atmospheric folk / doom quartet Agalloch have an extensive career
spanning nearly twenty years and they have produced some of the finest
modern day metal music to date. Their back catalogue is near
faultless and they continue to build on their growing reputation with
this latest stunning release.
What I really like about Agalloch is that they have the ability to create an atmosphere in their songs by playing the simplest of phrases and building upon short musical passages. They have a certain aptitude with dynamics as they capture particular feelings and emotions throughout every song and this really brings the album to life. In songs such as 'Birth And Death Of The Pillars Of Creation', the band play on the fringes of complete chaos, only to then quickly bring the listener back down to a quiet very mellow acoustic breakdown. This adds so much depth to the songs, but at the same it time does not stop the momentum that the album carries from start to finish.
are many influences ranging folk, doom, black metal with classical and
subtle guitar passages along with prog rock influences. It would
be very hard to pick a favourite track as every song adds something a
little bit special that really captured me. To put it simply,
there is not a bad song on this album and it is a near flawless
record. This is easily going to be one of my contenders for album
of the year and 'The Serpent and the Sphere' solidifies Agalloch as one
of the most important heavy metal bands to emerge in the past twenty
Review by: Rob Herald
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