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FROM WHICH OF THIS OAK

Agalloch

 

Experimental/Post Metal

2.82 | 21 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars "From Which of This Oak" is a demo release by US post black metal/doom metal act Agalloch, self-released in 1996. Agalloch are quite the prolific act these days, but everyone´s got to start somewhere and this is their first release.

The music on the demo is doomy and dark extreme metal. The vocals are very harsh and raspy. There are some clean singing on the demo too, but those vocal parts are usually hidden behind layers of chorus and reverb. There are also some female singing on the demo which add some extra diversity to the sound.

It´s obvious that the band have some great melodic ideas and the tracks are often led by melodic lead guitar themes. Out of the 4 tracks on the 34:43 minutes long demo, one track is an atmospheric and mostly instrumental track ("Foliorum Viridum"), while the remaining 3 tracks are much longer blackened doom metal tracks.

Considering that "From Which of This Oak" is a demo the sound quality is pretty good, although not of a professional standard. As far as demos go it´s always interesting to hear where it all started for an artist that have achived quite a lot of artistic success since then and "From Which of This Oak" proves to be a decent and promising start to Agalloch´s career. A 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is warranted.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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