Agalloch - The Mantle


9.2 | 1631 votes |
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

Top 20 albums of 2002: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 11

Line-up
John Haughm - vocals, guitars, drums, percussion, ebow, woodchimes, samples
Donald L. 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
Dream Taster
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 (20)

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 (23)

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27.12.2019 - 14:12
Rating: 10
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mountain King on 11.01.2019 at 13:48

Mmmm it's okay? It's too repetitive and the vocals are just regular growling. The classical guitars and the atmosphere of the album are the highlights but it all keeps going on in loops. I've heard better atmospheric albums and they also had better solos and better vocals. I'm not a big fan of growling but I do appreciate and even enjoy some growling when it's really good or fits the song. I mean, I expected that the metal storm rating was overblown out of proportions.

I think there are a lot of black / death / extreme/ atmospheric metal listeners on this site and anything that has atmosphere and growling which is half decent has the tendency to be a top album on metal storm. 7/10 and that's mainly for the originality, atmoshpere and production. Back in 2002 this must have been a fresh release.

Having just listened to it for the first time in full in a very long while, and it having been my favorite album of all time for a very long time, I'm starting to agree with you a bit. This is an absolutely marvelous album, but it's dragged a bit down by repetitions, with are great motifs and all, but don't work that well with the album's length, hence why I usually just listened to either the first four songs or the last two. I honestly think this would've been a better record if The Lodge was somehow merged with The Hawthorne Passage and it flowed directly into And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth.

Try giving it another listen but remove The Hawthorne Passage and You Were But A Ghost In My Arms. In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion is still my favorite song of all time, so at the very least relisten to the first two songs.
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21.05.2020 - 00:50
Rating: 10
Paulh
01. A Celebration For The Death Of Man... - N/A
02. In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion - 10/10
03. Odal - 10/10
04. I Am The Wooden Doors - 9.5/10
05. The Lodge - 9.5/10
06. You Were But A Ghost In My Arms - 9/10
07. The Hawthorne Passage - 9/10
08. ...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth - 10/10
09. A Desolation Song - 9.5/10

Overall: 9.6/10
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19.12.2020 - 00:40
Rating: 10
Redel
The formula of this album: alternation of excellence of songs:

track 01: beautiful intro
track 02: a highlight
track 03: a very nice one
track 04: a highlight
track 05: a beautiful "filler"
track 06: the brightest highlight
track 07: a very nice one
track 08: a highlight
track 09: a nice closer

This alternation prevents it from generating any boredom IMO -- despite the album length.
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19.12.2020 - 01:21
Rating: 10
musclassia
In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion is a genuine contender for one of the best songs written within metal, I honestly think it's a masterpiece. Hawthorne Passage, Odal and You Were But A Ghost In My Arms are also immense
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19.12.2020 - 13:09
Rating: 10
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by musclassia on 19.12.2020 at 01:21

In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion is a genuine contender for one of the best songs written within metal, I honestly think it's a masterpiece. Hawthorne Passage, Odal and You Were But A Ghost In My Arms are also immense

ITSOOPC is my favourite song ever.
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19.12.2020 - 13:13
Rating: 10
musclassia
Written by RaduP on 19.12.2020 at 13:09

Written by musclassia on 19.12.2020 at 01:21

In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion is a genuine contender for one of the best songs written within metal, I honestly think it's a masterpiece. Hawthorne Passage, Odal and You Were But A Ghost In My Arms are also immense

ITSOOPC is my favourite song ever.


Probably the same for me, or at the very least top 5
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19.12.2020 - 22:50
Rating: 9
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Like every hope I've ever had
Like every dream I've ever known
It washed away in a tide of longing, a longing for a better world
From my will, my throat, to the river, and into the sea, wash away, fade away

That parts fucking gets me every time...
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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20.12.2020 - 09:57
Rating: 10
Gothic Metalhead
Pro Introvert
What a ride with this album. As strange as this sounds this was my first discovery of Agalloch and I originally hated The Mantle for being a boring album that dragged on. I wouldn't give this album another chase until after I listened to Ashes Against The Grain, now my all-time favorite metal album. With every passing listen, it was the greatest reevaluation I ever made as I finally understand that this is what metal means as an art form. Now I literally listen to Agalloch every day (more particularly this album and especially Ashes) and they've become one of my all-time favorites. While I do love Ashes more, The Mantle truly opened my eyes and into my heart. Too bad I discovered them too late after their breakup as I always do with most of my favorite metal bands.
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