Altar of Plagues

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Altar of Plagues
At the Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2013
At the Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2013
Background information
OriginCork, Ireland
GenresPost-black metal, dark ambient
Years active2006–2013, 2015
LabelsProfound Lore, Candlelight
MembersJames Kelly
Johnny King
Past membersDave Condon
Jeremiah Spillane
Bryan O' Sullivan

Altar of Plagues were an Irish black metal band, founded in Cork by James Kelly. After gaining attention in the metal community with a series of self recorded demos and EPs, the band released their first studio album, White Tomb, in April 2009 on Profound Lore Records.[1] Following a year of gigging and some changes to the lineup, the group signed with Candlelight Records in January 2010.[2] They released their second album Mammal in 2011, with US/Can and ROW editions featuring alternate artworks. The album's tour included a European headline tour and festival appearances such as the Hopscotch Music Festival in the US.[3]

Their third album, Teethed Glory and Injury was released in 2013 and met with critical acclaim. Anthony Fantano of the Needle Drop placed it at #3 on The Needle Drop's "Top-50 Albums of 2013"[4] and later placed it at #56 on the "Top 200 Albums of the 2010s.[5] Terrorizer named it #2 on "Terrorizer 50 Albums Of The Year 2013".[6]

On 15 June 2013, Altar of Plagues announced via Facebook that they were splitting up and that their final live performance would be at the Unsound Festival in Poland in October. However, in January 2015, after teasing it for weeks, they announced a few shows to take place in early 2015.[7] In late 2015, the band announced they would embark on one last tour across mainland Europe with fellow Irish band Malthusian (with whom Altar of Plagues' drummer Johnny King also plays). Their final performance was at the Damnation Festival 2015. Kelly now releases music under the name WIFE, while Johnny King drums for the doom metal band Conan.

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Demos and EPs[edit]

  • First Plague (2006)
  • Through the Cracks of the Earth (2007)
  • Tides (2010)
  • Split with Year of No Light (2011)


  1. ^ "Altar of Plagues Completes Work on New Album[permanent dead link]" (27 January 2009). Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Altar of Plagues Ink Deal with Candlelight Records" (7 January 2010). Retrieved January 2010
  3. ^ "Hopscotch Music Festival Lineup". Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Top-50 Albums of 2013 - YouTube". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Top 200 Albums of the 2010s - YouTube". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  6. ^ " Magazine..." Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  7. ^ Pasbani, Robert (15 July 2013). "ALTAR OF PLAGUES Break Up". Metal Injection. Retrieved 16 November 2020.

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