Altar De Fey

Altar De Fey originated in San Francisco in the early 1980s as part of the emerging musical form that would come to be known as Deathrock. Out of the Zeitgeist flash of ’70s Punk Rock the new sound took the darkest elements of the counter culture into ever deeper gloomier and more mature territory.

Performing at legendary San Francisco venues Mabuhay Gardens, Graffiti, The Nightbreak and the rest billed with Christian Death, 45 Grave and all the fellow architects of West Coast Post Punk, the original incarnation passed through a rotating cast of characters centered strongly by the vision and experimental guitar of founding member Kent Cates. Eschewing the conventional chord progression/solo form entirely Cates’s guitar spins strands of melody and rhythm, tone and texture in a style that to this day is all his own. The mood was perfected with the innovative tribal drumming of Aleph Kali and Butch Mason’s haunted confrontational vocals.

Though the band had a strong base of support, no original recordings were ever released and the young members carried on into new musical endeavors. By 1985 ADF disbanded.

Years upon years passed yet the name was never completely forgotten. As Goth Punk culture persisted, grew and developed over time the band began to take on a kind of legendary hue among fans in the know; The lost mysterious phenomenon of Altar De Fey. -There was a kind of poetry to it. Finally in 2011, when asked if they would play a reunion for a festival in San Francisco Kent and Aleph surprised everyone by answering yes.

Reforming originally as a 2-piece with a drum machine, Kent on guitar and Aleph on vocals to an enthusiastic reception, the duo enjoyed it so much they decided to continue the momentum and quickly added Skot Brown on bass, Aleph switched over to live drums, and Jake Hout was added on vocals. The new lineup debuted in April of 2012 and has continued regularly performing songs from the original 80’s catalogue and steadily adding new material ever since.



MMR044 Altar De Fey - Echoes In The Corridor album art Altar De Fey Echoes In The Corridor (Album) Mass Media Records MMR044 US 2016 Sell This Version
none Altar De Fey - The Insatiable Desire​​ ...For More album art Altar De Fey The Insatiable Desire​​ ...For More (Album) Bat-Cave Productions none US 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Altar De Fey - I See Demons album art Altar De Fey I See Demons(File, AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, ogg, WAV, Single) Not On Label none US 2013
Mass Media Records #44 Altar De Fey - 1975 album art Altar De Fey 1975(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (Altar De Fey Self-released) Mass Media Records #44 US 2016
none Altar De Fey - Altar De Fey album art Altar De Fey Altar De Fey(Cass, Single) Occult Whispers Records none US 2017 Sell This Version


WON002 Altar De Fey - Original Sin: An Anthology Of The Early Years album art Altar De Fey Original Sin: An Anthology Of The Early Years (Comp) Wondervogel Records WON002 Russia 2015 Sell This Version