Pagan Altar is a doom metal band from England.
Pagan Altar was formed in 1976 by Alan and Terry Jones. Alongside Witchfinder General, they are one of the few NWOBHM bands to play doom metal.The band’s concerts are characterised by moody, epic and heavy music, blended with stage effects which accentuate their interest in occult themes.
Pagan Altar’s only release from the NWOBHM era was an independent, self-released, self-titled cassette (which was bootlegged in later years). Their debut album was officially re-released on Oracle Records in 1998, retitled „Volume 1“.
The group reformed in 2004 to re-record an album of previously unreleased material which had been written during their original tenure as a band. The resulting album, „Lords of Hypocrisy“, met with a positive reception from fans, and a third full-length album duly followed in 2006, entitled „Mythical and Magical“. In 2008, Pagan Altar co-headlined the „Metal Brew“ Festival in Mill Hill, alongside Cloven Hoof.Both bands also performed at the „British Steel IV“ Festival at the Camden Underworld in 2009.Pagan Altar returned to headline the „British Steel V“ Festival in April 2011and the „Live Evil“ Festival in October 2011.
In 2012, Pagan Altar recorded a new album called „Never Quite Dead“, in a purpose-built recording studio in the back garden of vocalist Terry Jones’s home. The 2012 lineup included: Vince Hempstead on guitars, Dean Alexander on drums and William Gallagher on bass guitar.
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|Oracle Records Ltd.||1998|
|Oracle Records Ltd.||2004|
|Black Widow Records||2005|
|Oracle Records Ltd.||2006|