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From Which of This Oak [Vinyl] Single, Import
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By J. Hill on April 23, 2014
"From Which of This Oak" is the first demo/EP by Agalloch, released in 1997. Coming before their debut, "Pale Folklore," it has a more raw sound on the black metal material, but already showed the incredible skill of these musicians and the wide scope of their vision as a band. Two of the four songs here are unavailable anywhere else but the ultra-rare "Compendium Archive" CD (only 250 copies), and they're two of my favorite songs in the entire Agalloch discography. Both of these tracks, "The Wilderness" and "This Old Cabin" are Agalloch at their absolute best in the metal department. Like any fan of this band, I love the diversity in their sound, but the metal roots are what keep me hooked on them. Both songs have riffs and solos galore, plenty of melodic sections, some blast beats, Haughm's tortured, Burzum-esque screeches, and multiple phases. "The Wilderness" clocks in at over eleven minutes, and "This Old Cabin" is over thirteen minutes, so to say they're epic is stating the obvious. These two songs make this EP worth it from a collecting standpoint. The other songs are an earlier recording of "As Embers Dress the Sky" (one of the excellent songs on "Pale Folklore"), and a short instrumental ambient piece, "Foliorum Viridium." The latter song also appears on their rare EP "Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor." Capturing Agalloch at an early stage in their musical development, "From Which of This Oak" is well worth having for anyone enamored with this band, plus it's a great collectible to own. It's highly recommended.
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