Acclaimed folk black metal quartet Agalloch have unveiled a new song titled "Celestial Effigy" which is available for streaming over at Pitchfork or below. The track is taken off their upcoming album The Serpent & The Sphere which is due to hit the shelves on the 13th of May this year via Profound Lore Records in North America followed by an European release by Eisenwald on May 19th. This is the first taste available from the new album so far.

You can catch up on the previous album details over here and here.

How does the new track sit as a follow-up to their previous effort Marrow Of The Spirit, released back in 2010?








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Posted: 18.03.2014 by LeKiwi



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Monolithic - 18.03.2014 at 17:47  
I think it stands out as marvelous.
Alex Fenger - 18.03.2014 at 17:58  
Yeah this is great
Apothecary - 18.03.2014 at 17:59  
Honestly not too impressed with this one, the BM vocals kinda killed it a bit, I think more cleans could do it some good. Not letting my hopes down though, I'm sure the whole album won't be like this.
Mr. Doctor - 18.03.2014 at 18:06  
I enjoyed it! Nice drums. As for the vocals, they are nothing new tbh, they sound like all their albums to me.
Kevorkian - 18.03.2014 at 18:32  
Quite good. Great drumming, and I really like when the lead guitar and layered vocals kick in near the end, right around 5:40.
BlueMobius - 18.03.2014 at 18:59  
I like this track. This is making May seem so far away even though it isn't. lol.
Dentura - 18.03.2014 at 19:24  
Awesome song! I need to pre-order this album.
Azhu - 18.03.2014 at 19:56  
Sounds good. Looking forward to the full album now even more now.
Mechaniacal - 18.03.2014 at 20:07  
Glorious. I expect nothing less from these guys.
Reaper_Redeamer - 18.03.2014 at 20:07  
Enjoyed the 02:20 - 03:15 part!!! Otherwise couldn't be considered something special.
Michaelis - 18.03.2014 at 20:27  
And thats why I can't wait for the rest alum. Sound like true Agalloch.
Draugen - 18.03.2014 at 20:41  
No surprises here which I don't necessarily see as a bad thing. Good song.
BloodJuNkie - 18.03.2014 at 20:54  
Nice one!
Koda - 18.03.2014 at 20:54  
Oh my fuck <3 I don't know what it is about this band, but it's just stunning to me, it's a band that I can always listen to and just feel good. I cannot wait for this whole new album. And hopefully someday I will get to see them live. \m/
Erik M. - 18.03.2014 at 20:55  
Sounds damn great if you ask me. I'm definitely expecting this to be better than Marrow of the Spirit, at the very least (which was just "good", for their high standards).
pyrz - 18.03.2014 at 21:02  
Amazing shit
tea[m]ster - 18.03.2014 at 21:11  
Sharpest-produced Agalloch sound ever, easily.
Daniell - 18.03.2014 at 21:54  
Sounds close to Ashes Against the Grain sans clear vocals. My hopes have just skyrocketed.
Super_Greg - 18.03.2014 at 22:07  
Very dark vocals. I do agree that they are somewhat overkill.
JÄY - 18.03.2014 at 22:12  
Liked it more than anything from Marrow!!
TheLostChord - 18.03.2014 at 22:37  
Awesome!
Dima - 19.03.2014 at 00:32  
I like it but I reckon some clean vocals would have helped.
TrollandDie - 19.03.2014 at 01:22  
I'm liking it a lot!
Fearmeister - 19.03.2014 at 09:27  
Sounds like its ripped from Pale Folklore. Not sure how this makes me feel.
Ace Frawley - 19.03.2014 at 11:25  
Sounds a lot like the songs on the other albums I have (The Mantle and Ashes Against the Grain) so I'm happy with that. I like those earlier albums a lot so I may invest in this one when it comes out, on the strength of this track. I notice the Pitchfork spiel describes the track as "the seven-minute centerpiece" of the upcoming new album - I wonder if that means this is longest track or close to the longest? Personally, I'd welcome that as I've grown a bit tired of most songs that go past 8-minutes. Of course there are plenty of exceptions, before people rain down on me about it.
Dark Cornatus - 19.03.2014 at 11:43  
To be honest, it was nothing special to me. Not bad mind you, just totally flat. I think it's the bass being too rich. It's definitely one of their more simplistic songs.
Lehctim - 19.03.2014 at 20:40  
Helsyes that's what I've been waiting for. Fantastic production suits their style.
mz - 19.03.2014 at 21:39  
Written by tea[m]ster on 18.03.2014 at 21:11

Sharpest-produced Agalloch sound ever, easily.

I have not listened to all of their EP's and splits but MoTS is much sharper than this tbh.
mz - 19.03.2014 at 21:43  
Yeah, it is pretty similar to AAtG tracks. Not as high as that album in terms of quality, though. Still a very good one.
tea[m]ster - 20.03.2014 at 03:26  
Written by mz on 19.03.2014 at 21:39

I have not listened to all of their EP's and splits but MoTS is much sharper than this tbh.


MoTS sounds a bit more "grainy/coarse". This new track sounds crisper.
Ikuinen - 20.03.2014 at 13:45  
Sounds like Agalloch;)
telephonebear - 20.03.2014 at 21:26  
5:40 = epic dark agallochiness
Rodney - 21.03.2014 at 12:45  
Written by Ace Frawley on 19.03.2014 at 11:25

I notice the Pitchfork spiel describes the track as "the seven-minute centerpiece" of the upcoming new album - I wonder if that means this is longest track or close to the longest?

Looking at the track listing this is song 5 of 9, so it's the dead center of the album, which is what I think they meant. I have a really hard time imagining their not being any longer songs on the album than this one. It is Agalloch after all.
Luneth - 21.03.2014 at 14:46  
Sounds good, this album will probably be more progressive.
Ace Frawley - 22.03.2014 at 10:01  
Written by Rodney on 21.03.2014 at 12:45

Written by Ace Frawley on 19.03.2014 at 11:25

I notice the Pitchfork spiel describes the track as "the seven-minute centerpiece" of the upcoming new album - I wonder if that means this is longest track or close to the longest?

Looking at the track listing this is song 5 of 9, so it's the dead center of the album, which is what I think they meant. I have a really hard time imagining their not being any longer songs on the album than this one. It is Agalloch after all.


Yes, you're probably right. I think it was probably just wishful thinking on my part for some shorter tracks. I'm going through a phase of finding it hard to get into longer songs. Maybe I'll come to my senses and grow out of it, I don't know?
Rodney - 22.03.2014 at 12:32  
Written by Ace Frawley on 22.03.2014 at 10:01

Written by Rodney on 21.03.2014 at 12:45

Written by Ace Frawley on 19.03.2014 at 11:25

I notice the Pitchfork spiel describes the track as "the seven-minute centerpiece" of the upcoming new album - I wonder if that means this is longest track or close to the longest?

Looking at the track listing this is song 5 of 9, so it's the dead center of the album, which is what I think they meant. I have a really hard time imagining their not being any longer songs on the album than this one. It is Agalloch after all.


Yes, you're probably right. I think it was probably just wishful thinking on my part for some shorter tracks. I'm going through a phase of finding it hard to get into longer songs. Maybe I'll come to my senses and grow out of it, I don't know?

I've always felt that longer tracks are harder to get into initially, but in the long run I prefer them. At the same time I feel like long play time is a double edged blade. If the quality is high the longer length is a bonus of sorts, but if it's lacking in quality the length tends to drag it down even lower.
Troy Killjoy - 22.03.2014 at 16:54  
Not bad, but I was hoping for more of their typical dark folk influence. This sounds a bit too straightforward considering what they're capable of, but I won't judge until listening to the entire album.
Dark Cornatus - 24.03.2014 at 11:25  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.03.2014 at 16:54

Not bad, but I was hoping for more of their typical dark folk influence. This sounds a bit too straightforward considering what they're capable of, but I won't judge until listening to the entire album.


This was my feelings. I just feel it didn't go anywhere with changing tempo, vocals and melodies. Didn't give me that dark atmosphere like their other albums did.
Jeeers - 26.03.2014 at 00:41  
Nice song. True Agalloch, but hoping for clean vocals, folk influences on album. For a song with such title it sounds less athmospheric than theyr best efforts. Still made my day.
Karlabos - 26.03.2014 at 02:43  
It's been VERY long since I last listened to Agalloch. And then I heard this song today and it turns out it's a lot different from what I remembered... I think I'm gonna give this new album a try when it comes out.
Malaghost - 26.03.2014 at 21:05  
Lovely vocals.
mz - 26.03.2014 at 22:12  
Written by Karlabos on 26.03.2014 at 02:43

It's been VERY long since I last listened to Agalloch. And then I heard this song today and it turns out it's a lot different from what I remembered... I think I'm gonna give this new album a try when it comes out.

not really that different from their previous records.
Karlabos - 26.03.2014 at 22:24  
Written by mz on 26.03.2014 at 22:12

Written by Karlabos on 26.03.2014 at 02:43

It's been VERY long since I last listened to Agalloch. And then I heard this song today and it turns out it's a lot different from what I remembered... I think I'm gonna give this new album a try when it comes out.

not really that different from their previous records.

I remember I thought it was more doomy than blacky... But as I said, it's been a long time... It must have been like, 2006 or so... Well, maybe I should listen to those old albums again with today's ears.

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