altar of Plagues’s Top 20 Albums of 2011, Part 1

We asked all of the contributing writers here at to submit their Top 10 albums of 2011, which we then compiled into a master list, assigning points to all their choices (10 points for #1, down to 1 point for #10). After tabulating the results, we have created’s Top 20 Albums of 2011. For part one of our continuing series, here is albums #20 through 16…

Altar of Plagues – Mammal

The second full-length release from Ireland’s Altar of Plagues is an achievement that builds upon (and surpasses) their first album in almost every way. White Tomb was (and still is) a fantastic album, but Mammal is the product of a band with a more unique identity and more matured skills.

Altar Of Plagues: White Tomb

With the band’s notable lack of corpse paint and the absence of beloved horror show theatrics in its sound, White Tomb emerges as a debut that contributes to a growing subset within the wider black metal sub-genre.