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Release date: 13 August 2002
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Neofolk

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01. A Celebration For The Death Of Man...
02. In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion
03. Odal
04. I Am The Wooden Doors
05. The Lodge
06. You Were But A Ghost In My Arms
07. The Hawthorne Passage
08. ...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth
09. A Desolation Song

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Line-up
John Haughm - vocals, guitars, drums, percussion, ebow, woodchimes, samples
Don Anderson - guitars, piano
Jason William Walton - bass, noisescape

Additional musicians:
Danielle Norton - trombone
Ty Brubaker - double bass, accordion
Ronn Chick - synths, mandolin, bells, programming
Aaron Sholes - samples
Neta Smolack - samples

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
9.5
In the true musical lineage of Opeth and Katatonia, Agalloch is one of these mystic and melancholic bands, excelling at playing a smart blend of Doom Metal and few elements from Melodic Death Metal, such as the voice a la Dark Tranquillity. Established as one of the best combos in their style and one of America's most interesting bands, Agalloch was founded in Portland, Oregon in late 1995. After a couple of demos, they scored a deal with The End Records in 1998 and their debut album Pale Folklore was released in 1999. In 2001, a limited MCD entitled Of Stone, Wind and Pillor was released and they then worked on today's chapter, their second full-length album, The Mantle. Agalloch is composed by John Haughm , Don Anderson and Jason William Walton .

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published 03.06.2004 | Comments (19)

Guest review by
telephonebear

Rating:
10
Agalloch are a band that I have only recently started listening to, but they are the first band in a long time that I have fallen in love with instantly. Most of my favourites have grown on me overtime but there was something about The Mantle that captured me immediately.

I tend to listen to cleaner vocal songs, although there are death metal bands I like, but I thought I would be put off by Haughm's raspy blackened vocals. Instead I found them really beautiful the way they weave in and out of the music. That was the thing that struck me most about Agalloch: the beauty of it. The general formula seems to be power chords on electric guitar with gentle twangy acoustic melodies over the top. This works really nicely and the juxtaposition of the heavy and the soft is mirrored when Haugm's vocals become more tuneful. The first time this occurs is in "In The Shadow of Our Pale Companion"-the magnum opus of the album and Agalloch's best along with "Not Unlike the Waves" four years later. The rasps and whispers build up to an epic sounding tuneful cry which gives me shivers every time. The vocals then vary between these two styles, as well as monotone almost talking and whispers through the rest of the album, in a very fluid way. There is no clean verse to harsh verse pattern; it all blends into each other.

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published 30.01.2014 | Comments (25)

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MandoMikey - 28.04.2013 at 17:33  
Rating: 10 To be fair, this album is great for going to sleep to.... i wouldnt at all call it boring tho. its also perfect for long train/bus journeys. I have nothing new to add about this album, ill just weigh in with the masses and say how much i adore it, it restores me to default mindstate if that makes any sense....
Erik M. - 05.05.2013 at 20:44  
Rating: 9 The only problem I have is that A Desolation Song is a weak ending track. Sure, it's a good song, but the album would've been better for me if ...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth was the last track. Although I couldn't say where A Desolation Song would've fit in though, since the song seems a bit out of place... hence why they probably just put it as the last track on the album.
Bad English - 31.05.2013 at 01:51  
  This album introducd me whit this band, long long time ago here on MS, and it was wery long time ago when I last time was listening this one, so this week I gave a tryd 2-3 days non stop .. awesome, awesome memmories and emotions
Nick K. - 22.08.2013 at 13:56  
Rating: 9 Beautiful...just beautiful!
Regolith - 23.08.2013 at 03:34  
Rating: 8 Caution - this album can grow on you! If you're reading this and you're like me your first impression was that you weren't all that impressed. But I've forced multiple listens and I got to say that I'm glad I did. There are some jems in this album. One big thing about them that I enjoy is that they aren't in a rush and they're not trying to blast your ears off. They let the music evolve, which in itself is an attribute to be admired.
Mr.CalmStorm - 06.09.2013 at 13:22  
 
Written by Nick K. on 22.08.2013 at 13:56

Beautiful...just beautiful!

I agree with you
MetalButt - 14.12.2013 at 11:35  
Rating: 10
Written by mrgod on 25.01.2013 at 15:26

Written by Boxcar Willy on 23.03.2012 at 21:15

Written by mrgod on 11.03.2012 at 17:48

I don't like it.

Then you are not human.


yeah, i'm human and i'm sleeping when i listen this album. too slow, too boring...

then you should sleep..foreeeevvverrrr..
Paw.Mnggaran - 25.01.2014 at 07:07  
 
Written by MetalButt on 14.12.2013 at 11:35

then you should sleep..foreeeevvverrrr..

LOL
Erik M. - 27.01.2014 at 19:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 26.01.2014 at 12:49

A desolation song is PERFECT to close off this masterpiece. it's the perfect representation of 'desolation' as we learn it through the journey of the album. it gives me chills every time i listen to it.

btw, i seriously can't think why ashes against the grain is higher than the mantle. imo it's way overrated, ashes against the grain has the weakest ending by far, not the mantle.


Really? I see what you mean though, but I still stand by what I said. I'm also of the opinion that "Ashes" is better than this. One of the reasons is that I'm not a fan of instrumental tracks, so it goes without saying that most instrumental tracks on The Mantle aren't among my favourite songs. AAtG is near-perfect and the only downside is the very last song. While I love long intros, I hate long outros, they bore me to death and make me want to put on another album. The intro of "Our Fortress is Burning" is absolutely brilliantly done, with the built-up and everything, but the outro (Part III) I usually just don't even listen to. Apart from that though, I think AAtG is definitely better than The Mantle overall.
Mr. Doctor - 27.01.2014 at 19:08  
Rating: 9 ^ Madness

That is all.

The marginals are very small though. At their best moments, I almost prefer AAtG but at their least good, the Mantle still wins over AAtG so in other words: The Mantle is far more consistent.
no one - 31.01.2014 at 06:43  
Rating: 9 No Agalloch album has failed me yet!
MehranRe - 07.02.2014 at 15:00  
Rating: 10 Masterpiece
Gawain - 03.03.2014 at 17:00  
  I love, love, love this album. It was my introduction to Agalloch and I remember the day I first grabbed it vividly. It was raining and as I listened to it I could hear the heavy rain on top of it. It created an atmosphere I still remember to this day whenever I listen to it. It gives me chills.

One of the few albums I can say is a 'classic' of metal and music in whole.
Monolithic - 19.03.2014 at 13:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 03.03.2014 at 17:00

I love, love, love this album. It was my introduction to Agalloch and I remember the day I first grabbed it vividly. It was raining and as I listened to it I could hear the heavy rain on top of it. It created an atmosphere I still remember to this day whenever I listen to it. It gives me chills.

One of the few albums I can say is a 'classic' of metal and music in whole.

Pretty much the same case for me, of course it was a hazy evening in Dubai and I was listening to it while I was studying calculus on the bus and I was on my way to the institute.
Erik M. - 29.03.2014 at 22:19  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.03.2012 at 21:15

Neither do I ;]


It pains me to say this, but you just lost a part of your credibility.
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.03.2014 at 22:30  
Rating: 5
Written by Erik M. on 29.03.2014 at 22:19


It pains me to say this, but you just lost a part of your credibility.

My 5 score is incredibly harsh. While I don't find them that exciting I can tell it's quality stuff. This album is overdue for a re-listen anyway.
Erik M. - 30.03.2014 at 17:16  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 29.03.2014 at 22:30

My 5 score is incredibly harsh. While I don't find them that exciting I can tell it's quality stuff. This album is overdue for a re-listen anyway.


A 5 is indeed a harsh score for an album like this. Good to hear you're giving it a second (?) chance.
Alex Fenger - 30.03.2014 at 17:49  
Rating: 10
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 29.03.2014 at 22:30

My 5 score is incredibly harsh. While I don't find them that exciting I can tell it's quality stuff. This album is overdue for a re-listen anyway.

Ah I'm very glad to hear you say that.
This album really holds a special place in my heart. From the first time I heard it, and with every single subsequent listen, I've felt an emotional attachment which only about four other albums can evoke.
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.03.2014 at 17:54  
Rating: 5
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.03.2014 at 17:49

Ah I'm very glad to hear you say that.
This album really holds a special place in my heart. From the first time I heard it, and with every single subsequent listen, I've felt an emotional attachment which only about four other albums can evoke.

I don't think I could ever get that kind of connection from it. I think that kind of thing only happens at certain stages of music listening, and I'm probably far too old and jaded and have all those albums under my belt already
Mr. Doctor - 01.04.2014 at 21:12  
Rating: 9 I love it... and I'm glad it took me so long to check out becayse after doing that I realised it's real impact on quite a few bands. I really like how sometimes it feels like it's only 50% metal and 50% neo-folk. The balance is fantastic and their use fo acoustic guitars is perfect.
mz - 01.04.2014 at 22:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.04.2014 at 21:12

their use fo acoustic guitars is perfect.

Totally agreed, the best usage of acoustic guitars in metal I've heard.
Sonic MrSumo - 03.05.2014 at 15:45  
Rating: 10
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 30.03.2014 at 17:54

I don't think I could ever get that kind of connection from it. I think that kind of thing only happens at certain stages of music listening, and I'm probably far too old and jaded and have all those albums under my belt already

I to am old and jaded, and found this record well into my musical journey...but for me, it was instant captivation and awe!
Maco - 15.05.2014 at 06:37  
Rating: 10 All I can say is that this album (with its predecessor) is and will be a part of me forever.
SongsOfDarkness - 09.10.2014 at 16:39  
 
Written by Maco on 15.05.2014 at 06:37

All I can say is that this album (with its predecessor) is and will be a part of me forever.

Agree.
SongsOfDarkness - 18.10.2014 at 18:49  
 
Written by Guest on 03.03.2014 at 17:00

I love, love, love this album. It was my introduction to Agalloch and I remember the day I first grabbed it vividly. It was raining and as I listened to it I could hear the heavy rain on top of it. It created an atmosphere I still remember to this day whenever I listen to it. It gives me chills.

One of the few albums I can say is a 'classic' of metal and music in whole.

That's just beautiful I see this and other albums the same way. It has an unique atmosphere, you need to experience it, like a good Death/Doom album.
Bad English - 14.12.2014 at 22:13  
 
Written by no one on 31.01.2014 at 06:43

No Agalloch album has failed me yet!


EP's and later ones are weaker IMO

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