Agalloch - The Mantle


9.1 | 1330 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: 8

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
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 (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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21.07.2010 - 08:46
Rating: 10
sanpopo
Breathtakingly beautiful!!!
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The End of All Things to Come
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31.07.2010 - 13:05
Rating: 10
drudkhsheepdawg
Stands as an emotional masterpiece that's scope will never fade.
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21.09.2010 - 17:32
Anjana(SriLanka)
A masterpiece .. simply amazing music
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19.02.2011 - 03:00
Rating: 10
Yugosaki
Amazing album
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07.04.2011 - 10:27
Rating: 9
In Flames
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!"
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23.04.2011 - 13:31
Rating: 10
darkpassenger
Sit with a bottle of liquor by the fireplace on a stormy winter's night and listen to "A Desolation Song"..
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15.05.2011 - 00:08
pauli2
Like this album!
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24.05.2011 - 03:17
Beastofmetal456
Account deleted
One of the best I ever heard. Masterpiece.
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03.07.2011 - 00:07
Death_95
Love the album but is it really metal?
I usually listen to thrash and heavy, I'm new to this kind of metal.
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02.08.2011 - 20:00
Rating: 10
bodomroy
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.
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05.08.2011 - 09:26
Timmeh
Dudeman
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
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29.08.2011 - 11:48
Rating: 10
Prometheus
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
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05.09.2011 - 06:50
Rating: 10
strade
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.
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My lo-fi synth project: http://luciddreamer.bandcamp.com
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11.10.2011 - 21:28
moben
One of the best albums!
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14.11.2011 - 00:06
begunia
I love it!
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11.03.2012 - 17:48
Rating: 5
mrgod
I don't like it.
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23.03.2012 - 21:15
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by mrgod on 11.03.2012 at 17:48

I don't like it.

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

Then you are not human.

Neither do I ;]
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23.03.2012 - 21:17
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
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...
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23.03.2012 - 21:19
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
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.
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23.03.2012 - 21:20
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
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
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24.03.2012 - 12:41
Rating: 10
Sonic MrSumo
An absolute masterpiece!
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All the bridges in the world won't save you, if there's no other side to cross to.
- Rock poetry from Silverchair.
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02.05.2012 - 05:06
Rating: 8
infernaldeath87
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!
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13.06.2012 - 08:30
Rating: 10
Dentura
Shadow King
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.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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13.06.2012 - 16:34
Rating: 9
Druss
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.
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13.06.2012 - 16:46
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
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.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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13.06.2012 - 17:07
Rating: 9
Druss
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
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13.06.2012 - 17:14
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
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.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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29.06.2012 - 17:55
Rating: 10
Iron Nostarion
Maiden Whore
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".
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To their tombs the people are immured,
There is their gold, treasure and wealth,
The only condition is to ignore them,
Those who feed on corruption and weave death
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19.07.2012 - 19:05
Rating: 3
Windir
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!
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