There’s a bit of a Cork theme running through this month’s feature; music from Altar of Plagues, the Altered Hours and newcomer Mylets, who will make his Irish debut at Indiependence in August this summer. These are just a few bands to look forward to as this summer shapes up to be quite a thrilling one in the Republic.
Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury.
The third opus from Ireland’s Altar of Plagues, Teethed Glory and Injury, has earned them the prestigious title of album of the month in Terroriser magazine – something they don’t dish out lightly, especially twice. 2011’s sophomore album Mammal also earned them the title.
Despite their young age, Altar of Plagues have been pushing the boundaries of the black metal genre since their debut album White Tomb, influencing reputable up-and-coming acts such as Deafheaven. Originally from Cork, 25-year-old frontman James Kelly is now based in London; and when he isn’t working on Altar of Plagues, he’s building up his critically-acclaimed electronic solo project WIFE.
There’s so much to say about Altar of Plagues, and it’s hard to fit it all in this brief piece, but it should be pointed out that their achievements often fall through the cracks of the Irish music scene. We really don’t see enough of them on home turf, but hopefully that will change with this release. Teethed Glory and Injury is a challenging but stunning listen. It’s a convergence of interesting time signatures, elaborate textures, epic percussion and relentlessly raw vocals. It emanates the kind of musicality you would expect from someone with a few more years experience behind them, it’s an awesome achievement.
Mylets – Retcon
Mylets aka Henry Kohen is a one-man band/force to be reckoned with as well as the latest addition to Sargent House. His live performance video entitled ‘Ampersand’ (below) for the Sargent House ‘Glassroom Sessions’ clocked up 67k views in just two months, all via word of mouth. Retcon is his enthralling debut album and we can expect it on vinyl from 25th January.
He’ll make his Irish debut on 2nd August at Indiependence in Cork along with label mates Bosnian Rainbows and And So I Watch You from Afar. Kohen is also the latest poster boy for Digitech pedals, and no wonder: it’s the most innovative use of their products in a long time. Sit back, shut your eyes and listen to the album. It’s hard to believe it’s just one man and his pedal board, immensely inspirational and exciting.
So if you’re curious about his pedal selection check it out here or just catch him live in action at Indiependence this summer.
The Altered Hours – ‘Sweet Jelly Roll’
A definite highlight of the weekend at the Camden Crawl, the Altered Hours took to the stage at the Mercantile on Saturday night. With buckets of potential to offer, the most inspiring aspect of the Altered Hours has to be the confidence they display on stage. They’re utterly fearless and exude the kind of self-belief that only commands the same in their audience.
They’re currently touring the country promoting their latest single ‘Sweet Jelly Roll’. Aside from the Camden Crawl, Sunday saw them support And So I Watch You from Afar at their Castlebar album launch. Catch them next on 23rd May at Bourke’s Bar in Limerick or on the 24th May at the Pavilion Bar in Belfast.