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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: 6

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (9)


Line-up
John Haughm - guitars, vocals
Don Anderson - guitars, piano
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 (43)

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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mz - 19.12.2010 at 11:31  
Rating: 9 Its one of the best metal albums of all and the first album of agalloch that I heard and I really like our fortress is...(II)
Timmeh - 04.02.2011 at 06:26  
Rating: 10 Aaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuurrrrrrrroooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaa swims in the ether....
The Voyager - 01.04.2011 at 22:40  
Rating: 10
Written by Timmeh on 04.02.2011 at 06:26

Aaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuurrrrrrrroooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaa swims in the ether....

This. The greatest moment from the album in my opinion, and one of the greatest moments in music, period.
Întunecatul - 09.08.2011 at 00:51  
Rating: 10 Awesome from Limbs to the closing moments on the bonus track, Scars of the shattered sky
BeastOfMetal456 - 17.08.2011 at 21:15  
 
Written by The Voyager on 01.04.2011 at 22:40

Written by Timmeh on 04.02.2011 at 06:26

Aaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuurrrrrrrroooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaa swims in the ether....

This. The greatest moment from the album in my opinion, and one of the greatest moments in music, period.

Definitely. Spine-Chilling stuff.
dark.scream - 03.12.2011 at 07:07  
Rating: 10 Best fucking album ever!!!!
@gent_-_orange - 28.03.2012 at 02:21  
Rating: 7 This album is quite good but its Agalloch's worst by far IMO, Certain songs go on for longer then they should and their is a real lack of atmosphere on this record compared to their previous and subsequent albums, Its still good but its their worst.
Unhealer - 28.03.2012 at 06:36  
Rating: 6
Written by @gent_-_orange on 28.03.2012 at 02:21

This album is quite good but its Agalloch's worst by far IMO, Certain songs go on for longer then they should and their is a real lack of atmosphere on this record compared to their previous and subsequent albums, Its still good but its their worst.


I thought the same, but today I gave another spin to Pale Folklore and now I'm not so sure which one I prefer.
Erik M. - 14.10.2012 at 22:01  
Rating: 10 It's their best album. The only downside is its last track (Part III: The Grain), which I don't really dislike, but I don't like it a lot either. The Mantle is great, but I'm not a fan of instrumental songs to be honest. Pale Folklore is great, but it's just badly produced. Marrow of the Spirit is very good as well, but I don't like it nearly as much as the others.
Dentura - 12.11.2012 at 21:12  
Rating: 8 This is a great album. I don't think it's as good as Pale Folklore or The Mantle, but I do like it more than Marrow of the Spirit (which was still very good).
Starchild - 07.12.2012 at 21:34  
Rating: 10 Just watching snow falling while listening to this masterpiece. It's awesome experiance
It's so nice to see this album in 12th place in 'top 200 of all time', so well deserved. Definitely one of the best albums i've ever heard!
Lit. - 25.12.2012 at 08:02  
  I prefer this to The Mantle. Beautifully done.
I wish Scars of the Shattered Sky wasn't just available on vinyl. It's pretty sweet.
Bad English - 05.06.2013 at 23:13  
  Well this is weeker then 1 and 2 album, seems band are more insiprated from folk, accustic, less from metal, so I did like it its still metal, its still this band but its not so powerful like previusly full lenght albums
salah mustain - 16.11.2013 at 07:00  
Rating: 10 Awesome
their best album
no one - 29.11.2013 at 21:44  
Rating: 9 Better be good as i have just ordered the vinyl, haven't heard it before just assumed it would be good because i liked the mantle,pale folklore and Marrow of the Spirit so much.
I like what was said in the first post "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.".........so true so true
LeKiwi - 08.12.2013 at 18:52  
Rating: 10 Beautiful music this.
Neroese - 03.01.2014 at 18:47  
  Amazing.
ShayanDaryakar - 07.01.2014 at 13:08  
Rating: 10 Just wow...
Paw.Mnggaran - 25.01.2014 at 07:13  
  Heidrun bleeds the golden nectarrrrrrrr
For the rising sun and the mooooooon.
The midnight wolves who watch over the dawwwwnnnnnnnn!!!!,
The golden dawnnnnn~~~.
robpal - 03.02.2014 at 23:13  
  Top 15 of all-time? Seriously?
Risto - 04.02.2014 at 00:04  
Rating: 9
Written by robpal on 03.02.2014 at 23:13

Top 15 of all-time? Seriously?

The Mantle used to be in top 10. These two are modern classics of metal.
mz - 04.02.2014 at 08:14  
Rating: 9
Written by robpal on 03.02.2014 at 23:13

Top 15 of all-time? Seriously?

care to say why it's odd?
telephonebear - 06.02.2014 at 23:17  
Rating: 9
Written by Timmeh on 04.02.2011 at 06:26

Aaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuurrrrrrrroooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaa swims in the ether....


SOLSTAFIR! love that song
Gawain - 03.03.2014 at 16:57  
  I still can't decide which album I love more, this or The Mantle.. I just adore these albums. Worthy to be in the top 20 of all time In my opinion. 10/10 a masterpiece of music not just metal.
Paw!! - 23.03.2014 at 10:51  
Rating: 10 SOLSTAFIR!! I'm agree this album got Top 15 of all time. modern classic of metal . This is good album for me after Emperor and Ulver.
MelancholiaC - 25.06.2014 at 08:27  
Rating: 8 Overall a very good album, nothing to complain about, but after 10 spins or so I'm having trouble why people would go so far as calling it a "modern classic" - seems a bit of a pedestal to me.

Don't get me wrong. As this doom/atmospheric style is actually right up my alley, I really enjoy the album. However, at the same time I'm not hearing anything that ground-breaking or breath-taking (besides Our Fortress Is Burning... II - Bloodbirds).

Also, the second song Falling Snow still annoys the hell out of me - that beyond bland opening riff - I thought to myself "what the hell is this a pop punk song?"
Troy Killjoy - 25.06.2014 at 11:58  
Rating: 9 Agalloch... pop punk... all of my what.

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