Agalloch - The Mantle


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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

Top 20 albums of 2002: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 13

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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03.09.2016 - 18:33
Dima
Written by VIG on 03.09.2016 at 16:44

10000000000000000000000000000000000000/10


wish i could listen to it for the first time again
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03.09.2016 - 19:16
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
A Desolation Song is the perfect closer for this album.
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21.09.2016 - 21:22
Rating: 10
Pupkin
My favourite metal album so far. Magnificent.
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15.11.2016 - 20:53
Rating: 9
Metren
Dreadrealm 2.0
Written by Metren on 26.08.2016 at 18:41

I'm finally, very very slowly learning to appreciate this album and this band. Can't wait for the right moment to listen to this in the winter by the fireplace with a glass of mulled wine in my hand.


And that time has come, rather sooner than I had expected. It's snowing (has been for days, even though it is only November), there's a fire warming my room, mulled wine to drink and this album. Perfect, absolutely perfect. Sometimes life's good
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12.12.2016 - 18:47
Rating: 9
Paw!!
From Atmospheric Black Metal to Folk Metal, Dark Folk, Neofolk, Doom Metal, Post-Rock, Progressive Metal, I hear all of them in this fuckin album, still impressive.
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02.02.2017 - 18:05
Rating: 9
VIG
Viggg
Written by Dima on 03.09.2016 at 18:33

Written by VIG on 03.09.2016 at 16:44

10000000000000000000000000000000000000/10


wish i could listen to it for the first time again

Oh wow, i would give this a 7 out of 10 now maybe 8
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03.02.2017 - 09:13
Dima
Written by VIG on 02.02.2017 at 18:05

Written by Dima on 03.09.2016 at 18:33

Written by VIG on 03.09.2016 at 16:44

10000000000000000000000000000000000000/10


wish i could listen to it for the first time again

Oh wow, i would give this a 7 out of 10 now maybe 8


you're not allowed to change your opinion
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03.02.2017 - 12:59
Rating: 9
VIG
Viggg
Written by Dima on 03.02.2017 at 09:13

Written by VIG on 02.02.2017 at 18:05

Written by Dima on 03.09.2016 at 18:33

Written by VIG on 03.09.2016 at 16:44

10000000000000000000000000000000000000/10


wish i could listen to it for the first time again

Oh wow, i would give this a 7 out of 10 now maybe 8


you're not allowed to change your opinion

but I am.
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04.04.2017 - 23:50
Rating: 9
VIG
Viggg
Quote:
Written by Dima on 03.02.2017 at 09:13

Oh wow, i would give this a 7 out of 10 now maybe 8


you're not allowed to change your opinion

I swear, I was an idiot when I wrote that, this is a 10/10. My opinion changes too much.
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05.04.2017 - 12:38
Dima
Quote:
Written by VIG on 04.04.2017 at 23:50

Written by Dima on 03.02.2017 at 09:13

Oh wow, i would give this a 7 out of 10 now maybe 8


you're not allowed to change your opinion

I swear, I was an idiot when I wrote that, this is a 10/10. My opinion changes too much.


lmao what the hell man
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05.04.2017 - 14:37
Rating: 9
VIG
Viggg
Quote:
Written by Dima on 05.04.2017 at 12:38

Written by VIG on 04.04.2017 at 23:50

Written by Dima on 03.02.2017 at 09:13

Oh wow, i would give this a 7 out of 10 now maybe 8


you're not allowed to change your opinion

I swear, I was an idiot when I wrote that, this is a 10/10. My opinion changes too much.


lmao what the hell man

I don't even know.
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01.10.2017 - 10:57
Rating: 10
Kvothe
Agalloch is definitely the band with the best finals in the metal. From And the great cold death of the earth, A desolation song and Bloodbirds from Ashes I feel a satisfying saisfaccion that leaves me a feeling that something divine happened. Definitely this album and Ashes are in my top 20 metal albums of all time.
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02.10.2017 - 09:25
Rating: 9
Paź
ex-News Man
I just got the remastered version of this masterpiece on vinyl. It looks as cool as it sounds!

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06.12.2017 - 22:09
Rating: 6
Branowar
This album bores me.
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02.01.2018 - 03:47
Maco
Carnivore
Listening to this in Cusco... it fits

How can this album be so damn near-perfect?
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By body... Redemption?
By God... Domination?
By Pilate... Crucifixion!
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03.01.2018 - 23:00
Rating: 9
VIG
Viggg
Written by Maco on 02.01.2018 at 03:47

How can this album be so damn near-perfect?

Yet you gave it a 10 (meaning it is perfect)
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04.01.2018 - 12:06
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by VIG on 03.01.2018 at 23:00

Yet you gave it a 10 (meaning it is perfect)

Don't be a pedant. I'd give it a 10 as well, although I think the closing track is slightly underwhelming.
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14.02.2018 - 00:14
Rating: 9
VIG
Viggg
This album may be perfect.
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14.02.2018 - 04:04
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by VIG on 03.01.2018 at 23:00

Yet you gave it a 10 (meaning it is perfect)

A 9.5 would round up
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18.03.2018 - 18:23
DeliciousDishes
I will never get the hype around this band.
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19.03.2018 - 10:06
Dima
Written by DeliciousDishes on 18.03.2018 at 18:23

I will never get the hype around this band.


That attitude certainly doesn't help
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20.04.2018 - 06:28
Rating: 8
DeathMetal
Beautiful album, a bit boring at times, but I liked it none the less.
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17.09.2018 - 07:41
Rating: 9
Paw!!
Written by VIG on 03.09.2016 at 16:44

10000000000000000000000000000000000000/10

change your rate.
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25.10.2018 - 04:29
Rating: 10
GIO 616
It's a wonderful album, but a little long
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25.10.2018 - 04:35
Rating: 10
GIO 616
It's a wonderful album, but a little long
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11.01.2019 - 13:48
Rating: 7
Mountain King
K i K o
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.
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11.01.2019 - 16:05
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by GIO 616 on 25.10.2018 at 04:35

It's a wonderful album, but a little long

Maybe you accidently listened to it twice?
(just like you posted this twice)

Anyway, I always fail to see people rating 10/10 but complaining about the length of an album.
If you really do think it's perfect, you should be happy for every single piece of music you received for your money, shouldn't you?
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11.01.2019 - 17:08
Starvynth
i c deaf people
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.

I am sharing most of your thoughts, in particular concerning the endless loops and the general grade of repetition.
I do not mind the growls at all, in fact, my favorite styles doom/death, death and black do not compute without growls. And I really do like the slower, mellow, accoustic spectrum of metal, too.
So looking at the ingredients of The Mantle and the encomia it accumulated, this should be one of my favorite albums. But it's not. In fact, I didn't even bother to ever purchase this.

Caused by the fulsome reviews, I bought Pale Folklore a couple of years ago. I gave it quite a couple of spins but just couldn't urge myself into liking it. It bored the pants off me and ended up 6/10.
Then people kept on telling me how paramount the following The Mantle was, but same story here. I just can't spot any outstanding highlights and riffs sticking in my mind are scarce exceptions.
I just re-listened and even right after these 68 minutes, I fail to recall a single melody or passage deserving all the praise this album gets. I'd even say the vocals and the instrumentals are at best of mediocre quality.
Luckily, I didn't spent any money finding out that this album barely contains anything I'd necessarily have to hear again.

I am happy for anyone adoring this album but I just don't get it.
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11.01.2019 - 19:51
Rating: 7
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by Starvynth on 11.01.2019 at 17:08

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.

I am sharing most of your thoughts, in particular concerning the endless loops and the general grade of repetition.
I do not mind the growls at all, in fact, my favorite styles doom/death, death and black do not compute without growls. And I really do like the slower, mellow, accoustic spectrum of metal, too.
So looking at the ingredients of The Mantle and the encomia it accumulated, this should be one of my favorite albums. But it's not. In fact, I didn't even bother to ever purchase this.

Caused by the fulsome reviews, I bought Pale Folklore a couple of years ago. I gave it quite a couple of spins but just couldn't urge myself into liking it. It bored the pants off me and ended up 6/10.
Then people kept on telling me how paramount the following The Mantle was, but same story here. I just can't spot any outstanding highlights and riffs sticking in my mind are scarce exceptions.
I just re-listened and even right after these 68 minutes, I fail to recall a single melody or passage deserving all the praise this album gets. I'd even say the vocals and the instrumentals are at best of mediocre quality.
Luckily, I didn't spent any money finding out that this album barely contains anything I'd necessarily have to hear again.

I am happy for anyone adoring this album but I just don't get it.

Exactly my thoughts. I will have to check the rest of the discography because to be honest I'm not familiar with the other albums. I just saw their live DVD once but I don't recall anything specific.

When I saw the notification I thought I was being bashed by a fan for not liking the album so I'm glad I got to read such a constructive comment.

Have a great weekend.
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11.01.2019 - 23:13
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Mountain King on 11.01.2019 at 19:51

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When I saw the notification I thought I was being bashed by a fan for not liking the album so I'm glad I got to read such a constructive comment.

Have a great weekend.

That's exactly what I thought when your notification popped up.
Your rating does still imply it's good, 7/10 should never justify hard bashing.
But maybe the hardcore fans are already waiting in the wings and poisoning their daggers? Who knows...

The same to you!
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