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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Release, May 20, 2014
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I always have high hopes going into an Agalloch record, even with not being the biggest fan of Marrow of the Spirit. I've probably listened to it 10-15 times now and overall I'm happy with the purchase. This was actually more difficult than I thought to review because even after the multiple listens, I truly do enjoy the songs but something just feels like it's missing.

After looking at one of the other reviews, he's exactly right in the sense that this release is missing any real stand out tracks. With the previous albums, I might only feel like a ...and the Great Cold Death of the Earth, Odal, Falling Snow, Not Unlike the Waves or Black Lake Niðstång. When I bring up this track listing and scroll through, there's really not one track in particular I'm craving enough to single out. This could change with more listens, but I've listened to it quite enough to conclude that I'm not hearing a true favorite. A better example would even be if you could only show 5 songs of the bands catalog to a new fan, I'm not sure I would pick something from this release.

Nitpicking aside, it's still an enjoyable listen with everything you've come to love about the band in terms of their signature ambiance, unique mixed vocal styles, intricate songwriting and the addition of a few well placed acoustic passages.

Pros:
Dark Matter Gods
Celestial Effigy
Plateau of the Ages

Cons:
Lacks any real true stand out tracks.
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Initial post: May 20, 2014 11:32:54 PM PDT
XtrmeMetal says:
Stand out track: "the Astral Dialogue". Agalloch takes time to absorb to appreciate. "Ghost of the Midwinter Fires" of "Marrow" is my favorite track by them, live it just kills. Give it time it will age like the finest wine....

Posted on May 21, 2014 5:40:37 AM PDT
J. Hill says:
Every time I listen to it, I can't wait for the sequence of "The Astral Dialogue," "Dark Matter Gods," and "Celestial Effigy." Those all stand out for me, as does "Plateau of the Ages." Excellent album.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 6:57:39 AM PDT
Guitar Judge says:
When you find a track really standing out you have to ask yourself, "Why?" For me Pillars and Death does stand out as my favorite track, but does not stand out as the only "good" song on the album. As evidenced by the two other replies to your review, their are a lot of songs on this album that appeal to different listeners. Ask yourself this after finishing a complete spin of the sphere: "Is there a bad song?"
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