Agalloch - Split Up


Sad and unexpected news arrive for Agalloch fans. Following 20 years, 5 full length albums, many tours around the world, and numerous other recordings, John Haughm and the rest of the band (Don Anderson, Jason Walton, and Aesop Dekker) have parted ways. What the future holds for the separate parties remains undetermined. The band collectively thanks all of their fans. Mastermind John Haughm explained that he isn't sure if this is a permanent end of the band or not.

John Haughm also wrote on Facebook: "After being inundated by a barrage of responses, I feel that I should clarify some things. I take full responsibility for the decision to part ways with the other guys. It was difficult, well thought-out, and something that had been culminating over the past couple of years. I simply could not continue any further with the band as it was. I had to make a change as my motivation and inspiration had started to completely deteriorate. Whether this is the permanent end of Agalloch altogether or a possible fresh start, I don't know. I probably won't know for a while. The band has simply been reduced back to its founding, visionary member for the first time in 20 years. Beyond that, the future is unknown."




Here is the statement issued by Don Anderson, long time guitar player of Agalloch regarding the recent incidents and one-sided split: "Dear Everyone, usually statements like these open with expressions of gratitude for the fans, friends, colleagues, and people we've worked with. There is a sort of form to the break-up letter that long-running bands produce: 'thanks everyone that has supported us over the years, bought our records, came to our shows,' and so forth. Then the apologies arrive from fans, friends, and family members: 'we're so sorry to hear this. We hope you are ok.' But, I can't start like that—it seems too mechanical. I can't start that way because it is I who should apologize to all of you. I am sorry you won't ever hear new music from Agalloch. I am sorry our fans in Latin America, China, Russia, Japan, Australia, will never see us play. I'm sorry I won't personally meet many of you after a show and talk about music, movies, school, and share a shot of bourbon. I'm really, really sorry because I had every intention of continuing.

"This was not my decision. I did not want this. I still maintain it was not necessary. I'm sorry it had to be this way. I am personally devastated and have not felt this level of grief since my father passed away ten years ago. So, if you are sad, upset, pissed, or bitter—I share these feelings with you. I know Agalloch deeply touched a lot of people. And I honor that by grieving in solidarity with all of you. Agalloch was an incalculable part of my identity and I'll be walking as half a man for some time now. I want to thank many people. I am terrified of forgetting anyone as my mind isn't all that clear today. So, for now, I really want to thank the fans from the bottom of my heart. My favorite activity was meeting all of you after a gig, or before a gig. The spiritual connection you and I shared during a show was the closest I, an atheist, have ever felt to God. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You might think our music helped you through the dark times in your lives, but all along you were helping me avoid the darkness. Sincerely, Don Anderson, New York, May 14, 2016."

Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Agalloch
 
Posted: 14.05.2016 by HaaskAksaaH


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17.05.2016 - 07:33
HaaskAksaaH
To anyone who would like to read Don's statement:

Dear Everyone,
Usually statements like these open with expressions of gratitude for the fans, friends, colleagues, and people we've worked with. There is a sort of form to the break-up letter that long-running bands produce: "thanks everyone that has supported us over the years, bought our records, came to our shows," and so forth. Then the apologies arrive from fans, friends, and family members: "we're so sorry to hear this. We hope you are ok." But, I can't start like that—it seems too mechanical. I can't start that way because it is I who should apologize to all of you.

I am sorry you won't ever hear new music from Agalloch. I am sorry our fans in Latin America, China, Russia, Japan, Australia, will never see us play. I'm sorry I won't personally meet many of you after a show and talk about music, movies, school, and share a shot of bourbon. I'm really, really sorry because I had every intention of continuing.
This was not my decision.
I did not want this.
I still maintain it was not necessary.

I'm sorry it had to be this way. I am personally devastated and have not felt this level of grief since my father passed away ten years ago. So, if you are sad, upset, pissed, or bitter—I share these feelings with you. I know Agalloch deeply touched a lot of people. And I honor that by grieving in solidarity with all of you. Agalloch was an incalculable part of my identity and I'll be walking as half a man for some time now.

I want to thank many people. I am terrified of forgetting anyone as my mind isn't all that clear today. So, for now, I really want to thank the fans from the bottom of my heart. My favorite activity was meeting all of you after a gig, or before a gig. The spiritual connection you and I shared during a show was the closest I, an atheist, have ever felt to God. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

You might think our music helped you through the dark times in your lives, but all along you were helping me avoid the darkness.

Sincerely,
Don Anderson
New York, May 14, 2016
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17.05.2016 - 20:15
BlueMobius
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Neill Jameson with throwing some shade and probably a lot of truth: http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/5/17/kriegs-neill-jameson-on-the-trappings-of-ego
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18.05.2016 - 18:45
Ball Fondlers
I had a chance to see Agalloch at Summerbreeze, but they clashed with Kreator and you know... Kreator!!!

Were they actually any good live? Sometimes these more Atmospheric bands can be a bit underwhelming at a gig.

Oh well, "The Mantel" is a masterpiece and I'm glad I have it in my collection.
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19.05.2016 - 01:07
sordid
Very sad news for the metal world :/ agalloch is one of my favorite bands. they were/are genius :'(
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19.05.2016 - 02:38
BlueMobius
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Written by Ball Fondlers on 18.05.2016 at 18:45

I had a chance to see Agalloch at Summerbreeze, but they clashed with Kreator and you know... Kreator!!!

Were they actually any good live? Sometimes these more Atmospheric bands can be a bit underwhelming at a gig.

Oh well, "The Mantel" is a masterpiece and I'm glad I have it in my collection.


Agalloch is one of the best live shows that I have ever seen. It was indoors though.
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19.05.2016 - 16:12
Misha_76
Me sad, very sad!!!
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20.05.2016 - 00:44
mr8shot
New update from the band. Agalloch is permanently laid to rest.
https://www.facebook.com/AgallochOfficial/?fref=nf
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20.05.2016 - 09:36
JunN_Vai
Open MS, see my update notifications, and open this news, HAH.....???????? WHAT HAPPENED ??!!!!:facepalm:
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20.05.2016 - 19:00
Gordon Freeman
Dear John, get over yourself.

Dear Don, move on.
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God Dammit Doug! Take off your hat, Night Moves is playing. Don't be a prick man!

http://www.last.fm/user/Axl_The_Viking
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23.05.2016 - 00:49
greg_lecter
They were my favourite band
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26.05.2016 - 16:42
Pikemaster
Can't really understand the hype they were having in MS. I actually liked many of their songs but rest of them makes me want to sleep. Maybe i'm not into post rock/metal enough. BTW what the fuck is that Atmospheric Black doing in the bands genre label ? Not really sure about Neofolk either.
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The beast is ready for attack
The reel screams the line beings to run
And the struggle shall begin"
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26.05.2016 - 21:01
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
Written by Pikemaster on 26.05.2016 at 16:42

Can't really understand the hype they were having in MS.

Actually they have hype everywhere they go.
I think it's due to the fact they are the most well known band in the genre. Everybody who starts getting into the genre starts by them (since they are the most famous) and because it's the first experience, they somehow feel deeply connected to them.

But when you stop to evaluate on a neutral perspective it's pretty standard stuff, yes.
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2018 - 2019
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27.05.2016 - 11:05
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Karlabos on 26.05.2016 at 21:01

Written by Pikemaster on 26.05.2016 at 16:42

Can't really understand the hype they were having in MS.

Actually they have hype everywhere they go.
I think it's due to the fact they are the most well known band in the genre. Everybody who starts getting into the genre starts by them (since they are the most famous) and because it's the first experience, they somehow feel deeply connected to them.

But when you stop to evaluate on a neutral perspective it's pretty standard stuff, yes.


Also... Nearly all the other "better" (up to each opinion of course) bands in this type of metal are influenced by the "standard" music these guys played.
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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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26.06.2016 - 21:29
Melkor
Such a loss to metal. my favourite band since quite a long time. pretty sad.
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