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Instrumentation that seemed unchanging and simple proves to be very diverse on repeated listens. It helps to actually look at song credits and see what instruments are involved because they are very subtly integrated: from the symphonic percussion on "...And the Great Cold Death of the Earth" to the bristly mandolin of "A Desolation Song" to the beautiful, understated trombone theme in "The Hawthorne Passage" to the realms of texture within each song. Special note for "A Desolation Song", which uses the accordion (ggyah!) beautifully. Who would have thought...Read more ›
If you thought `Pale Folklore' was a journey into the depths of Black-Metal influenced Ambient Prog Music, I can assure you that was only their warm-up hike. The Portland (OR.) based Agalloch return back for another epic journey through the wilderness with their powerful sophomore release `The Mantle'.
This album is a clear progression for the band... they have done away with much of the awkward sounding black-metal parts (though still kept the much of the genres influence) and furthered their focus on the ambience of the music... Tracks like the 14 minute `In the Shadow of our Pale Companion' is song that is rivaled in modern progressive rock only by few bands (such as `Porcupine Tree') This song is absolutely stunning... creative, lush, somber atmospheres. Where as songs like `I Am the Wooden Door' go back to some of their more metal influences starting with a powerful double-bass intro... but still adding some beautiful acoustics mid-way through. There is not one bad track on the album and the disk is probably best listened to from start to finish to best appreciate this aural experience.
Overall, everything is stepped on this release... Better flow, more cohesive writing... Better production and sound... The vocal work has greatly improved. (Like I said above this album sounds less `awkward' during their heavier parts then their previous album.) I mean `Pale Folklore' was fantastic, but `The Mantle', well it is just freaking amazing!!! Near perfection, in fact why are you still reading this? Go buy this CD! If you like atmospheric post-rock like Pelican, Red Sparowes even GYBE, and have any interest in Prog-Metal (Or things of a heavier progressive influence) such as Opeth, or newer Enslaved.Read more ›
Deeply influenced by Opeth's and Katatonia's progressive rock elements, this disc is so full of sonically stunning soundscapes, it's hard for the listener to chose favorites. The album opener, "A Celebration For The Death Of Man," is a very peaceful (if repetitive) instrumental with acoustic strums and quite a bit of ambient guitar feedback. "In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion," which is a fifteen minute long epic, is heavily textured, and has multiple layers and dimensions to it. It features more acoustic strums with (what sounds like) a sitar, a very pretty string arrangement, and (what could be) a piano, and it also offsets some angry, black metal-esque snarls with dreary, spoken word vocals. Next, "Odal" augments dreamy guitar plucking with a very cool piano and somewhat creepy wind wooshes.
"I Am The Wooden Doors" is the first song to offer a glimpse of real heaviness. It's bolstered by fast, propulsive electric guitars and driving drums, but the heaviness is broken up by a beautiful acoustic breakdown.
"The Lodge," which is the record's third instrumental, begins with what could be the resonating sound of two drumsticks being clapped together.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I never did get into Black Metal, therefore I was skeptical about buying
this CD. As I listened to a few songs on Youtube, I began to notice
that this CD is probably 75%... Read more
This album is as gloomy as it is beautiful... it is the perfect combination of folk and black metal.Published 16 months ago by Ryan M.
I run what some might consider to be an unhealthy amount; as it is an addiction for me. Once a month I'll run 21 miles give or take and listening to The Mantle for the first 10... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael McCuin
This album is one of my new favorites. Every single song is brilliant and soothing. Agalloch has done it again!Published on December 17, 2013 by Chris
There are very few albums today that is intended to be listened to from beginning to end. Even most "theme based" recordings can be picked apart and favorite cuts selected. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Hawgfin
It is hauntingly beautiful and heavy. Agalloch definitely has their own sound. This is an amazing band. Their changes from soft to heavy and back are unrivaled.Published on May 19, 2013 by Dale Vines
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Dang no one has replied to this lol.
Yeah The Mantle is THE folk metal album. They do create some of the best atmosphere in metallic music. I mean from the past decade metal bands have been becoming more atmospheric and I think Agalloch creates the best atmosphere for folk metal.
Though I... Read More
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