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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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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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sanpopo - 21.07.2010 at 08:46  
Rating: 10 Breathtakingly beautiful!!!
drudkhsheepdawg - 31.07.2010 at 13:05  
Rating: 10 Stands as an emotional masterpiece that's scope will never fade.
Anjana(SriLanka) - 21.09.2010 at 17:32  
  A masterpiece .. simply amazing music
Yugosaki - 19.02.2011 at 03:00  
Rating: 10 Amazing album
In Flames - 07.04.2011 at 10:27  
Rating: 9 Awesome!!!!

Yo moriré y nadie se acordará de mí. De mí
Sí, Lis, yo me acordaré de tí e iré a verte al cementerio con una flor y un perro, y en tu funeral cantaré, en voz baja, "¡Que bonito es un entierro!"
darkpassenger - 23.04.2011 at 13:31  
Rating: 10 Sit with a bottle of liquor by the fireplace on a stormy winter's night and listen to "A Desolation Song"..
pauli2 - 15.05.2011 at 00:08  
  Like this album!
Beastofmetal456 - 24.05.2011 at 03:17  
  One of the best I ever heard. Masterpiece.
Death_95 - 03.07.2011 at 00:07  
Rating: 10 Love the album but is it really metal?
I usually listen to thrash and heavy, I'm new to this kind of metal.
bodomroy - 02.08.2011 at 20:00  
Rating: 10 The spanish vocals at the end of The Hawthorne Passage?? yo moriré, yo moriré, etc. somebody knows its origin? I mean where are they taken from.
Timmeh - 05.08.2011 at 09:26  
Rating: 10
Written by bodomroy on 02.08.2011 at 20:00

The spanish vocals at the end of The Hawthorne Passage?? yo moriré, yo moriré, etc. somebody knows its origin? I mean where are they taken from.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fando_y_Lis
Prometheus - 29.08.2011 at 11:48  
Rating: 10 Why the most of the songs in their albums are instrumental? the vocals are just perfection!. i really like them the instumentals are good even if i dont like instrumental songs
strade - 05.09.2011 at 06:50  
Rating: 10
Written by Prometheus on 29.08.2011 at 11:48

Why the most of the songs in their albums are instrumental? the vocals are just perfection!. i really like them the instumentals are good even if i dont like instrumental songs


Only four are instrumental, and two of them are shorter than any of the vocal songs. But I do know what you mean; I don't like instrumental music very much but these are just captivating.

Also, this is hands down one of the greatest albums of all time.
moben - 11.10.2011 at 21:28  
  One of the best albums!
begunia - 14.11.2011 at 00:06  
  I love it!
mrgod - 11.03.2012 at 17:48  
Rating: 5 I don't like it.
Boxcar Willy - 23.03.2012 at 21:15  
Rating: 9
Written by mrgod on 11.03.2012 at 17:48

I don't like it.

Then you are not human.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2012 at 21:15  
Rating: 5
Written by Boxcar Willy on 23.03.2012 at 21:15

Then you are not human.

Neither do I ;]
Boxcar Willy - 23.03.2012 at 21:17  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.03.2012 at 21:15

Written by Boxcar Willy on 23.03.2012 at 21:15

Then you are not human.

Neither do I ;]

D:





The world I knew is dead...
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2012 at 21:19  
Rating: 5
Written by Boxcar Willy on 23.03.2012 at 21:17

D:

The world I knew is dead...

The next world is much more interesting anyway.
Boxcar Willy - 23.03.2012 at 21:20  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 23.03.2012 at 21:19

Written by Boxcar Willy on 23.03.2012 at 21:17

D:

The world I knew is dead...

The next world is much more interesting anyway.

http://i1.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/006/707/nothing-to-do-here-template.jpg.scaled500.jpg
Sonic MrSumo - 24.03.2012 at 12:41  
Rating: 10 An absolute masterpiece!
infernaldeath87 - 02.05.2012 at 05:06  
Rating: 8 I heard this for the first time a couple months ago and I was intrigued, then I listened to it again today, and I was floored by the level of musicianship and song-writing ability of this band. And I love how they just paint a bleak picture of the world in your mind!
Dentura - 13.06.2012 at 08:30  
Rating: 10 This album is an enchanting experience. Only Agalloch could possibly make an album this devastatingly beautiful in all its melancholic glory. It is tied with Blind Guardian's "A Night at the Opera" (i know, they are completely unrelated albums) as my favorite album for the year 2002, and are both among my favorites of all time.
Druss - 13.06.2012 at 16:34  
Rating: 9 The first black metal album of any kind I've listened to the whole way through....''In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion'' floored me, the rest of the album kept me there.
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.06.2012 at 16:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Druss on 13.06.2012 at 16:34

The first black metal album of any kind I've listened to the whole way through....''In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion'' floored me, the rest of the album kept me there.


The last time I listened to The Mantle there was zero to no black metal in it at all.
Druss - 13.06.2012 at 17:07  
Rating: 9 Maybe should've made further mention that I haven't listened to too many black metal albums since I was more going on the fact I've most often seen Agalloch labelled as blackened folk, or.....folkened black
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.06.2012 at 17:14  
Rating: 9
Written by Druss on 13.06.2012 at 17:07

Maybe should've made further mention that I haven't listened to too many black metal albums since I was more going on the fact I've most often seen Agalloch labelled as blackened folk, or.....folkened black


their debut has more black in it as does their most recent one. But this one none whatsoever and neither does the one after.
Iron Nostarion - 29.06.2012 at 17:55  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.06.2012 at 17:14

Written by Druss on 13.06.2012 at 17:07

Maybe should've made further mention that I haven't listened to too many black metal albums since I was more going on the fact I've most often seen Agalloch labelled as blackened folk, or.....folkened black


their debut has more black in it as does their most recent one. But this one none whatsoever and neither does the one after.


I think you forgot "I Am The Wooden Doors".
Windir - 19.07.2012 at 19:05  
Rating: 4
Written by mrgod on 11.03.2012 at 17:48

I don't like it.

Yep, this album is ridiculously overrated! I bought it after reading so many good reviews about it... SOLD!
Unhealer - 19.07.2012 at 19:13  
Rating: 9
Written by Windir on 19.07.2012 at 19:05

Yep, this album is ridiculously overrated! I bought it after reading so many good reviews about it... SOLD!


Why would you think it is overrated? Wouldn't it be that you just "don't like it" like the guy you quoted?
Windir - 19.07.2012 at 19:22  
Rating: 4
Written by Unhealer on 19.07.2012 at 19:13

Written by Windir on 19.07.2012 at 19:05

Yep, this album is ridiculously overrated! I bought it after reading so many good reviews about it... SOLD!


Why would you think it is overrated? Wouldn't it be that you just "don't like it" like the guy you quoted?

It's overrated because too many people like it being black metal/neo folk (as described in this site). Firstly, it's not black metal at all, if you say it's a post rock masterpiece I would maybe agree with that but it doesn't matter, if you quoted my post is because you certainly like the mantle, I don't. So, it's a pointless discussion.
Unhealer - 19.07.2012 at 19:40  
Rating: 9
Written by Windir on 19.07.2012 at 19:22

if you quoted my post is because you certainly like the mantle, I don't. So, it's a pointless discussion.


That was my point. You can like it or not and that is fine, but by saying it is overrated I guess you mean that the people that actually like it, like for the "wrong reason" or something. And I don't see that has anything to do with the genres.
JÄY - 19.07.2012 at 22:57  
Rating: 10
Written by Windir on 19.07.2012 at 19:22

if you say it's a post rock masterpiece I would agree


well, there you have it... you think its a masterpiece....change your rating
Windir - 20.07.2012 at 16:42  
Rating: 4
Written by JÄY on 19.07.2012 at 22:57

Written by Windir on 19.07.2012 at 19:22

if you say it's a post rock masterpiece I would agree


well, there you have it... you think its a masterpiece....change your rating


there are a lot of masterpieces I don't like in many genres (as everybody).
do you like the music of japanese theater (nô) it's folklore masterpiece(s) for many people there... I don't care and my rating can be 1 or 4 it doesn't matter
do you like ricky martin? his music is pure awesomeness for many people (pop style or whatever) my rating: -3 or 0 and again it doesn't matter
do you like nirvana? for many people it's a masterpiece (grunge or whatever it is) my rating: 0
so what's the point? if you say some (or all the) music I like is pure shit it's just an opinion as EVERY SINGLE POST in this site and I don't care. The problem here is that too many people get annoyed when I say The Mantle Is overrated, so what? I guess if I say Opeth is boring and overrated I'm going to be banned and cursed! ha ha
and I can hear some: "so, if you don't like the album why bothering rating it?" How can you say you don't like something if you don't know it?
Anyway, my rating is about MY musical satisfaction, not about the opinion of the masses.
Mr. Doctor - 20.07.2012 at 16:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Windir on 19.07.2012 at 19:22
It's overrated because too many people like it being black metal/neo folk (as described in this site). Firstly, it's not black metal at all, if you say it's a post rock masterpiece I would maybe agree with that but it doesn't matter.


I personally have no idea why this is labeled as BM at all, so I might jump into it and ask around. It's definitely metal though.
M C Vice - 28.07.2012 at 14:05  
Rating: 9 #9 in the top 200? This thing is flying up in the ratings.
aeternal - 07.09.2012 at 00:39  
Rating: 7 Didn't like it, too atmospheric and slow, boring album. if you are Marrow Of The Spirit type of guy, don't try this one.
Ellrohir - 07.09.2012 at 01:18  
 
Written by aeternal on 07.09.2012 at 00:39

Didn't like it, too atmospheric and slow, boring album. if you are Marrow Of The Spirit type of guy, don't try this one.


and vice verse
Unhealer - 07.09.2012 at 05:39  
Rating: 9
Written by aeternal on 07.09.2012 at 00:39

Didn't like it, too atmospheric and slow, boring album. if you are Marrow Of The Spirit type of guy, don't try this one.


And weirdos like me that truly enjoy only these two?
Ellrohir - 07.09.2012 at 13:14  
 
Written by Unhealer on 07.09.2012 at 05:39

And weirdos like me that truly enjoy only these two?


lets put you in cage and show you around the world as a curiosity
Angry Chair - 01.10.2012 at 21:31  
Rating: 10 At first didn't like this that much but now I think its great, for anyone who isn't keen on it keep listening you may eventually grow to love it like me.

Really gooooooooooooooood, relaxing, beautiful, picturesque (don't know whether I spelt that right).

BlueMobius - 02.10.2012 at 04:53  
Rating: 10 There is a great article in the latest Decibel magazine (the one with Pig Destroyer on the cover) about the making of The Mantle.
LordHypnos - 20.10.2012 at 15:31  
Rating: 10 This album made me an Agalloch fan. The quality of this album totally blew me up, and I didn't find any flaws!
meadow - 07.11.2012 at 06:53  
Rating: 10 Flawless!! this album is up to par with Symbolic and Blackwater Park.
Illog1cal - 27.11.2012 at 22:01  
 
Written by meadow on 07.11.2012 at 06:53

Flawless!! this album is up to par with Symbolic and Blackwater Park.


Symbolic is a strange comparison to this album.
Erik M. - 07.12.2012 at 00:28  
Rating: 9
Written by aeternal on 07.09.2012 at 00:39

Didn't like it, too atmospheric and slow, boring album. if you are Marrow Of The Spirit type of guy, don't try this one.


Huh? Marrow of the Spirit is more atmospheric and slower than this album. I think you're confused.
Unhealer - 07.12.2012 at 20:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 07.12.2012 at 00:28


Huh? Marrow of the Spirit is more atmospheric and slower than this album. I think you're confused.


He is correct, think which of the two albums is filled with blastbeats, tremolo riffing and only a few seconds of clean vocals
Erik M. - 07.12.2012 at 20:45  
Rating: 9
Written by Unhealer on 07.12.2012 at 20:05

He is correct, think which of the two albums is filled with blastbeats, tremolo riffing and only a few seconds of clean vocals


Well, I haven't listened to "Marrow" in a while, but when I wrote my previous comment I was thinking about Black Lake Nidstang and To Drown, which are two pretty slow and atmospheric songs. But yeah, the others are different at least.
mrgod - 25.01.2013 at 15:26  
Rating: 5
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...

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