Agalloch

Info about Agalloch
Country United States
Added By Mike
13 years ago
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1999 Rock
2002-2014 Metal
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8.7 x9
Symphonic Prog-Related Post Extreme Metal/Independent
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16 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, one user rates it lower. 11 users think it is prog, nobody thinks it is merely related to prog and nobody thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 40 studio tracks by Agalloch.
Track durations range from 1m 39s to 17m 34s, averaging at 7m 54s with a standard deviation of 3m 34s.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 4 years ago
AgallochMyspace.com - The Serpent & The Sphere 2014
9.0
Prog Post Metal
A mix of the heavier stuff (Marrow) and the old stuff (Mantle, White), with a lot of acoustic/instrumental interludes. A good surprise.
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Comment by PowerWyrm 4 years ago
AgallochMyspace.com - Pale Folklore 1999
9.2
Prog Post Extreme Metal
I've completely overlooked this album when I discovered the band, probably because I started with Dead Winter Days and hated the harsh vocals. But the rest of this album is marvelous, and I'm glad I fixed the mistake...
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Review by PowerWyrm 8 years ago <Permalink>
AgallochMyspace.com - Marrow of the Spirit 2010
6.0
Prog Extreme Metal
I sense that a lot of people will love this album and a lot will hate it. So is it a good or a bad album? Probably neither...

If you like extreme metal, you will love this album. The clean vocals are gone, replaced by shrieks, gurgles and (sometimes) whispers. A new drummer has been added to the band, giving a much heavier sound. The black metal elements are back in force, acoustic guitars are almost gone, as well as the melodic parts.

The big problem here is the overall sound. Most of the songs here sound like unfinished versions of actual songs, and worse than that, unfinished versions of old songs. It's really like listening to their first demo...

There are still good moments, but they are diluted in the background noise, distorted guitars, harsh vocals, blastbeats...
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Review by PowerWyrm 11 years ago <Permalink>
AgallochMyspace.com - Ashes Against The Grain 2006
8.9
Prog Post Metal
I don't really know what to think of this album... the band
continues on the same post metal sound, this time less bleak
and repetitive than on The Mantle, and the music is really good
here... but unfortunately the vocals are horrible. There are
less clean vocals, and when the singer uses harsh vocals (that
is on every track except the three instrumentals), it's
unfortunately some really ugly gurgling voice...
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Comment by DetoxScission 11 years ago
AgallochMyspace.com - The Mantle 2002
9.5
Atmospheric Prog Metal
A beautiful album from start to finish, with my only issue being my tendency to skip A Desolation Song, which is a bit too folky for me at times. Regardless, the rest of the album definately makes up for it.
Comment by PowerWyrm
AgallochMyspace.com - The Mantle 2002
9.6
Prog Post Black Metal
This is a wonderful album. Dark, relaxing, poetic, full of
folkish influences... very fascinating. It would have been a
masterpiece but unfortunately the (harsh, black metal-like)
vocals are not of the same quality as the music and they often
feel out of place.
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Rating by ivansfr0st
AgallochMyspace.com - Ashes Against The Grain 2006
10.0
Free Form Prog Post Metal
The crowning achievement of Agalloch's career.

I must admit that at one point I disliked or, to say it more precisely, didn't understand Agalloch 's music. The musicianship seemed primitive to me and I found the songwriting lazy. Still, during those times I could feel that this is music that requires a certain approach, or perhaps I was into different aesthetics at the time and it wouldn't impress me. My respect for the four musicians of this extraordinary group appeared when I re-listened to Pale Folklore in summer, of all seasons. Was it the perfect time to listen to that specific album or had it just grown on me and clicked just then I can not say, but the fact is that the group's not so immense catalogue took an important place in my music diet. Their last album - The Mantle - was released in 2001, which was a long time ago, and it was intimidating that everyone would have to wait five years until the next offering of the quartet.

I always suspected that the spontaneousness of Agalloch 's music could be explained by a belonging, conceptually, to a specific season and its typical signs. However, after first 'getting' the music I noticed that this is the music that I would feel comfortable while listening to during any time of the year - it seemed very appropriate and even timeless. When I had the luck to get a copy of the new album, there was a happy coincidence that I was in a forest remote from my native city, which made the listening experience even more engaging and intimate than it could have been otherwise.

Well, the grim landscape painters are back and on Ashes Against The Grain the four musicians/magicians of ... -> show full review
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Review by Mike 12 years ago <Permalink>
AgallochMyspace.com - The Mantle 2002
7.0
Minimalistic Experimental Prog Post Black Metal
A decent album, although I must admit that I don't understand
how others can think of it as a masterpiece, I do understand
how someone could like this album much more than I do. It's
really repetitive, mostly "eventless" and the occasional
growling vocals are uncalled for in my opinion. The folk
elements are implemented very nicely, but in the heavy parts
the drums are often a bit out of sync with the rest of the
band.
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Review by ivansfr0st 12 years ago <Permalink>
AgallochMyspace.com - Pale Folklore 1999
10.0
Rock
Agalloch's first full-length album Pale Folklore , often underlooked even by the band's most hardcore followers, is more than just an outstanding debut. Utilizing influences from various sources, from 80's Gothic Rock to Ethnic Folk music, from Italian 70's Symphonic Prog to Norwegian 90's Black Metal's scene, and much much more, Agalloch managed to create a unique, extraordinary style of their own, achieving something nobody had achieved before. Opeth are famous(well, in our circles anyway)for combining two parts - mellow and heavy - to create a very special sound. Agalloch , whose influences were as diverse as Opeth's , from the fusion of all elements gained one sound that is very easy to recognise if you have experienced this amazing band.

The album starts with the atmospheric She Painted Fire Across The Skyline , consisting of three parts. The first part starts out slow and maybe a little repetitive, but sets the vibe of the album very well. Although Pale Folklore is more often dynamic, the mood of the album is melancholic from the beginning until the end. The melodic riff that starts at about 3:00 gives me chills everytime I hear it, it is also done again in the end of the third part of the epic track. I'm not sure which part is my favourite: I would tell this about the third part, but, unfotunately, it is ruined by the spoken vocals just before the 1:00 mark, which sounds out of place and, fortunately, is the only thing you can blame this masterpiece for, which doesn't make it any worse than it is, really. The forth track is an instrumental, in fact the only one on this record, and doesn't follow the pace of the whole work - it is gentle and nice, with piano's and flutes, a very sad instrumental indeed. I'm not ... -> show full review
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Ashes Against The Grain 2006
 #1

8.9 x15
Symphonic Prog Post Metal/Independent
The Mantle 2002
 #2

9.1 x12
Experimental Prog Post Doom Metal/Rock
Pale Folklore 1999
 #3

8.8 x8
Experimental Prog-Related Post Rock/Extreme Metal
The Serpent & The Sphere 2014
 #4

8.7 x3
Experimental Prog-Related Post Doom Metal
Marrow of the Spirit 2010
 #5

7.7 x3
Heavy Prog Post Black Metal
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Pale Folklore 1999
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9.3
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7.2
Non-Prog Independent
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 4 years ago
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7.8
Experimental Prog-Related Doom Metal
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PowerWyrm
9.0
Prog Post Metal
Pale Folklore 1999
 4 years ago
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9.2
Prog Post Extreme Metal
Marrow of the Spirit 2010
 8 years ago
PowerWyrm
6.0
Prog Extreme Metal
Ashes Against The Grain 2006
 9 years ago
Mike
8.4
Atmospheric Minimalistic Prog Post Metal
The Mantle 2002
 9 years ago
Jozef47
8.7
Prog Post Doom Metal
Ashes Against The Grain 2006
 11 years ago
PowerWyrm
8.9
Prog Post Metal
The Mantle 2002
 11 years ago
DetoxScission
9.5
Atmospheric Prog Metal
Ashes Against The Grain 2006
 11 years ago
Mike
8.4
Atmospheric Minimalistic Prog Post Metal