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Now for a walkthrough of each song. It starts out with "She Painted Fire Across the Skyline," which, as a whole song might seem sort of ...unorganized. That's why it's 3 different parts that flow together. A Great song, to say the least, the female vocals are excellent especially when combined with the pretty much whispering vocals, and part 3 is quite agressive. The guitar work is excellent, utalizing the acoustic/metal combining and forms a unique desolate and bleak atmosphere. Maybe that's because of the sounds of chilling winds in between each part, which also has great effect. After that monster of a song, you might want to relax into absolute musical bliss and thats just what "The Misshapen Steed" does. The majestic, yet eerie keyboard melodies of this instrumental song will totally imparadise you. The worst part of this song is when it ends, trust me you will not want this song to end.Read more ›
Some have compared Agalloch to Opeth, which is fair to a limited degree (particularly if they are referencing early Opeth, i.e. _Orchid_ and _Morningrise_). In my own opinion, this band is closer in spirit to Ulver's early black metal trilogie (_Bergtatt_, _Kveldssanger_, and _Nattens Madrigal_) and the dark folk music of bands like Sol Invictus. Agalloch's music embraces a pastoral aesthetic of lachrymose sadness, with long epic songs blending crunchy metal riffs that have a Katatonia-like melodic elegance (think _Brave Murder Day_) and the adoption of folk music features. Haughm's vocals range from harsh screaming or rasping whispers. Lyrics are paramythical and romantic and melancholy, for example: "As a bird I watched her from my cold tower in the heavens, and when she fell from the northplace, I flew down and embraced her."
Taken by itself, a description of the band's sound and style might cause one to dismiss them. After all, the whole "metal/acoustic" thing has been done plenty of times at this point (often by rotten bands imitative of Opeth). The ultimate reason for _Pale Folklore_'s accomplishment here is the evocative sound and flow. Most metal bands write albums of songs that are unrelated or at best the inter-song relationship is tangential. Agalloch instead follows a beautifully effect dramatic curve, where the emotional course of the music supersedes conceptual relationships and creates an utterly absorbing album from beginning to end. The three-part opener, "She Painted Fire Across the Skyline", is beautifully illustrative of why Agalloch is successful.Read more ›
It starts off with "She Painted Fire Across The Skyline", an almost 19 minute long song which is just brilliant, the best song on the album. The following track "The Misshapen Steed" is a beutiful piece of music which just gives me shivers up my back everytime I listen to it..
All the remaining songs are amazing also (especially "As Embers Dress The Sky" and "The Melancholy Spirit"). Not one bad song on this album. So if you like this kind of dark depressive metal you should try this out. Even if you do not like this kind of music I think you should give this album a shot. These guys deserve all fame they can get and besides that: What more can you ask from an album that this album does not offer?
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This is a badass album from start to finish. I'd highly recommend you check this album out. You will not be disappointed. Buy it, listen to it, and enjoy it.Published 10 months ago by Spikedskull
Pale of Folklore is awesome its so cold and harsh and at the same time warm with folkish elements this band never sees-es to amaze me the guys vocals are harsh but at the same time... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Warren
Just what I had been looking for in a world overrun with terrible metal core music. This is the real deal. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Jeremiah Ramos
Like Opeth and Aeternus this band is hard to classify. It sounds like Doom Metal with elements of Black Metal and Progressive Metal added in. Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by The Honey Badger
You can sometimes tell that Pale Folklore is Agalloch's first album. It occasionally sounds a little juvenile, particularly right at the start of "She Painted Fire Across The... Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Angry Mofo
So, this band Agalloch....wow. I didn't know anything about them until they popped up as a recommendation on my Amazon page after making some Opeth purchases. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by J. Hill