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Release date: 26 September 2011
Style: Folk metal, Post-Rock

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8.2 | 101 votes

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01. We Are Gathering Dust
02. Beyond Embers And The Earth
03. Horizons
04. Where We Believe
05. The Carrying Light
06. To Walk Amongst The Dead
07. Solace

The best Metalgaze album of 2011

Review
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Guest review by
BoxCar Willy

Rating:
8.9
It is a rarity with music to find an album that you truly and utterly love. To reach the "absolutely love" status, one must not just like the music, but connect with it. They must feel what the musicians felt during the writing process. Where Distant Spirits Remain is an album I truly love.

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published 24.06.2012 | Comments (10)

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Chobo_jokeR - 16.10.2011 at 00:58  
Rating: 8 Am I ever glad I stopped reading my Taxation textbook to listen to this album. Awesome album. This is precisely the kind of album I've been waiting for all year. One that blew me away from the beginning moments of the first song.
Promonex - 16.10.2011 at 02:30  
Rating: 8 A great album indeed and maybe even the best debut of the year. Maybe. It reminds me a lot of Grey Waters and the fascination for their EP has worn off quite fast. Let's see if this album can keep my attention for a longer time.
BloodTears - 16.10.2011 at 10:57  
  Sounds interesting. Will check it out.
Mr. Doctor - 16.10.2011 at 12:10  
  Im possible not to read Fagalloch while being drunk... So far it sounds quite neat, gotta check more songs out.
InnerSelf - 16.10.2011 at 22:23  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.10.2011 at 12:10

Im possible not to read Fagalloch while being drunk... So far it sounds quite neat, gotta check more songs out.


Not drunk .... reading it Fagalloch, FFFFUUUUUUU
strade - 16.10.2011 at 22:48  
Rating: 8 Wondered if this would be added. This is nice album right here.
Slayer666 - 16.10.2011 at 22:49  
Rating: 6 Sounds pretty damn sweet after one listen. Will give it more time and rate it afterwards.

It does indeed bear some resemblance to Agalloch's Ashes, so Fagalloch it is... xD
Marcus - 17.10.2011 at 04:34  
  Neat album but damn the vocals seem bad/out of place.
R'Vannith - 17.10.2011 at 13:01  
 
Written by Marcus on 17.10.2011 at 04:34

Neat album but damn the vocals seem bad/out of place.


Beginning to think it was just me but yeah I agree, the vocals are a little off-putting for me. Some wonderful music no doubt.
Pétur - 21.10.2011 at 00:13  
  After the disappoint of Old Silver Key this band comes as a nice surprise! It sounds so fresh and new. shoegazy metal FTW.

I also have to admit I help remember this band by remembering that their name is so similar to Agalloch.
Troy Killjoy - 16.11.2011 at 08:38  
  A little late to the party as usual...

I'm disappointed by this. Not because it's bad, but because it could have been a lot better. The vocals are incredibly weak here and totally detract from the atmosphere the music creates. Top-notch songwriting though. Soothing, yet varied.
Kenos - 28.12.2011 at 13:47  
  Yeah, good/great songwriting but zero originality and irksome vocals. Nothing special anyway.
Evil Chip - 09.02.2012 at 23:48  
Rating: 8 I found this a really strong release. The structure of the songs isn't drowned by the atmospheric part of it and that's really nice. The vocals could be better (though i don't find them bad at all) but the melodies that are in them are captivating.
Tornado Of Souls - 17.02.2012 at 01:21  
Rating: 10 Don't see what's wrong with the vocals personally, i love them.
tea[m]ster - 23.02.2012 at 02:08  
Rating: 8 Holy Alcest Batman...
...which isn't a bad thing
BoxCar Willy - 19.03.2012 at 02:42  
Rating: 9 These guys look like incredible hipsters...


Sounds like my kind of music though.
Mehdi Taba - 24.05.2012 at 23:28  
Rating: 9 Instrumental parts was awesome specially "Horizons" 8.5
BoxCar Willy - 10.06.2012 at 07:14  
Rating: 9 Wow, I was a little wary checking this out, because of all the hubbub about the vocals, but honestly, it's just people being "Tr00" and close minded about clean vocals. This album is fantastic, it's not the most original album out there, but the instrumentals are just perfect, and just when it's starts to get repetitive, it ends.



Review coming soon.
Timmeh - 10.06.2012 at 07:38  
Rating: 8
Written by BoxCar Willy on 10.06.2012 at 07:14
...it's just people being "Tr00" and close minded about clean vocals...

No it's not close mindedness, the vocals were just not that good (as in the sound of his voice), kinda flattened the mood.
Slayer666 - 11.06.2012 at 16:12  
Rating: 6
Written by BoxCar Willy on 10.06.2012 at 07:14

Wow, I was a little wary checking this out, because of all the hubbub about the vocals, but honestly, it's just people being "Tr00" and close minded about clean vocals. This album is fantastic, it's not the most original album out there, but the instrumentals are just perfect, and just when it's starts to get repetitive, it ends.



Review coming soon.


It wasn't just the vocals to me, though, the whole thing just sounds bland as hell. I liked it a lot after the first or second listen, but after that it just shows how stale and "meh" it is.
BoxCar Willy - 12.06.2012 at 21:48  
Rating: 9
Written by Slayer666 on 11.06.2012 at 16:12

Written by BoxCar Willy on 10.06.2012 at 07:14

Wow, I was a little wary checking this out, because of all the hubbub about the vocals, but honestly, it's just people being "Tr00" and close minded about clean vocals. This album is fantastic, it's not the most original album out there, but the instrumentals are just perfect, and just when it's starts to get repetitive, it ends.



Review coming soon.


It wasn't just the vocals to me, though, the whole thing just sounds bland as hell. I liked it a lot after the first or second listen, but after that it just shows how stale and "meh" it is.

I don't know, I've listen to it again all weekend and this morning it was even better, I can see why people don't like it though, they aren't your perfect band by any means, but I find the amaturistic vocals as very emotional, and this has lots of atmosphere and little

I don't know, I still love this thing.
Gonzo666 - 26.06.2012 at 02:08  
Rating: 9 I absolutely love this release. Took me a while to get into it. A very weird blend of music but it all works out pretty damn well. Great album.
J:oKeR - 26.06.2012 at 13:13  
Rating: 9 Nice album....hope they continue improving on their sound....very nice...:) 9
Array - 31.08.2012 at 00:15  
  Somehow pseudo-profound. I guess it could be a decent release if a charismatic vocalist would replace that awful voice.
Starchild - 31.08.2012 at 01:58  
Rating: 9 Hm, I can't see what is wrong with the vocals. I actually think they are pretty good..
Anyway, beautiful music, great album.
Evil Chip - 27.09.2012 at 05:59  
Rating: 8 The vocals sound good, not outstanding but nice. The folk-post blend is really nice in this one.
ThunderAxe1989 - 14.11.2012 at 04:59  
  An unlikely mix (post-rock and folk metal), but it works. I love the way they compose.....what a great team! This album is beautiful.



Doge of Venice - 20.04.2013 at 21:39  
Rating: 8 Really love the music on this album. Didn't mind the vocals at first, but they grew irritating the more I listen, though sometimes I don't mind them. Kinda interested to see how the vocals work on the next album.
oshgar - 14.08.2013 at 04:27  
  After being initially turned off by the vocals, I decided to give this another chance. I'm still not a huge fan of the vocals, and I do like clean vocals but the music is an awesome posty folky mix that really conjures images of the emerald isle. Hopefully their new lead singer is better on the next album which I am actually psyched for now.

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