Agalloch - Pale Folklore


8.7 | 721 votes |
Release date: 6 June 1999
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Neofolk

Owners:

905 have it
65 want it
2 trade it


01. She Painted Fire Across The Skyline I
02. She Painted Fire Across The Skyline II
03. She Painted Fire Across The Skyline III
04. The Misshapen Steed
05. Hallways Of Enchanted Ebony
06. Dead Winter Days
07. As Embers Dress The Sky
08. The Melancholy Spirit

Top 20 albums of 1999: 14
Top 200 albums of all time: 194

Line-up
Shane Breyer - keyboards
Don Anderson - guitars, piano, vocals
John Haughm - drums, guitars, vocals
Jason William Walton - bass

Additional info
Recorded in January/February and mixed in March 1999 at Soundtracks.
Engineered and mastered by Ronn Chick.
Produced by John Haughm and Ron Chick.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Rating:
8.4
In recent years, only a handful of bands surprised me as much as Agalloch from Portland, Oregon. With albums such as The Mantle and Ashes Against The Grain, they established themselves as one of the most talented US acts. I suddenly realized that I was missing out on one of their albums, 1999's Pale Folklore.

The first observation is that Agalloch's unique style - an atmospheric blend of folk, doom, death and much more - is already well defined on this album. While the production is understandably of poorer quality compared to their more recent releases, it is clear enough to enjoy the large amount of creativity showcased throughout the tracks.

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published 04.11.2006 | Comments (18)

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29.05.2011 - 05:57
Rating: 9
strade

Posts: 674
From: USA

12 years and no remastered version? What the hell?!
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30.05.2011 - 05:57
Troy Killjoy
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Written by strade on 29.05.2011 at 05:57

12 years and no remastered version? What the hell?!

What about this album calls for a remaster?
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30.05.2011 - 08:48
Rating: 9
strade

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From: USA

Written by Troy Killjoy on 30.05.2011 at 05:57

Written by strade on 29.05.2011 at 05:57

12 years and no remastered version? What the hell?!

What about this album calls for a remaster?


Well, I've pretty much gotten used to it now, but when I listen to The Mantle and then Pale Folklore, it tends to sound a bit... ugly. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't really take away from the album, hence the 9 rating. (I mean, it's not like I'm the only one who thinks this).
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30.06.2012 - 01:34
Fredd
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Written by strade on 30.05.2011 at 08:48

Well, I've pretty much gotten used to it now, but when I listen to The Mantle and then Pale Folklore, it tends to sound a bit... ugly. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't really take away from the album, hence the 9 rating. (I mean, it's not like I'm the only one who thinks this).

yes, it's rougher than their newer stuff, but that's why I've come to like it most.

and yes, i'm quoting your year-old comment.
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30.06.2012 - 05:11
Timmeh
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Posts: 341
From: Australia

I think the production on this album does hurt it. It shouldn't receive a full crystal clear remaster of course but I think it could be made a little better.
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01.07.2012 - 00:16
Rating: 9
strade

Posts: 674
From: USA

Written by Guest on 30.06.2012 at 01:34

Written by strade on 30.05.2011 at 08:48

Well, I've pretty much gotten used to it now, but when I listen to The Mantle and then Pale Folklore, it tends to sound a bit... ugly. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't really take away from the album, hence the 9 rating. (I mean, it's not like I'm the only one who thinks this).

yes, it's rougher than their newer stuff, but that's why I've come to like it most.

and yes, i'm quoting your year-old comment.


Haha yes, that's the big factor here. I've actually come to like the production a lot, and yes, I do think it makes the album better and more 'unique' in a way. I still prefer the sound of The Mantle and Marrow better, but this is a great sound that suits the style of music.
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17.10.2012 - 23:53
Rating: 9
Erik M.

Posts: 3104
From: The Netherlands

Written by Timmeh on 30.06.2012 at 05:11

I think the production on this album does hurt it. It shouldn't receive a full crystal clear remaster of course but I think it could be made a little better.


Yep, pretty much the only complaint I have about this album. I think the transitions from one song to another could be a lot better, since it's definitely hurting the overall quality of the album. The other albums don't have this specific complaint at all, luckily. So yeah, this album would be one of the rare cases I'd definitely buy (again) if they remastered it.
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12.11.2012 - 21:17
Rating: 9
Dentura
Shadow King

Posts: 1260
From: USA

Awesome release, it's my second favorite album by Agalloch (behind The Mantle), and the first one I've heard from them.
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12.03.2013 - 06:38
Unhealer
Eclecticist

Posts: 2187
From: Argentina

Just bought this, the booklet has all the lyrics in shiny golden color as the band logo in the album cover. It's so damn beautiful.
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07.05.2013 - 23:34
Rating: 9
Maco

Posts: 1386
From: Peru

Everytime i listen to this, more reasons i have to play a guitar, one of best album of this band because some years later they will release the best album i ever heard. A tear was shed when i heard the melancholy spirit.
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25.05.2013 - 17:06
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Masterchief

Posts: 44950
From: Sweden

Exelent masterpice, more folk, more folk elements then into demo, I realy enjoy this was I was playing it like 10 times this week and I like song where
he was more screaming in weird vocals
''I saw the nightfall, it called to me like a river of shadows
It sang to me with the cries of a thousand ravens
That blackened the sky as they took flight and sank the Sol
I shall never trust the sun again, Eridanis Nadir''

actualy every song is good one, good to try and good to stick, this band never can make you bored
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08.02.2014 - 12:26
Rating: 9
Lord Dimitriy

Posts: 47
From: Ukraine
All the albums, being released by Agalloch I have rated with the perfect mark. I consider these guys being some kind of musical magicians as all albums are really masterpieces!
Just have a close look to this album.. Folk, black, symphonic elements are combined to create a little bit sad and melancholic atmosphere, I would even call it philosophic atmosphere, which reminds about past events even from childhood.
Anyway, perfect album from real masters!
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09.07.2014 - 23:03
Rating: 10
telephonebear

Posts: 123
From: UK

Why did they split she painted fire across he skyline up, it would have looked amazing to open with an 18 minute long track
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05.08.2014 - 17:17
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
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Posts: 882
From: Russia

Written by telephonebear on 09.07.2014 at 23:03

Why did they split she painted fire across he skyline up, it would have looked amazing to open with an 18 minute long track

Actually it is on vinyl version of the album.
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05.08.2014 - 17:22
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
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From: Russia

Written by Unhealer on 12.03.2013 at 06:38

Just bought this, the booklet has all the lyrics in shiny golden color as the band logo in the album cover. It's so damn beautiful.

I got the vinyl, and it's very beautiful too.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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05.08.2014 - 17:43
Rating: 10
telephonebear

Posts: 123
From: UK

Written by NocturnalStalker on 05.08.2014 at 17:17

Written by telephonebear on 09.07.2014 at 23:03

Why did they split she painted fire across he skyline up, it would have looked amazing to open with an 18 minute long track

Actually it is on vinyl version of the album.


but on a vinyl there is no real way of telling when one track ends and another starts anyway. they are only split on cd/digital as they are different files. its all the same groove in a record, even going into tracks 4 onwards. i dont know if that made any sense.
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05.08.2014 - 17:47
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
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Posts: 882
From: Russia

Written by telephonebear on 05.08.2014 at 17:43

but on a vinyl there is no real way of telling when one track ends and another starts anyway. they are only split on cd/digital as they are different files. its all the same groove in a record, even going into tracks 4 onwards. i dont know if that made any sense.

Actually there is a way to tell as you can see the separating lines pretty clearly.

Overall, one of my most beloved Agalloch records (along with The Mantle).
My favourite tracks: She Painted Fire Across The Skyline, Dead Winter Days.
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14.12.2014 - 22:11
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Masterchief

Posts: 44950
From: Sweden

Written by NocturnalStalker on 05.08.2014 at 17:47

Written by telephonebear on 05.08.2014 at 17:43

but on a vinyl there is no real way of telling when one track ends and another starts anyway. they are only split on cd/digital as they are different files. its all the same groove in a record, even going into tracks 4 onwards. i dont know if that made any sense.

Actually there is a way to tell as you can see the separating lines pretty clearly.




you should not be a 70's freak to know it
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30.04.2016 - 11:53
Rating: 9
Maco

Posts: 1386
From: Peru

I damn you the dead winters!!!!
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