The Serpent & The Sphere
I've become a really huge fan of Agalloch over the past three or four years. The band has been around for 17, so I was a little late to the party. Thanks to bands like Agalloch and Thrawsunblat, the whole Folk Metal genre has become one of my favorites. Blending the best elements of Black Metal "Whisper Screams" and Pagan atmospherics/lyrical ideology make this band one of the best of it's kind. While their last release Marrow of the Spirit had more of a winter gloom going for it, The Serpent and The Sphere is bursting with rays of summer sun. The songs are bright and the instrumentation is much more progressive than say their last three albums.
While I really enjoyed the natural sounds of nature(streams, forest rustling) on their last release, this record has it's own identity and relies less on what's happening around the songs. The Serpent & The Sphere is a refined composition of all the band's best attributes. This cd may echo the past but it does not stand complacent in the shadow of it's enormity.
Recommended: The 10 minute plus opener is monumental!
John Haughm − vocals, guitar, drums
Don Anderson − guitar, drums, keyboard
Jason William Walton − bass guitar
Aesop Dekker − drums
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