Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain


9.1 | 1264 votes |
Release date: 8 August 2006
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Neofolk

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01. Limbs
02. Falling Snow
03. This White Mountain On Which You Will Die
04. Fire Above, Ice Below
05. Not Unlike The Waves
06. Our Fortress Is Burning... I
07. Our Fortress Is Burning... II - Bloodbirds
08. Our Fortress Is Burning... III - The Grain
09. Scars Of The Shattered Sky (Our Fortress Has Burned To The Ground) [Double LP Vinyl 1000 Copies Limited Edition bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2006: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 13

Line-up
John Haughm - guitars, vocals
Don Anderson - guitars, piano, vocals
Chris Greene - drums
Jason William Walton - bass

Guest musicians
Ronn Chick - piano, ebow

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Rating:
8.9
In today's world of overplayed musical styles and boring sameness, a few bands stand out as innovators. Agalloch from Portland, Oregon is one of those bands. With their unique blend of Doom, Gothic and elements of Death metal, those musicians managed to break through the US scene with the highly-acclaimed album The Mantle back in 2002. The band witnessed the arrival of Chris Greene taking over drumming duties for John Haughm (who remains very busy with guitars and vocals) while the rest of the lineup is still rounded up by Jason William Walton (bass) and Don Anderson (guitars).

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published 20.06.2006 | Comments (45)

Guest review by
strade
Rating:
8.0
Agalloch's Ashes Against The Grain. Never have I found another release I love so much yet feel so unsatisfied by. There's so much here, yet it feels as if so much is missing. It's so spot on, but I just don't find it a flawless or even exemplary demonstration of the genre in question. I'd call it the perfect musical embodiment of a love/hate relationship. With that said, however, I must admit that I feel a far greater abundance of the former than the latter.

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published 11.03.2012 | Comments (25)

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19.10.2014 - 02:42
Dima
Written by Guest on 18.10.2014 at 18:41

What is special about this album? I've heard a few seconds of the first song, and the first thing I noticed was that lacks an atmosphere like that of The Mantle, something weird coming from Agalloch.
No offense intended.


Oh it has an atmosphere alright. A cold one at that.
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08.12.2014 - 16:06
Frodd
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Worst album ever.
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08.12.2014 - 17:50
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Guest on 08.12.2014 at 16:06

Worst album ever.

I know, YUCK ... especially that awful song Falling Snow
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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08.12.2014 - 17:53
Frodd
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Written by InnerSelf on 08.12.2014 at 17:50

Written by Guest on 08.12.2014 at 16:06

Worst album ever.

I know, YUCK ... especially that awful song Falling Snow

eww Falling Snow, i couldnt listen to it more than 160 times. absolutely appalling.
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08.12.2014 - 17:57
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Guest on 08.12.2014 at 17:53

eww Falling Snow, i couldnt listen to it more than 160 times. absolutely appalling.

I was like: "I should absolutely 8 this", but then I thought it's totally not worthy of an 8.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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08.12.2014 - 18:01
Frodd
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Written by InnerSelf on 08.12.2014 at 17:57

I was like: "I should absolutely 8 this", but then I thought it's totally not worthy of an 8.

i know right? i bet i could make a better album using nothing but this album and john haughm.
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08.12.2014 - 18:06
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Guest on 08.12.2014 at 18:01

Written by InnerSelf on 08.12.2014 at 17:57

I was like: "I should absolutely 8 this", but then I thought it's totally not worthy of an 8.

i know right? i bet i could make a better album using nothing but this album and john haughm.

This band could make use of you as a devoted listener.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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29.07.2015 - 08:30
Rating: 9
Maco
Man, I've forgotten how amazing this album is.
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I'm derp.
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12.11.2016 - 01:05
Rating: 7
Arcanewind
Dreadrealm
After falling in love with The Mantle, this album truly was a disappointment. It's self-indulgent, all over the place with regard to the musical ideas and just plain boring in the final third. All that by Agalloch's own very high standards of course. It's not all bad or even average, there are plenty of brilliant moments here, but just not enough to make it a masterpiece, which it isn, by a long shot.
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