Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain


8.1 | 114 votes |
Release date: 26 September 2011
Style: Folk metal, Post-Rock

Owners:

96 have it
14 want it


01. We Are Gathering Dust
02. Beyond Embers And The Earth
03. Horizons
04. Where We Believe
05. The Carrying Light
06. To Walk Amongst The Dead
07. Solace

The best Metalgaze album of 2011

Guest review by
Boxcar Willy
Rating:
8.9
It is a rarity with music to find an album that you truly and utterly love. To reach the "absolutely love" status, one must not just like the music, but connect with it. They must feel what the musicians felt during the writing process. Where Distant Spirits Remain is an album I truly love.

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published 24.06.2012 | Comments (10)

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16.10.2011 - 00:58
Rating: 8
Chobo_jokeR

Posts: 357
From: Canada

Am I ever glad I stopped reading my Taxation textbook to listen to this album. Awesome album. This is precisely the kind of album I've been waiting for all year. One that blew me away from the beginning moments of the first song.
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16.10.2011 - 02:30
Rating: 8
Promonex
Cathemeral

Posts: 9720
From: Germany

A great album indeed and maybe even the best debut of the year. Maybe. It reminds me a lot of Grey Waters and the fascination for their EP has worn off quite fast. Let's see if this album can keep my attention for a longer time.
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All life begins with Nu and ends with Nu... This is the truth! This is my belief! ...At least for now.
- The Mystery of Life, Vol. 841 Ch. 26
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16.10.2011 - 10:57
BloodTears
ANA-thema

Posts: 10926
From: Portugal

Sounds interesting. Will check it out.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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16.10.2011 - 12:10
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

Posts: 16468
From: Sweden

Im possible not to read Fagalloch while being drunk... So far it sounds quite neat, gotta check more songs out.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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16.10.2011 - 22:23
InnerSelf
proofread free

Posts: 2400
From: Syria

Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.10.2011 at 12:10

Im possible not to read Fagalloch while being drunk... So far it sounds quite neat, gotta check more songs out.


Not drunk .... reading it Fagalloch, FFFFUUUUUUU
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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16.10.2011 - 22:48
Rating: 8
strade

Posts: 674
From: USA

Wondered if this would be added. This is nice album right here.
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16.10.2011 - 22:49
Rating: 6
Slayer666

Posts: 2466
From: Serbia

Sounds pretty damn sweet after one listen. Will give it more time and rate it afterwards.

It does indeed bear some resemblance to Agalloch's Ashes, so Fagalloch it is... xD
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17.10.2011 - 04:34
Marcus
Doit Like Bernie

Posts: 605
From: USA

Neat album but damn the vocals seem bad/out of place.
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17.10.2011 - 13:01
R'Vannith
ghedengi

Posts: 3099
From: Australia

Written by Marcus on 17.10.2011 at 04:34

Neat album but damn the vocals seem bad/out of place.


Beginning to think it was just me but yeah I agree, the vocals are a little off-putting for me. Some wonderful music no doubt.
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21.10.2011 - 00:13
VPeter

Posts: 1420
From: The Netherlands

After the disappoint of Old Silver Key this band comes as a nice surprise! It sounds so fresh and new. shoegazy metal FTW.

I also have to admit I help remember this band by remembering that their name is so similar to Agalloch.
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16.11.2011 - 08:38
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist

Posts: 18929
From: Canada

A little late to the party as usual...

I'm disappointed by this. Not because it's bad, but because it could have been a lot better. The vocals are incredibly weak here and totally detract from the atmosphere the music creates. Top-notch songwriting though. Soothing, yet varied.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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28.12.2011 - 13:47
Kenos
Account deleted
Yeah, good/great songwriting but zero originality and irksome vocals. Nothing special anyway.
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09.02.2012 - 23:48
Rating: 8
Evil Chip

Posts: 501
From: Chile

I found this a really strong release. The structure of the songs isn't drowned by the atmospheric part of it and that's really nice. The vocals could be better (though i don't find them bad at all) but the melodies that are in them are captivating.
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17.02.2012 - 01:21
Rating: 7
Tornado Of Souls

Posts: 48
From: UK
Don't see what's wrong with the vocals personally, i love them.
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23.02.2012 - 02:08
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4419
From: USA

Holy Alcest Batman...
...which isn't a bad thing
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19.03.2012 - 02:42
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

These guys look like incredible hipsters...


Sounds like my kind of music though.
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24.05.2012 - 23:28
Rating: 9
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba

Posts: 389
From: Iran

Instrumental parts was awesome specially "Horizons" 8.5
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10.06.2012 - 07:14
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

Wow, I was a little wary checking this out, because of all the hubbub about the vocals, but honestly, it's just people being "Tr00" and close minded about clean vocals. This album is fantastic, it's not the most original album out there, but the instrumentals are just perfect, and just when it's starts to get repetitive, it ends.



Review coming soon.
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10.06.2012 - 07:38
Timmeh
Dudeman

Posts: 341
From: Australia

Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.06.2012 at 07:14
...it's just people being "Tr00" and close minded about clean vocals...

No it's not close mindedness, the vocals were just not that good (as in the sound of his voice), kinda flattened the mood.
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11.06.2012 - 16:12
Rating: 6
Slayer666

Posts: 2466
From: Serbia

Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.06.2012 at 07:14

Wow, I was a little wary checking this out, because of all the hubbub about the vocals, but honestly, it's just people being "Tr00" and close minded about clean vocals. This album is fantastic, it's not the most original album out there, but the instrumentals are just perfect, and just when it's starts to get repetitive, it ends.



Review coming soon.


It wasn't just the vocals to me, though, the whole thing just sounds bland as hell. I liked it a lot after the first or second listen, but after that it just shows how stale and "meh" it is.
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12.06.2012 - 21:48
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook

Posts: 7347
From: Canada

Written by Slayer666 on 11.06.2012 at 16:12

Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.06.2012 at 07:14

Wow, I was a little wary checking this out, because of all the hubbub about the vocals, but honestly, it's just people being "Tr00" and close minded about clean vocals. This album is fantastic, it's not the most original album out there, but the instrumentals are just perfect, and just when it's starts to get repetitive, it ends.



Review coming soon.


It wasn't just the vocals to me, though, the whole thing just sounds bland as hell. I liked it a lot after the first or second listen, but after that it just shows how stale and "meh" it is.

I don't know, I've listen to it again all weekend and this morning it was even better, I can see why people don't like it though, they aren't your perfect band by any means, but I find the amaturistic vocals as very emotional, and this has lots of atmosphere and little

I don't know, I still love this thing.
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26.06.2012 - 02:08
Rating: 9
DoomGuild

Posts: 1309
From: USA

I absolutely love this release. Took me a while to get into it. A very weird blend of music but it all works out pretty damn well. Great album.
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"In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity."
― Hunter S. Thompson
www.last.fm/user/Doom-Guild
www.facebook.com/TheDoomGuild
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26.06.2012 - 13:13
Rating: 9
J:oKeR

Posts: 49
From: Serbia

Nice album....hope they continue improving on their sound....very nice...:) 9
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Aaaaaaaaaa
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31.08.2012 - 01:58
Rating: 9
Starchild

Posts: 111
From: Croatia

Hm, I can't see what is wrong with the vocals. I actually think they are pretty good..
Anyway, beautiful music, great album.
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27.09.2012 - 05:59
Rating: 8
Evil Chip

Posts: 501
From: Chile

The vocals sound good, not outstanding but nice. The folk-post blend is really nice in this one.
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14.11.2012 - 04:59
ThunderAxe1989
Irreligious

Posts: 7383
From: Bahamas

An unlikely mix (post-rock and folk metal), but it works. I love the way they compose.....what a great team! This album is beautiful.



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20.04.2013 - 21:39
Rating: 8
Doge of Venice

Posts: 360
From: UK

Really love the music on this album. Didn't mind the vocals at first, but they grew irritating the more I listen, though sometimes I don't mind them. Kinda interested to see how the vocals work on the next album.
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14.08.2013 - 04:27
oshgar

Posts: 36
From: USA
After being initially turned off by the vocals, I decided to give this another chance. I'm still not a huge fan of the vocals, and I do like clean vocals but the music is an awesome posty folky mix that really conjures images of the emerald isle. Hopefully their new lead singer is better on the next album which I am actually psyched for now.
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23.06.2015 - 13:10
Rating: 5
Rsrdaman

Posts: 70
From: USA

A lovely stew of Agalloch-esque soundscapes with Alcest-esque cleans, all with a dash of unoriginality. Though Falloch may attempt to emulate the sound of these two great bands, they do so very poorly. While shoegaze may be a genre I quite like, the recycled guitar work and weak vocals really put this album down.
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