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Release date: 23 November 2010
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Neofolk

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01. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
02. Into The Painted Grey
03. The Watcher's Monolith
04. Black Lake Niðstång
05. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires
06. To Drown
07. Nihil Totem [tour edition vinyl bonus]
08. The Weight Of Darkness [tour edition vinyl bonus]

The Best Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal Album Of 2010
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Line-up
John Haughm - vocals, guitar
Don Anderson - guitars, piano
Aesop Dekker - drums
Jason William Walton - bass

Guest musicians
Nathan Carson - synthesizer, vibraphone, glockenspiel
Jeffrey Neblock - piano, field recordings
Veleda Thorsson - percussion
Jackie Perez Gratz - cello
Steven Wray Lobdell - backing vocals

Staff review by
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Like remembering a dream, the opening minutes of this album serenade us with a haunting cello solo. The sound of a nearby forest stream provides a backdrop for this melody; it's a familiar yet distant setting. Have I been here before? Just as the dream becomes clearer and you reach that part of your memory that hides it, the crushing guitars break open the door and all hope is lost.

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Kevorkian - 09.12.2010 at 04:09  
Rating: 9 Absolutely love this album. It is right up there with The Mantle as my favorite from them. I love that it had a stronger black metal influence than their other releases. Plus, John's vocals are phenomenal.
BlueMobius - 10.12.2010 at 04:48  
Rating: 10 This has been the only album I've listened to in two weeks now. I can't even remember where I last put my ipod because I haven't had the desire to listen to anything else lol.
patrickmetal12 - 11.12.2010 at 05:52  
Rating: 9 I was wondering...
i enjoy agalloch's music quite a lot, but i still dont understand if the sound quality of the guitars is meant to be like it is. The distortion on the guitars sounds like if it was recorded on a basement with primitive equipment. Is it because they want it to sound cold and raw?
Kevorkian - 11.12.2010 at 08:32  
Rating: 9
Written by patrickmetal12 on 11.12.2010 at 05:52

I was wondering...
i enjoy agalloch's music quite a lot, but i still dont understand if the sound quality of the guitars is meant to be like it is. The distortion on the guitars sounds like if it was recorded on a basement with primitive equipment. Is it because they want it to sound cold and raw?


They recorded it on vintage analog equipment, so it is to be expected that it'll sound less digitally altered. I personally love the dirtier production, as it lends a hand in creating atmosphere. The production reminds me a lot of Wolves in the Throne Room's "Black Cascade", which was also recorded on analog.
patrickmetal12 - 11.12.2010 at 11:41  
Rating: 9 Thats awesome!
gattz - 16.12.2010 at 01:28  
Rating: 9 This album is fantastic. I just got it a few days ago, I've listened to it about three times. At this moment, I believe it's their best work since The Mantle, although I've enjoyed a lot of their EPs and singles since then. I think it's a stronger piece of work than Ashes Against the Grain, their last full length.
Twilight_of_Oden - 16.12.2010 at 23:10  
  It's Unbelievable ... just this ...
omjaimes - 17.12.2010 at 22:24  
Rating: 9 Pure art
Zeleznk - 29.12.2010 at 00:26  
Rating: 10 Got it a few days ago and I've been listening to it until now. I love it.
elseif - 11.02.2011 at 01:23  
Rating: 9 Great album ;p
Øyvind - 22.02.2011 at 13:53  
  I started listening to it, went through the intro song, then listened to the second, Into The Painted Grey, and stopped. I was scared that the rest of the album wouldn't be that good, since that song is a genuine masterpiece. Fortunately, the rest of the album is more than good, incredible piece of music.
Bigpaul - 23.02.2011 at 08:22  
Rating: 7 As a fan of the band I'm a bit let down by this one. A few tracks seem to ramble without having a sense of coherent direction. The intro is too long, next two tracks are good, Black Lake could have about 6 mins chopped from it and it would work far better, especially the first 4.5mins which are pointless. Ghosts is decent but Drown could be dropped completely........looks like I'm saying this album is about 20mins too long!:) I'm not crazy about the sound of the snare drum either, a sharper sound ala their previous works would have worked better or maybe just raise it in the mix a bit......IMHO!:)
azhidahakk - 26.02.2011 at 14:33  
Rating: 10 I love every thing about this album..music,album art,...
excellent
Saeed_P - 26.02.2011 at 23:53  
  Now i understand the real power of metal!!!
Nocturno-Inculto - 01.03.2011 at 06:14  
  Actually the only thing that I do not understand is the classification of this, for me isn't a Folk/Viking/pagan Album!
Katydidknot - 04.03.2011 at 06:46  
Rating: 9 I've been listening to this album for a couple weeks now. Fairly consistently.

There are a lot of things about this album I like. I like how it holds together as a piece. I like the natural sounds.

But - possibly because the praise has been so over-the-top high in some quarters (Stereogum's Haunting the Chapel, for instance), I'm left a bit nonplussed. The cinematic aspect is done consistently better by (decidedly non-black metal) Mount Eerie. The recurring melody sounds lifted from the "Requiem for a Dream" Soundtrack.

Still… I'm listening. And there's so much I like.
MechanisT - 06.03.2011 at 20:58  
  In my opinion, some of the songs are too long for their own good, giving them an impression of being "stretched", in particular "Black Lake Nistang", the opening prelude and "To Drown"...the only song which feels perfectly-rounded to me is "Ghost of the Midwinter Fires"...the tedious length of the album doesn't help to hold my attention consistently, unfortunately. The weakest Agalloch album, but only relative to their previous ones.
darkpassenger - 23.04.2011 at 13:27  
Rating: 10 This album is so melancholy.."Ghosts" is now my favorite song!
BlueMobius - 08.05.2011 at 20:08  
Rating: 10
Written by Nocturno-Inculto on 01.03.2011 at 06:14

Actually the only thing that I do not understand is the classification of this, for me isn't a Folk/Viking/pagan Album!


The music not so much. The lyrics have pagan themes, but the music is too much of a mix of thigns to fit in the Folk/viking/pagan category.
Nocturno-Inculto - 10.05.2011 at 09:07  
 
Written by BlueMobius on 08.05.2011 at 20:08

Written by Nocturno-Inculto on 01.03.2011 at 06:14

Actually the only thing that I do not understand is the classification of this, for me isn't a Folk/Viking/pagan Album!


The music not so much. The lyrics have pagan themes, but the music is too much of a mix of thigns to fit in the Folk/viking/pagan category.


Oh the lyrics!!!! I haven't read with too much attention the lyrics... ok I will!
To The Void - 28.05.2011 at 22:32  
Rating: 7 Wow! 2nd in the year of 2010 and won the award for best album now this is way to hype they were better album out
lest year
meadow - 16.02.2012 at 18:24  
Rating: 10 Best album of 2010!!
MetalButt - 29.02.2012 at 11:08  
Rating: 9
Written by MechanisT on 06.03.2011 at 20:58

In my opinion, some of the songs are too long for their own good, giving them an impression of being "stretched", in particular "Black Lake Nistang", the opening prelude and "To Drown"...the only song which feels perfectly-rounded to me is "Ghost of the Midwinter Fires"...the tedious length of the album doesn't help to hold my attention consistently, unfortunately. The weakest Agalloch album, but only relative to their previous ones.

true..amen to that..but still a very strong album imo..cmon its agalloch..
Timmeh - 09.05.2012 at 13:53  
Rating: 8 What? Bonus tracks? MUST FIND.
tea[m]ster - 10.05.2012 at 05:41  
Rating: 9
Written by Timmeh on 09.05.2012 at 13:53

What? Bonus tracks? MUST FIND.


Where? When? How?
Mr. Doctor - 10.05.2012 at 10:39  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 10.05.2012 at 05:41

Written by Timmeh on 09.05.2012 at 13:53

What? Bonus tracks? MUST FIND.

Where? When? How?


He's talking about the vinyl bonus tracks.
Timmeh - 10.05.2012 at 11:17  
Rating: 8 Indeed, they're excellent to I might add, Nihil Totem especially.
tea[m]ster - 11.05.2012 at 04:32  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.05.2012 at 10:39

Written by tea[m]ster on 10.05.2012 at 05:41

Written by Timmeh on 09.05.2012 at 13:53

What? Bonus tracks? MUST FIND.

Where? When? How?


He's talking about the vinyl bonus tracks.


available digitally?
Dentura - 13.06.2012 at 22:47  
Rating: 8 It's like Agalloch subconsciously made this album for my 17th birthday when it came out. The release date for this masterpiece is November 23, 2010, which was the day i turned 17 (I'm 18 at the time of this post), so that was nice of them (even though they aren't even aware of my existence but whatever :p). Very good album
Gopherhawk - 16.08.2012 at 20:54  
Rating: 7 As much as I love the past 3 albums this one, after having plenty of time to give it several spins, has come off as a bit of a disappointment. I really like the opening intro track and Ghosts of the Midwinter Falls, but none of the others tracks have as much of the bands character that Not Unlike The Waves had. I know everyone has really high expectations nowadays but Marrow is fourth and will probably remain at the bottom in ranking for Agalloch once album five is released (or so I hope).
BlueMobius - 16.08.2012 at 21:41  
Rating: 10
Written by Gopherhawk on 16.08.2012 at 20:54

As much as I love the past 3 albums this one, after having plenty of time to give it several spins, has come off as a bit of a disappointment. I really like the opening intro track and Ghosts of the Midwinter Falls,

After several spins, you should at least know the song titles correctly.
Gopherhawk - 16.08.2012 at 22:05  
Rating: 7
Written by BlueMobius on 16.08.2012 at 21:41

Written by Gopherhawk on 16.08.2012 at 20:54

As much as I love the past 3 albums this one, after having plenty of time to give it several spins, has come off as a bit of a disappointment. I really like the opening intro track and Ghosts of the Midwinter Falls,

After several spins, you should at least know the song titles correctly.

It is called They Escaped the Weight of Darkness, bud. I was pointing out that it was merely an intro track.
BlueMobius - 16.08.2012 at 23:20  
Rating: 10
Written by Gopherhawk on 16.08.2012 at 22:05

Written by BlueMobius on 16.08.2012 at 21:41

After several spins, you should at least know the song titles correctly.

It is called They Escaped the Weight of Darkness, bud. I was pointing out that it was merely an intro track.


It is called Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires, bud, not Falls.
Gopherhawk - 17.08.2012 at 02:40  
Rating: 7
Written by BlueMobius on 16.08.2012 at 23:20

Written by Gopherhawk on 16.08.2012 at 22:05

Written by BlueMobius on 16.08.2012 at 21:41

After several spins, you should at least know the song titles correctly.

It is called They Escaped the Weight of Darkness, bud. I was pointing out that it was merely an intro track.


It is called Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires, bud, not Falls.

Shame on you iTunes. Thanks man.
JÄY - 19.09.2012 at 23:24  
Rating: 8 I guess I was too hard on this when it was released..... To Drown still sucks tho
BlueMobius - 19.09.2012 at 23:39  
Rating: 10
Written by JÄY on 19.09.2012 at 23:24

I guess I was too hard on this when it was released..... To Drown still sucks tho


I don't really see "To Drown" as much of a song as I do an outro. I don't know how many people have figured it out but the intro is "They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness." So together it's They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness To Drown.
Oaken - 19.09.2012 at 23:54  
Rating: 9
Written by BlueMobius on 16.08.2012 at 21:41

After several spins, you should at least know the song titles correctly.

Not necessarily. I quite often listen to albums several times and then refer to the tracks as "track 1, track 2", especially when the song titles are difficult (not english, etc...) or when they're long.
On topic:
This album is great, but it's not as good as AATG and The Mantle. However, I'm liking this more Atmospheric black metal approach they've taken on Marrow and Faustian Echoes.
JÄY - 19.09.2012 at 23:57  
Rating: 8
Written by BlueMobius on 19.09.2012 at 23:39

Written by JÄY on 19.09.2012 at 23:24

I guess I was too hard on this when it was released..... To Drown still sucks tho


I don't really see "To Drown" as much of a song as I do an outro. I don't know how many people have figured it out but the intro is "They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness." So together it's They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness To Drown.

good call, sir
Unhealer - 20.09.2012 at 01:00  
Rating: 10
Written by BlueMobius on 19.09.2012 at 23:39


I don't really see "To Drown" as much of a song as I do an outro. I don't know how many people have figured it out but the intro is "They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness." So together it's They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness To Drown.


...into another Not too hard to figure out if you read the lyrics or can figure them out by ear, it's pretty clear there.
BlueMobius - 20.09.2012 at 03:41  
Rating: 10
Written by Unhealer on 20.09.2012 at 01:00

...into another Not too hard to figure out if you read the lyrics or can figure them out by ear, it's pretty clear there.


Yeah, but I'm sure that all users here have physical copies with the lyrics and have never downloaded anything, ever.
Unhealer - 20.09.2012 at 05:06  
Rating: 10
Written by BlueMobius on 20.09.2012 at 03:41

Yeah, but I'm sure that all users here have physical copies with the lyrics and have never downloaded anything, ever.


That is why there are thousands of sites like metalstorm where you can check song lyrics
Alex Fenger - 07.12.2012 at 18:42  
Rating: 9 It's amazing. That's no doubt in my mind, but I hope that with their next album they try something with a little more originality (like The Mantle when it came out), this is a sound that can tire out quickly.
Maco - 23.12.2012 at 00:33  
  I´ve been listening this until i like it, just took 6 hours
Bad English - 16.06.2013 at 20:20  
  Last band album(I dont have last EP and I cant downlopad it) so i cant judge it but this was OK, but not so good as 1 and 2 albums from this band, those are epic, well eems I more judge the older then this but what can I do?
Prog_Patrick - 05.07.2013 at 14:42  
Rating: 10
Written by Saeed_P on 26.02.2011 at 23:53

Now i understand the real power of metal!!!


you´re right
bugsterscrow - 05.04.2014 at 04:40  
Rating: 10 Relax intro.... hmmm like in heaven
Hex_Omega - 07.07.2014 at 13:51  
Rating: 9 Waaay better than last album.
MelancholiaC - 24.07.2014 at 01:09  
Rating: 10 A truly magnificent album which takes numerous spins to really appreciate. After many listens this is slowly becoming my favourite Agalloch release from their entire repertoire - that's right, even (slightly) more so than The Mantle! The unique blend of neofolk, atmospheric black, even post-metal sonic spheres is executed exquisitely.

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