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Agalloch is a metal band formed in Portland, Oregon, United States in 1995.Read More...
For twenty years the Pacific Northwest group has defined what it means to combine influences from a variety of musical genres into one brooding, colossal, and cinematic sound that provides the soundtrack to existential themes concerning man, nature, loss, and death.
After two demo releases in the late 90s the band released three full-length albums: pale folklore (1999), the mantle (2002), and ashes against the grain (2006). “The Mantle” has since been heralded as a classic for having been one of the first albums to combine elements from black metal, neo-folk, progressive rock, post-rock, and ambient music. The influence of this record can be heard in many so-called “post-black metal” bands today.
In 2008 Agalloch began re-releasing their demos, B-sides, and EPs under their own Dammerung Arthouse label. In 2010 their fourth album marrow of the spirit made number one on numerous critic’s top ten lists. In between each of these full-lengths the band pushed on the flexible boundaries they had developed around themselves through a series of EPs that found the band experimenting with post-rock/instrumental rock (The Grey), neo-folk/psychedelic folk (“the white ep) and a mammoth twenty-minute epic work entitled Faustian Echoes released through Dammerung Arts. Their fifth and newest full-length album the serpent & the sphere continues to earn praise for solidifying the now identifiable sound of the band.
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- This White Mountain on Which You Will Die - 614,666 plays
- LyricsThe texture of the soul is a liquid that casts a vermilion flood
From a wound carved as an oath; it fills the river bank a sanguine fog
These arms were meant to be lost! Hacked, severed and forgotten
The texture of time is a whisper that echoes across the flood
It's hymn resonates from tree to tree, through every sullen bough it sings
- LyricsThe water pours its embracing arms around the stone
Decay drips from the unquiet void where the ice forms, where life ends
The stone is by the crimson flood, swallowed
The red tide beyond the ebon wound, contorted
My sacrifice bids farewell in this river of memory... a wave to end all time
- LyricsThrough vast valleys I wonder
To the highest peaks
On pathways through a wild forgotten landscape
In search of God, in spite of man
'til the lost forsaken endless. . .
- LyricsAurora swims in the ether
Emerald fire scars the night sky
Amber streams from Sol
Are not unlike the waves of the sea
Nor the endless horizon of ice
- Odal - 560,272 plays
- Fire Above, Ice Below - 634,032 plays
- The Lodge - 520,693 plays
- I Am the Wooden Doors - 543,247 plays
- A Desolation Song - 569,943 plays