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THE MANTLE

Agalloch

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.18 | 396 ratings

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Isaac Peretz
5 stars Absolute masterpiece! I love this album! Wonderful atmosphere and some seriously beautiful melodies and moments spread around the album!

1. A Celebration For The Death Of Man... (7/10): A wonderful album opener that throws the main theme of the following beast of a track. Always listen ITSOOPC with this one!

2. In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion (11/10): A Sheer and absolute masterpiece. A very dynamic black metal track that, combined with its lyrics, makes you feel in a dark, snowy road in Canada, heading to the unknown. Simply breathtaking, this track alone forces this album to have at least a 4-Star rating.

3. Odal (8/10): A dark instrumental with an atmospheric fade-out that transports you out of this world. I never think of listening specifically this track, but I never skip it when doing full album listens.

4. I Am The Wooden Doors (8.5/10): A great track, and one of the shorter ones in the album. I suppose it's supposed to be the single-type of track from the album and it's really good!

5. The Lodge (6/10): Probably my least favorite, but just like with Odal, I never skip it because it ruins the continuity of the album. Great instrumental nonetheless.

6. You Were But A Ghost In My Arms (9/10): One of the three heavyweights of the album! A very heavy track with its melodic moments and atmospheric sections, and definitely a track that makes up part of the reason why I gave this album five stars.

7. The Hawthorne Passage (10/10): Probably the biggest reason why I gave this album five stars is because it has "In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion" and "The Hawthorne Passage" in one tracklist. Absolutely astonishing instrumental and the third heavyweight of the album. Very dynamic as well, there's no way you will get bored!

8. ... And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth (9/10): A great ballad-type track that serves as a rest after all the crazy stuff you just faced with the previous two tracks. Also works as a nice continuation of the album opener.

9. A Desolation Song (10/10): How can I be giving a 5-Minute ballad a 10/10 rating? Well, because it simply is one of the darkest, most depressive songs I've heard, and that's an achievement no other track in this album managed to obtain. Simply beautiful, an amazing album closer.

Simply a masterpiece. Five stars.

Isaac Peretz | 5/5 |

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