The past couple of days have been loaded with celebratory news about reunions and tours and festivals but amidst these wonderful announcements comes the sadder news from the Agalloch side of the fence about their calling it a career. Their official statement can be found below.
From The Band Facebook:
“Following 20 years, 5 full length albums, many tours around the world, and numerous other recordings, John Haughm and the rest of the band (Don Anderson, Jason Walton, and Aesop Dekker) have parted ways. What the future holds for the separate parties remains undetermined. We collectively thank all of our fans across the world. There are also way too many other people to thank who made this band possible. You know who you are.”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I always hate when a band that has so many powerful things to say decides to call it a career and sadly I never got to see them in concert more than a couple of times over the years. That said at least we still have their crushing works and I wish all of their members well and thank them for the music. Good luck in your future’s, we’ll be listening. Fans who wish to leave us their thoughts about this breakup may do so in the comments section below.
Artist: Agalloch Title: “Ashes Against The Grain” Label: The End Records Release Date: 8/8/2006 Genre: Progressive, Atmospheric, Experimental, Dark Metal Rating: 4/5
When you look to play some cool Atmospheric Doom Metal and your mind starts to seek out the region where some of the better stuff is generated from, you would be hard pressed to come up with Portland Oregon as all that inspirational. Yet, oddly enough the guys in Agalloch hail from there and call it home on top of doling out some of the most dramatic and brooding music of this kind. There is a refreshing, yet Dark and ominous sound on “Ashes Against The Grain”, an album that takes elements of Black Metal and Folk to the mix as well over the haunting guitar riffs. The guitars are rich in echo and decay and they use two styles of vocals (Growls and Clean) which together make the overall vibe of this enthralling CD stretches the boundaries on how genres can mix and be used together. Heavy, but by no means a display a screaming Metal prowess the listener gets drawn in to tracks like “Falling Snow” which at points use power chords that are reminiscent of Type-O-Negative. The blending of the vocals works especially well for the release as you often only hear the two in blistering Black Metal. I felt this gives a positive spin on those who perform different genre styles and shows it’s acceptable to use them in this format as well. Continue reading “Ashes Against The Grain” by Agalloch→