Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
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Greyvy
May 11th 2014


5112 Comments


no thats still me.

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Wizard
May 11th 2014


19646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Your best review to date buddy!

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zaruyache
May 11th 2014


7435 Comments


KYLE, If you cannot cope that bands change (Cynic, Agalloch, Emperor),

New Cynic WAS terrible, though! And 'Sput holds Emperor's last album at a pretty respectable level,
just not up to par with their first two. Please go away angry fanboy who acts as if this website
didn't worship this band like you claim to yourself.

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CaptainDooRight
May 11th 2014


30363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still haven't even heard yet.

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Gyromania
May 11th 2014


16092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yah cynic's new album was total shit and i definitely did not like the change (although who didn't see it coming). emperor's last album is their best imo. prometheus doesn't get enough love. first two are also superb ofc

Catatonic
May 11th 2014


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd say the opening track is a lot more Agallochy than Celestial Effigy

Scoot
May 11th 2014


17916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

biggest disappointment in quite a while

CutMan
May 11th 2014


1798 Comments


"There is a colossal amount of construction going on within the tunes of The Serpent & the Sphere, as the instruments time and again revisit the drive to create massive atmosphere and big soundscapes. The problem is, however, that Agalloch did not seem to recognize the importance or even the existence of this insatiable appetite for larger emotion, and rather fumble around with conceptually soaked songwriting kindling that can never light the whole track ablaze."

None of this means anything. You make it sound as if the instruments are living entities that, themselves, desire to create "atmosphere", but their cruel owners, the musicians, refuse to satisfy their "appetite" for it.

feanaro
May 11th 2014


873 Comments


man... this is dire. I at least liked marrow on first listen, and it took a few times to realize that I was underwhelmed. this was boring from the first listen. will give it a few more tries but I don't really have any faith in this band anymore.

Diatom
May 11th 2014


8 Comments


There's nothing remotely interesting or inspiring about the acoustic interludes - nothing I haven't heard a million times before. To make them out to be some sort of highlight that's ruined by the rest of the album is absurd.

kaparoni
May 12th 2014


134 Comments


Was streaming the album . Well , not much I can say about it . Agalloch is not an ordinary band . The music is not ordinary . It's pretty hard to listen to the complete album cause it can be very exhausting . The only album I can really hear is "Pale Folklore which was really one of the best 90 's albums . The other releases were meh... Overall It's a nice album but not more . Will rate it after hearing the album 2-3 times

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Mike08
May 12th 2014


609 Comments


Many will claim the album to be subtle, that it will take time to plant its roots and grow into something sturdy and lasting, but I claim the opposite. The seed was never planted in first place, and was not given to opportunity to root itself and become another The Mantle or Ashes Against the Grain. No, that seed was washed down the river along with the dynamics, wonderful melodies, heartfelt emotion, airy clean vocals, unexpected songwriting twists, and truly innovative thinking that was left behind during the creation of The Serpent & the Sphere.

This made me smile.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2014


17231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The only Agalloch album I like anymore is Ashes Against the Grain. I've never liked Pale Folklore, The Mantle has some cool songs but is monotonous, and they lost me when they released Marrow. This being boring isn't much of a surprise.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2014


31634 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

I'd have enjoyed this more if the production was more on point. Some of the notes here are way too murky to resonate on any kind of emotional level

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Si1v3RfaNg
May 12th 2014


817 Comments


This is a shame, I used to love listening to this band while I attempted to fall asleep.

OmairSh
May 12th 2014


11924 Comments


They need much better album covers

Si1v3RfaNg
May 12th 2014


817 Comments


Their older ones were pretty cool, and Marrow has a chill cover.

fromtheinside
May 12th 2014


19189 Comments


OMG SILVERFANG GUYS

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ProdigalSon16
May 12th 2014


105 Comments


Damn, was hoping it would be good.

Si1v3RfaNg
May 12th 2014


817 Comments


What's up FTI?



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