Altar of Plauges Announce Break-Up
Are you super-stoked on Altar of Plagues’ latest, Teethed Glory and Injury? Of course you are! Everyone is! I don’t know what its sales figures have been like, but it’s certainly brought the band more acclaim and public attention than they’ve ever received before.
So, of course, they’ve decided to celebrate their success in the most logical way possible: by break-up. Guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist James Kelly says via the band’s Facebook page:
“Altar of Plagues will conclude this year.
“I decided before writing Teethed Glory and Injury that it would be our final album. It was executed with this fact in mind. I can state it no more simply than this; it is time to move on.
“We considered whether or not we would say anything at all regarding this. But at the very least, we would like to give people an opportunity to see us perform again should they care to. And so, these upcoming shows will be our final.
“Our very final performance will be on October 19th, at Unsound Festival Poland. As a festival that celebrates the eclectic and the eccentric, I can think of no other place that would be more appropriate for this occasion. It is exactly the type of environment in which I have always aspired to share our work, and it will be a celebratory occasion to conclude at what I believe will be the peak of our existence as a group.
“I still find it difficult to believe that what began as a bedroom recording in 2007, became a group of individuals that have performed in Moscow, San Francisco, and many places between. We have travelled further, and shared more music than we had ever expected. Thank you to each and every person who supported us.
“I will continue to work as WIFE . However, I am not closing the door on the sounds I developed as Altar of Plagues. Many stones remain unturned.
“James / Altar of Plagues / July 15 2013”
So I guess the silver lining is that it sounds as though Kelly is going to basically continue Altar of Plagues, just with a different name and a different bassist and a different drummer. So ostensibly this is going to be like when Tom G. Warrior left Celtic Frost and started Triptykon, which proceeded to pick up exactly where Celtic Frost left off. I can live with that. The name of the project isn’t nearly as important as the music made by the project.
No word on whether AoP’s other members, Johnny King and Dave Condon, plan to continue making music under the name HUSBAND.