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PALE FOLKLORE

Agalloch

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.71 | 117 ratings

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Sophocles
4 stars This album is my second experience into Agalloch music, after the mighty "Mantle". I am not such a great fan of dark music, I do have the known problem of the growling voices but Agalloch are more than this.

This is their first full length album and a collection of songs between '97 and '98. And it is a wonderful album. They emphasize on the music without letting down the lyrics. They are quite melancholic and in their world of spirits and nature. They pass a feeling of escape. Agalloch have an easygoing, peaceful and overwhelming way of drifting you away. Close your eyes, lights, windows and let it in. This is a ritual not a hearing. You can feel the landscape, the forest, the wind; you can almost smell the wet soil. Damn I am getting too poetic with this.

The music changes mood frequently, getting from hard to slow sweet parts but it always keeps the melody. It's more gothic than folk. The band uses acoustic guitars and synths, nature's sounds and a female voice that completes the vocals. Brilliant effort, great orchestration.

From their first work Agalloch have shown that they have a lot to offer to the prog world and not only to the dark one. They proved that with their following albums. Pale Folklore is an excellent work that deserves at least 4 stars.

Sophocles | 4/5 |

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