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Pale Folklore

AgallochAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: July 6, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B00000JIRY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Painted Fire Across the Skyline (Part 1)
2. She Painted Fire Across the Skyline (Part 2)
3. She Painted Fire Across the Skyline (Part 3)
4. The Misshapen Steed
5. Hallways of Enchanted Ebony
6. Dead Winter Days
7. As Embers Dress the Sky
8. The Melancholy Spirit

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut albums couldn't get much better than this. September 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
No band has done what Agalloch has done with this album. It will provide everything you could want in an album. Long, Progressive ever-changing, atmospheric songs, Dark Poetic Lyrics, absolutely brilliant guitar melodies, a variety of vocals (mostly shrilling harsh vocals, but also some dark, beautiful clean vocals, and some female vocals), and the best part is it grows on you and you'll always come crawling back for more. It's very folk inspired, a lot of great guitar playing... and the instrumentals are truly breathtaking. Individually, the songs are very balanced. One minute will be distorted guitars, the next will be a beautiful acoustic interlude. It's also very balanced as a whole, some long parts of songs have a very relaxed feel, some go back and forth a lot, and some fall sort of in between. Not to mention, it's amazing how they accomplished all this on their first album...

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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spellbinding debut. March 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Agalloch's _Pale Folklore_ is a masterpiece. It is a rare debut that shows a band with stylistic cohesion, passionate songwriting, and full control over its considerable imagination.
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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pale Folklore is an absolute masterpiece! May 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
With Pale Folklore Agalloch have done what Ulver did with Bergtatt. That is create an absolutely brilliant debut album which they may never top. I think, unlike Ulver, Agalloch have it in them to go even better than Pale Folklore, if that's even possible! Anyway on to the music. John Chedsey from Satan Stole My Teddybear calls this "Grey Metal". I think this is a perfect description. The music has elements of pure heavy metal, but is more extreme than that. They also have some black metal elements, but they are not that extreme. There are some absolutely amazing folky lead guitar melodies on here. If the beginning of She Painted Fire Across The Skyline (up to about the 4 min mark) doesn't send shivers up your spine, then nothing will! There are also a lot of quiet, accoustic interludes, sometimes accompanied by flute and sound effects. Any fans of early Ulver, Vintersorg or Opeth who don't have this must get it NOW! Agalloch have raised the bar. If you found this review helpful, please say, I might post more...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect February 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dark melancholic metal music with melody and a good production. The lyrics are very poetic and dark, and deals with lonliness, suicide and love. Very well written. The vocals are kind of harsh black metal like, but are whispered at the same time and sometimes you can hear a beautiful female voice which fits in perfectly with the atmosphere...
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Agalloch you have done it yet again my friends
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing start to a great line of albums.
Just what I had been looking for in a world overrun with terrible metal core music. This is the real deal. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jeremiah Ramos
4.0 out of 5 stars Different.. in a Good Way
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 more
Published on June 24, 2012 by The Honey Badger
4.0 out of 5 stars They got even better after this, but what a great debut!
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 more
Published on April 29, 2012 by Angry Mofo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Debut from an Intriguing Band
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 more
Published on April 19, 2012 by J. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is one of my favorite albums. Sadly the band is not the most well known which is unfortunate because they have such a distinct and awesome sound ! Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Bowser
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical and Enchanting
This is an album that will take you on an epic journey through an enchanted forest of wonder, and will leave you wanting for more!! Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by Codera
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets the foundation for one of Americas most underrated bands.
Pale Folklore is the first studio album by the Oregon based Black Metal/Post-Rock group Agalloch. This album sets the pace for the rest of their releases and is definitely a... Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Portland, Or.
I love Agalloch, they are probably the most innovative band as far as whats current. Great sounds, any place, any time.
Published on September 3, 2010 by Billy Ballantyne
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Every year when the winter rears its ugly head, I find myself yearning for music that fits that stark, cold, dreary mood that comes with it. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by LTJ
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