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Agalloch - The Mantle



9.2 | 1719 votes |
Release date: 13 August 2002
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Neofolk

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01. A Celebration For The Death Of Man...
02. In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion
03. Odal
04. I Am The Wooden Doors
05. The Lodge
06. You Were But A Ghost In My Arms
07. The Hawthorne Passage
08. ...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth
09. A Desolation Song

Top 20 albums of 2002: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 10

Line-up
John Haughm - vocals, guitars, drums, percussion, ebow, woodchimes, samples
Donald L. Anderson - guitars, piano
Jason William Walton - bass, noisescape

Additional musicians:
Danielle Norton - trombone
Ty Brubaker - double bass, accordion
Ronn Chick - synths, mandolin, bells, programming
Aaron Sholes - samples
Neta Smolack - samples

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Rating:
9.5
In the true musical lineage of Opeth and Katatonia, Agalloch is one of these mystic and melancholic bands, excelling at playing a smart blend of Doom Metal and few elements from Melodic Death Metal, such as the voice a la Dark Tranquillity. Established as one of the best combos in their style and one of America's most interesting bands, Agalloch was founded in Portland, Oregon in late 1995. After a couple of demos, they scored a deal with The End Records in 1998 and their debut album Pale Folklore was released in 1999. In 2001, a limited MCD entitled Of Stone, Wind and Pillor was released and they then worked on today's chapter, their second full-length album, The Mantle. Agalloch is composed by John Haughm , Don Anderson and Jason William Walton .

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published 03.06.2004 | Comments (20)

Guest review by
telephonebear
Rating:
10
Agalloch are a band that I have only recently started listening to, but they are the first band in a long time that I have fallen in love with instantly. Most of my favourites have grown on me overtime but there was something about The Mantle that captured me immediately.

I tend to listen to cleaner vocal songs, although there are death metal bands I like, but I thought I would be put off by Haughm's raspy blackened vocals. Instead I found them really beautiful the way they weave in and out of the music. That was the thing that struck me most about Agalloch: the beauty of it. The general formula seems to be power chords on electric guitar with gentle twangy acoustic melodies over the top. This works really nicely and the juxtaposition of the heavy and the soft is mirrored when Haugm's vocals become more tuneful. The first time this occurs is in "In The Shadow of Our Pale Companion"-the magnum opus of the album and Agalloch's best along with "Not Unlike the Waves" four years later. The rasps and whispers build up to an epic sounding tuneful cry which gives me shivers every time. The vocals then vary between these two styles, as well as monotone almost talking and whispers through the rest of the album, in a very fluid way. There is no clean verse to harsh verse pattern; it all blends into each other.

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published 30.01.2014 | Comments (23)

31.08.2022
It is only now that I realize how ironic it is that one of the most wintery albums out there was released in the summer. The August from 20 years ago gave us this masterpiece, and this is one of those kind of albums where it's very uncontroversial to call it as such. "In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion" only gets competition from "East Hastings" as my favorite song of all time, and I've mentioned time and time again how discovering this album about ten years ago was a paradigm shift for me and my music taste. It's interesting see how I still connect to The Mantle after all these years, even though sometimes I feel it's either too pompous or meandering for its own good, there are very few albums with such a great interplay between electric and acoustic guitars, and that so effectively merge atmospheric black metal into post-rock structures. And all of it feels magical years later.

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19.12.2020 - 13:13
Rating: 10
musclassia

Written by RaduP on 19.12.2020 at 13:09

Written by musclassia on 19.12.2020 at 01:21

In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion is a genuine contender for one of the best songs written within metal, I honestly think it's a masterpiece. Hawthorne Passage, Odal and You Were But A Ghost In My Arms are also immense

ITSOOPC is my favourite song ever.


Probably the same for me, or at the very least top 5
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19.12.2020 - 22:50
Rating: 9
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Like every hope I've ever had
Like every dream I've ever known
It washed away in a tide of longing, a longing for a better world
From my will, my throat, to the river, and into the sea, wash away, fade away

That parts fucking gets me every time...
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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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20.12.2020 - 09:57
Rating: 10
Gothic Metalhead
Pro Introvert
What a ride with this album. As strange as this sounds this was my first discovery of Agalloch and I originally hated The Mantle for being a boring album that dragged on. I wouldn't give this album another chase until after I listened to Ashes Against The Grain, now my all-time favorite metal album. With every passing listen, it was the greatest reevaluation I ever made as I finally understand that this is what metal means as an art form. Now I literally listen to Agalloch every day (more particularly this album and especially Ashes) and they've become one of my all-time favorites. While I do love Ashes more, The Mantle truly opened my eyes and into my heart. Too bad I discovered them too late after their breakup as I always do with most of my favorite metal bands.
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12.02.2021 - 10:00
BetulaObscura

Written by Gothic Metalhead on 20.12.2020 at 09:57

What a ride with this album. As strange as this sounds this was my first discovery of Agalloch and I originally hated The Mantle for being a boring album that dragged on. I wouldn't give this album another chase until after I listened to Ashes Against The Grain, now my all-time favorite metal album. With every passing listen, it was the greatest reevaluation I ever made as I finally understand that this is what metal means as an art form. Now I literally listen to Agalloch every day (more particularly this album and especially Ashes) and they've become one of my all-time favorites. While I do love Ashes more, The Mantle truly opened my eyes and into my heart. Too bad I discovered them too late after their breakup as I always do with most of my favorite metal bands.


Better late than never mate!
Cheers!
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"The streets were dark with something more than night" - Raymond Chandler
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30.09.2021 - 01:43
Rating: 10
JavierPaper

How could I not comment on this beautiful album?

Well, at first I didn't think so, and it seemed to me like a very lazy band with terrible vocals.

Several months later I listened to this album again, but this time in its entirety, uuuh I remember it was a journey of feelings.

The beginning of "In the Shadow of our Pale Companion" that I can't get out of my mind.

The chords of "A Desolation Song".

The rhythm of "Odal".

"The Hawthorne Passage" which, with the fact that it is instrumental, makes it 100 times better.

There are many moments that I love on the album, but this commentary would be 3000 words long.
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06.11.2021 - 23:08
Rating: 6
doez
Hallucigenia
Better than I remembered, pretty good album but definitely not for me
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10.12.2021 - 16:37
Rating: 10
nonZero

Written by JavierPaper on 30.09.2021 at 01:43

There are many moments that I love on the album, but this commentary would be 3000 words long.

Write a review! I would read it.
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19.03.2022 - 16:59
Dylan 1974

Giving this pure, unadulterated classic a spin today. It never gets old and just may be the greatest album ever constructed by man or beast.

Like Robert Johnson (and Tenacious D), these fuckers must have signed a covenant with the dark lord to produce this glistening jewel.

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29.04.2022 - 18:33
Rating: 10
sgtrobo

Took me awhile to really get into Agalloch, but I gotta admit, this one keeps getting better and better the more I listen to it
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13.07.2022 - 22:40
Rating: 9
Maha_Niwakiru

Written by Gothic Metalhead on 20.12.2020 at 09:57

Too bad I discovered them too late after their breakup as I always do with most of my favorite metal bands.


It felt that way too. And also discovering they played a festival I attended : I could have seen them.
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14.08.2022 - 01:12
Rating: 10
Alakazam
all eyez on me
Feels good to get the og vinyl on the brink before its anniversary.

Agalloch, or should I say John, always had the eye mind for producing stellar individual art direction and layout within each piece, let alone product per se as each variation of each release is a variation in itself.
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I may not have the largest collection but I certainly have the absolute best

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03.09.2022 - 17:04
A Real Monkey

Here at the edge of this world
Here I gaze at a pantheon of oak, a citadel of stone
If this grand panorama before me is what you call God
Then God is not dead


Probably one of my favorite lyrics ever.
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"Change the world. My final message. Goodbye."

~Last words of Harambe, seconds before he was shot, according to child he shielded from gunfire
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10.09.2022 - 08:50
Rating: 10
24emd

Finally got this today (better late than never) and damn is it a masterpiece! The vocals, the atmosphere, the faster parts, the slower parts. Just wow.
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"It washed away in a tide of longing, a longing for a better world..."
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13.09.2022 - 12:27
Rating: 10
nonZero

A fantastic, bleak album that transports you to another time and place, lost in a dark snow-covered forest. One of my favourite black metal albums of all time.

9.6/10 for me - 'In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion', 'Odal' and '...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth' are the standout songs. 'I Am The Wooden Doors', 'The Lodge' and 'A Desolation Song' are both also great.
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