scenes of epic nature, massive cascading waterfalls and engulfing forests, ALTAR OF PLAGUES creates stark images of crumbling skyscrapers, dying and rotten urban structures, empty cracked worn down highways and desolate vast oceans. The album's warm-edged sound and uncompromising production portray's the band's visceral wall-of-sound effect 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 industrial ambient, along with the towering apocalyptic vibes of OLD MAN GLOOM and old-school ISIS ("Mosquito Control"/"Celestial" era) layered with the instrumental textures that bands like MOGWAI and RED SPAROWES portray, "White Tomb" (mastered by Colin Marston of KRALLICE/BEHOLD… THE ARCTOPUS/DYSRHYTHMIA etc.) is a vicious and atmospheric pillage that orchestrates the collapse of Earth; a depiction of civilization (or what's left of it) in despair attempting to re-build a world destroyed and shattered by their own hands. "White Tomb" track listing: 01. Earth:
i) As A Womb
ii) As A Furnace
02. Through The Collapse:
i) Watchers Restrained
ii) Gentian Truth An MP3 excerpt from "Earth" can be heard at this location. "White Tomb" will be released April 17 via Profound Lore Records. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/altarofplagues.