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Experimental/Post Metal • United States


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Formed in Portland, Oregon, USA in 1995 - Disbanded in 2016

The essence of AGALLOCH'S music is a combination of cold, dark sorrow and natural aesthetic beauty. The foundation of the band began in late 1995 when a doom/death project called Aeolachrymae was reduced to a pile of ash. From those ashes, three bands were born - SUSURRUS INANIS, NOTHING and AGALLOCH. The primary goal in the beginning was to create majestic and epic dark metal. This vision was shared by the two main creators; John Haughm and Shane Breyer. In early 1996, a few songs slowly started to take form and in the summer, a second guitarist, Don Anderson was found. Later in the autumn, the debut demo "From Which Of This Oak" was recorded and shortly after its release, a permanent bassist - Jason William Walton Joined the effort. In early 1998 AGALLOCH recorded a new promo tape for labels only. The uniqueness of that promo earned the band a deal with The End Records and in January of 1999 they entered the studio to record their debut album.

The album, entitled "Pale Folklore", was released in June of 1999 and received much acclaim for it's grim concepts and folkloric aesthetics. Throughout 2000, the band kept a very low profile until finally emerging again with the release of a limited MCD entitled "Of Stone, Wind and Pillor" in mid 2001. This is a collection of unreleased material from 1998 - 2001 and includes a cover of Sol Invictus' "Kneel to The Cross". This cover also appears on Cynfierdd's "Sol Lucet Omnibus", a 2CD tribute to SOL INVICTUS. From late 2001 - early 2002, the band recorded their second album. Entitled "The Mantle", the album is a 70 minute epic which brings to life a darker, more bleak view of the world through more transcendental, existential, and nihilistic motifs. "The Mantle" is an expression of longing, decay, and the desperation of hope.

In 2006, the band released their third full length album "Ashes Against The Grain", which marked a shift towards a more stripped down sound compared to previous releases. Following in 2008 was "The White EP", a limited release which saw an increased aesthetical focus on acoustics and ambient soundscapes. AGALLOCH are set to release their fourth studio album, entitled "Marrow of the Spirit" in November of 2010. The release includes Aesop Dekker on drums, Dekker has previously toured and performed with AGALLOCH following the release of "Ashes Against The Grain". AGALLOCH also released a live DVD named "The Sile...
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3.76 | 167 ratings
Pale Folklore
1999
4.19 | 398 ratings
The Mantle
2002
3.90 | 239 ratings
Ashes Against the Grain
2006
4.00 | 218 ratings
Marrow Of The Spirit
2010
3.69 | 94 ratings
The Serpent & The Sphere
2014

AGALLOCH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

AGALLOCH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.72 | 18 ratings
The Silence of Forgotten Landscapes
2009

AGALLOCH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.23 | 9 ratings
The Demonstration Archive
2008
4.40 | 5 ratings
The Compendium Archive
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wooden Box
2010
4.67 | 6 ratings
Whitedivisiongrey
2011

AGALLOCH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.83 | 26 ratings
From Which of this Oak
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
Promo 1998
1998
3.31 | 44 ratings
Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor
2001
2.26 | 27 ratings
Tomorrow Will Never Come
2003
2.06 | 31 ratings
The Grey
2004
3.08 | 5 ratings
Agalloch / Nest Split Single
2004
3.55 | 66 ratings
The White EP
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Where Shade Once Was
2010
4.08 | 41 ratings
Faustian Echoes
2012
3.71 | 7 ratings
Celestial Effigy
2014

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 The Silence of Forgotten Landscapes by AGALLOCH album cover DVD/Video, 2009
3.72 | 18 ratings

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The Silence of Forgotten Landscapes
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Agalloch is a high quality post black-metal band from Oregon with various influences. This too short performance in the black-white colours gives us on 71 minutes of music and a good balance of post-rock + black-metal influenced music with sparse doom metal elements. The atmosphere is perhaps less lively than on a typical black-metal band concert but that does not hinder quality in the music. The band is capable of showcasing raw music with sophisticaton on their own. Playing guitar in tandem is enriching. The entire set is well played without any downsides. My only complaint is the short length of the concert. As this is the only official live testament by the band, it's a good enough artifact which naturally misses cuts from their masterpiece "Marrow of the spirit" from 2010.
 The Mantle by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.19 | 398 ratings

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The Mantle
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by RadlyGnarly

5 stars A nearly perfect album in a way that is hard to describe. The pinnacle of the album is the legendary song "In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion" which is both a perfect example of the best Folkloric/Atmospheric Black Metal song and one of the easiest for new ears to the realm to first experience. The rest of the album maintains the precise instrumentation and sophisticated song structure, which I liken to a luxury brand of the genre. While the type of music is "raw", nothing is "raw" about the production of this album. Instruments are clear, and no sound outshines another. As for the vocals, I really enjoy the fluctuation between low growls, soft-spoken whispers, and melodic cleans, that all are placed in the song perfectly with matching lyrics. 10/10 album and highly recommended for any prog fan, especially those looking to get into music with growling vocals and black metal- like riffs.
 The Mantle by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.19 | 398 ratings

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The Mantle
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by John T

5 stars Agalloch's greatest work, and one of the greatest works Black Metal ever had. The Mantle is a perfect balance between beautiful atmospheric sections and hard- hitting riffs and lyrics, in such way that I simply cannot think how you could possibly improve them. The second track (Agalloch's most regarded work), In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion, is easily one of the greatest pieces black metal ever had, and the rest of the tracklist doesn't fall too short. Hawthorne Passage is a beautiful instrumental. You Were But A Ghost In My Arms is the heaviest track of the album and it's also highly dynamic. The closer, A Desolation Song, is one of the darkest (if not the darkest) tracks Agalloch made, with bone-chilling lyrics and a melody that sets you in a dark, depressive mood. A very strong Black Metal album, and I truly recommend it.
 Marrow Of The Spirit by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 218 ratings

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Marrow Of The Spirit
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by John T

5 stars A very strong black metal album from Agalloch. To be honest, Agalloch never made any bad albums. Marrow of the Spirit clearly is no exception and has always remained as my second favorite from theirs, beaten only by The Mantle. This album can be quite inaccessible, due to the prolonged atmospheric sections, but I still recommend you to give it a shot. If you like black metal and atmospheric music then it will definitely grow on you. Strongest track belongs to The Watcher's Monolith, a dynamic track that doesn't remain around the same theme for too long, unlike the other tracks in the album (not like it's a bad thing, but this track feels unique because of that). This and The Mantle are definitely five star albums.
 Ashes Against the Grain by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.90 | 239 ratings

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Ashes Against the Grain
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by progtime1234567

4 stars Agalloch's The Mantle was a great album; one of my favorite post metal and black metal albums. A lot of other people feel this way too, and expectations were high for the follow up to such a great album. Those expectations were fulfilled, and that's why we're all happy with our lives.

Post metal? Yes. Black metal? Yes. Folk metal? Yes. Doom metal? Yes. This album is all you could ask for in an Agalloch album, mainly because the album shows the listener what they are all about. Ashes Against the Grain and The Mantle can be seen as companion albums. Why you may ask? because they are both great and they both sound the same! Actually they don't sound the same but they do sound similar, which is a good thing because Agalloch's sound and style is perfect. And they are both great of course. Acoustic guitar, folk melodies, slow tempos black metal riffage, and post metal doom and gloom, they all make for a great listen.

Agalloch puts on a show with this record; they started it on The Mantle and they continue it with this album. I say that if you've never heard this band, you should listen to them. Now, right now. Start with The Mantle and then come to this one, your ears will thank you.

 Faustian Echoes by AGALLOCH album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.08 | 41 ratings

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Faustian Echoes
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars Agalloch's greatest song, and unfortunately, their last great work. This EP is made up entirely of its title track, a 21-Minute song with its own movements and characteristics. It's also the longest Agalloch track (and the only one to surpass the well-known-in-prog mark of twenty minutes). This is their most complex track and arguably their darkest, featuring voice tracks (from movies, if I remember right), atmospheric sections (typical in the good ol' Agalloch), crushing black metal guitars/drums and vocals that project desperation and anger. The ending of this song (and EP) has the best, most epic ending any Agalloch track ever had! This may be a little inaccessible for those who have not yet started listening to Agalloch, but if you have... What are you waiting for? You must check this out! Faustian Echoes is easily one of the three Agalloch tracks that deserve a solid five star rating, the other two being "In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion" and "Black Lake Nidstang". Absolute masterpiece!
 The Mantle by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.19 | 398 ratings

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The Mantle
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by 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.

 Marrow Of The Spirit by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 218 ratings

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Marrow Of The Spirit
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

5 stars This album is an absolute masterpiece from beginning to end. Easily Agalloch's best ever effort (and the third album in a row that, in my opinion, deserves a 5-star rating). Each track has so much depth into them that they all have a valid reason for being the best of the album. However Into The Painted Gray and BLN are easily the most complete tracks of the album and two of the best songs Agalloch ever made. The only weakness this album could possibly have is the 4-minute beginning interlude, yet even so, when doing a full listen it perfectly complements with the closer To Drown. On top of that, an incredibly immersive experience with perfect balance of atmospheric sections and bone-breaking heavy sections. 100% recommended.
 Ashes Against the Grain by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.90 | 239 ratings

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Ashes Against the Grain
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Hector Enrique

4 stars The snowy and gloomy landscapes, the darkness, and the constant tension sum up what is Ashes Against The Grain, Agalloch's third work. The topics are developed extensively, without rush or urgency, time does not seem to be relevant. Powerful and distorted guitars to the maximum, are set against absolutely crystalline moments, tinged by disturbing atmospheres that seem to presage some fatal outcome.

The album begins with the superb Limbs, almost 10 minutes that go through half times, imposing guitars, two small acoustic interludes, keyboard included, and the guttural voice of John Haughm, to complete a chilling atmosphere. Falling Snow maintains the character of Limbs, but with greater dynamics. After the concise and nature-themed This White Mountain on Which You Will Die, comes a fantastic combination of folk and doom with the extremely melancholic and painful Fire Above, Ice Below, and this time Haughm's clean voice that gives it another tone is, in my opinion, one of the best songs on the album. It shares that honor with the dizzying and dramatic Not Unlike The Waves, another lengthy display of the consistent musical wall that the Agallochs flawlessly build.

The work concludes with the three-part suite Our Fortress Is Burning, which lowers the beats and languishes in ambient developments interrupted only in part II by a couple of verses sung with the guts, and a haunted part III and its haunting and endless suspense, which ends up fading without specifying what it seemed to offer. The concept of the entire album however remains intact.

Ashes Against The Grain is a very good musical work, with a remarkable production and without a doubt recommended for those who enjoy the heavier genres of progressive rock.

 The Mantle by AGALLOCH album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.19 | 398 ratings

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The Mantle
Agalloch Experimental/Post Metal

Review by progtime1234567

5 stars What Agalloch produced here is a very enjoyable piece of music that black metal fans, progressive metal fans, post metal fans, doom metal fans, folk metal fans, and maybe even Gothic metal fans can easily enjoy. As a fan of all the above, this album was very enjoyable for me to listen to. If you are expecting this to be regular old black metal, then you are making a mistake. The band is definitely rooted in black metal, but they add so much more to it that it kind of creates its own style of doomy, folk black metal. The vocal technique uses clean singing and black metal vocals. There are also a lot of black metal riffs. The mood of the album in my opinion is pretty dark as common with black metal and doom metal, and the music sort of reminds me of a very rainy or snowy day. Also employed are the acoustic guitar and keyboard. Chances are, if you like doom metal, Gothic metal, post metal, black metal, or progressive metal, you will enjoy this album. I am going to give this album a five star rating, as the album is just a great work of music, and it is a very enjoyable album.
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