patrikc: Agalloch - Our Fortress Is Burning... frost0:
The so-called solid version, since on the album it is separated into three distinct pieces (Part I, Part II: Bloodbirds and Part III: The Grain)
It's that time of year again when I find refuge in their music. I really miss Agalloch...
Never heard of this band before. I am not really into black metal, but I liked this. Their post/ambient sound is great. I will listen to more of their stuff. Isis - Garden of Light
I could say I never was a metal (especially black) fan. I like to think of Agalloch as more than a metal band. Perhaps not on the same level of exploration as Ulver, but diverse in their own right.
I remember discovering their music more than a decade ago and I have to say it was an exciting journey. All the way from the late 90s demos and first album (Pale Folklore) to The Serpent & the Sphere (2014). Every one of their works has a unique aspect to it.
Not only all of their five albums are outstanding, but also their EPs, singles, collaborations and so on.
I'll leave here a few more... The White
is probably my favourite Agalloch work from top to bottom. Strong folk and ambient influences. It goes hand in hand with a great movie: The Wicker Man (1973). From excerpts being used to the titles themselves. I am difficult to impress, especially when it comes to music, but The White is in a league of its own. It is melancholic, tribal, divine but also of this earth, poetic, unsettling at times but also very peaceful, a tribute to nature... I understand it is not for everyone, some long time Agalloch fans see it as basic composition. To me it is so much more than that. This here is the 2014 split with Finnish neofolk band Nest
. That's how I see Agalloch, as in The Wolves of Timberline
came up on a 2010 atmospheric/neofolk/metal compilation. Certainly different, experimental. I liked it.
I don't often appreciate covers, but I find Agalloch's take on Kneel to the Cross
superior to the original by Sol Invictus. That's down to personal preference, of course. I base my judgment mainly on John's vocals and the overall balanced pace of this interpretation. It is more emotional to me as I find John Haughm more expressive than Tony Wakeford. Definitely one of my favourite songs.
For Faustian Echoes
you need a special kind of mood. It clocks in at over 21 minutes and it is definitely a return to their black metal roots.
Isis brought back memories of God is an Astronaut for some reason. All is Violent, All is Bright