Agalloch Premier New Track

2014-03-18 by hyperion STAFF | 167 Comments
Agalloch have premiered a new track from their upcoming album The Serpent & The
Sphere
at Pitchfork. The seven minute "Celestial Effigy" will be featured on
Agalloch's fifth studio album set to be released by Profound Lore Records on May 13th in
North America and May 19th in Europe.

Stream at: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16772-agalloch-celestial-effigy/

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zulop
March 18th 2014
166 Comments


DAMN YOU I JUST POSTED THIS . Please delete my submission.

What do you make of the song so far? I am going to give it a few more listens later and mull it over.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19648 Comments


better than anything on marrow or faust that's for sure. color me impressed, i was really expecting this to be lackluster and kind of shit

sounds kind of like something off pale folklore but iupdated to their new sort of attitude, which is pretty damn cool honestly

Digging: Robert Hood - Wire To Wire

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19648 Comments


damn guys this is really good

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


so excited! sounds good a couple minutes in

emester
March 18th 2014
5763 Comments


HYPE TRAIN AT MAX SPEED

Digging: Faustcoven - Hellfire and Funeral Bells

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


Cool cover art too

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2014
20715 Comments


Wow this day just got a whole lot better

Digging: Tigers on Trains - Grandfather

Shogun
March 18th 2014
427 Comments


I really like it, improves on repeated listen.

SCREAM!
March 18th 2014
10969 Comments


Very nice track although is it just me or do a couple of transitions sound a little awkward?

Apollo
March 18th 2014
10387 Comments


This is awesome!

Apollo
March 18th 2014
10387 Comments


Agree with you Scream, the transitions do sound kinda awkward. But this is 100% better than aything off Marrow imo.

Never did hear Faustian Echoes.

loneNLwolf
March 18th 2014
149 Comments


I'm liking this.

Gwyn.
March 18th 2014
15618 Comments


never really listened to this band

Liking this song well enough though

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


not digging the marrow hate itt

into the painted grey? ghost of the midwinter's fires? fuckin black lake nidstang?



SCREAM!
March 18th 2014
10969 Comments


Marrow really grew on me with time. My least fave of theirs but not by much. Listened to this one twice already and I liked it more the second time so we'll see how it goes. Hopefully the rest of the album flows a little better

BigPleb
March 18th 2014
41263 Comments


Damn, great song title for sure.

osmark86
March 18th 2014
4730 Comments


aight, gonna check this out.

Digging: Vattnet Viskar - Settler

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


We've yet to hear the rusty old railroad spike, cow pelvis bone, electric saw, zither or waterphone
either.. going to be interesting.

ASnideReturns
March 18th 2014
5840 Comments


Should be interesting.

Digging: Olafur Arnalds - ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


cover isn't bad, but yeah i'm not jizzing over it or anything

Balerion
March 18th 2014
810 Comments


Where's noctus

ti0n
March 18th 2014
1682 Comments


well its pretty bland. not really bad but ugh can't describe it.

Digging: Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


3.5/5

Verse riffing was a snooze-fest, intro and outro were excellent, vocals were a bit restrained and the tempo hardly changed at all. It wasn't as dynamic as Agalloch can be, nor as daring. It's better than almost all of Marrow, though, which is good.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2014
20715 Comments


"alternate link for nigs having trouble with bitchfork:"

i love you.



pedro70512
March 18th 2014
4145 Comments


Dekker's drumming is noticeably tighter on this than on Marrow. Really enjoyed it.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19648 Comments


It wasn't as dynamic


!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


Let me rephrase: everything but the first minute or two and the last minute were not dynamic.

RangerTaffles
March 18th 2014
270 Comments


Fucking rules. Immensely pumped.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


basically it rules hard when they aren't trying to focus so much on black metal

like most agalloch though this is getting better the more I listen

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


Dekker's drumming is noticeably tighter on this than on Marrow. Really enjoyed it.

nah bro its just better production

pedro70512
March 18th 2014
4145 Comments


"nah bro its just better production"

that's entirely possible.

MO
March 18th 2014
19628 Comments


awesome

Pankar95
March 18th 2014
148 Comments


bretty good

EyesWideShut
March 18th 2014
3392 Comments


it sounds like Agalloch.. Not much more to say really..

Scoot
March 18th 2014
18194 Comments


nothing they haven't done before

having said that it obviously rules

Digging: Mutoid Man - Bleeder

Artuma
March 18th 2014
19395 Comments


fjhfkfrjkkkknhfdehyeerhhr gotta listen hard

Digging: Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


Haughm just said about this song "there are A LOT of stylistic twists and turns on this album. This song does not represent it as a whole - none of the songs do. I actually hate these previews because of this. We never write just a collection of songs with the same vibe"

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


where'd you see that crysis

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


He commented in the thread on his FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Haughm/151181848317762

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


Yeah that's where I've been getting all my info so far

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


i like how he said "and no its not the "centerpiece" of the album"

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1268 Comments


was expecting crysis to hate this
















was surprised

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


Why? These guys are one of my top 3 favorite bands, I have two of their albums at a 5 and one at a
4.5. Marrow was just a fluke.

And the more I listen to this track the more I'm enjoying it.

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1268 Comments


on a whim

climactic
March 18th 2014
20443 Comments


its ok

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


damn where are the people that actually liked marrow?

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1268 Comments


all dead, crysis killed them

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


noctus will be here soon enough!

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1268 Comments


with or without his head?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


[:

:]

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1268 Comments


i knew it all along u are noctus

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


I liked Marrow, it's their worst album but it's still really good. Feels weird saying worst though because that implies it was bad.

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


whoaaaaa slow down

pedro70512
March 18th 2014
4145 Comments


The first two songs on Marrow were great and the rest were good. About as 4.0 as 4.0s get.

ASnideReturns
March 18th 2014
5840 Comments


I'm still really not sure what I think of this band.

Wadlez
March 18th 2014
4831 Comments


They rule, there ya go.

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6153 Comments


listen to ashes some more

SnakeDelilah
March 18th 2014
11794 Comments


Awesome song, my body is definitely ready.

Digging: mewithoutYou - Pale Horses

laughingman22
March 18th 2014
2218 Comments


neat

Digging: Parliament - Motor Booty Affair

Gmork89
March 18th 2014
5777 Comments


Yes this is great.

Yazz_Flute
March 18th 2014
18929 Comments


Reminds me considerably of Pale Folklore.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19648 Comments


agreed

laughingman22
March 18th 2014
2218 Comments


amazing song

Amebix
March 18th 2014
240 Comments


fucking amazing

Ryus
March 18th 2014
8814 Comments


omg made my day

Digging: Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun - Divine Music from a Jail

SharkTooth
March 18th 2014
9116 Comments


Why is this in my feed? I don't even know who Agalloch is

Ryus
March 18th 2014
8814 Comments


lol leave sput

RoyalImperialGuard
March 18th 2014
1569 Comments


3.4/5

forkliftjones
March 18th 2014
490 Comments


it was good

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


I see some Pale Folklore influence here but honestly I don't think it sounds like it that much. Pale Folklore is much darker than this song is, is more melodic, not as overtly heavy especially in the verses, and has a better sense of movement. It takes a note from Pale Folklore, but this song is rather different from anything they've done, as have all their albums been.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2014
20715 Comments


yeah it kind of reminds me of pale folklore too. Gotta limit my listening so I don't get burned out on the song before the album!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


Pale Folklore just seems like it operates on a larger scale than this track

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19648 Comments


yeah the blast beat part in this is kind of bad but everything that surrounds it is pretty awesome

Tyrael
March 18th 2014
20989 Comments


Marrow rules stop being wrong Crysis

[:

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


What did you think of this track?

BigPleb
March 18th 2014
41263 Comments


Found this boring like the rest of their work, ah well.

DarkNoctus
March 18th 2014
9200 Comments


on my fifth listen and i don't think that much of it, i mean it's okay but not much more

i think how crysis feels about marrow is how i feel about this

but it'll probably grow, i didn't like faustian echoes at first

Digging: Mourning Beloveth - Dust

Tyrael
March 18th 2014
20989 Comments


Track is really solid, good stuff

DarkNoctus
March 18th 2014
9200 Comments


oh look i was mentioned before i haven't been forgotten about!! [:

ti0n
March 18th 2014
1682 Comments


"basically it rules hard when they aren't trying to focus so much on black metal"

true. love the folk oriented parts from their first 3 more than the black metal ones. they are just better at it.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 18th 2014
2166 Comments


This sounds like a less lively Pale Folklore to me but I think it may grow on me

Digging: Rishloo - Feathergun

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16770 Comments


"i think how crysis feels about marrow is how i feel about this"

Surprised to hear you say that, to be honest. What makes you think that?

DarkNoctus
March 18th 2014
9200 Comments


because it's just not doing it for me, i suppose. i need more time with it i guess.

Wizard
March 18th 2014
19881 Comments


Love the song! Sounds like something lifted off the Ashes Against the Grain sessions.


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Very nice track although is it just me or do a couple of transitions sound a little awkward?


You've just pointed out something they've always done throughout their career. But that's the charm with this band and I love how some of their older songs really don't give a fuck in creating perfect transitions. Makes them feel more human if you ask me.


Keyblade
March 18th 2014
16415 Comments


Holy fuck, I'm loving this

Digging: -

Wizard
March 18th 2014
19881 Comments


I swear Aesop Dekker has done awesome stuff with this band. Love that drummer to death!

Keyblade
March 18th 2014
16415 Comments


The cover isn't too far from that joke dbz cover is it haha

zaruyache
March 18th 2014
9022 Comments


feels kinda disjounted on the first listen-through. I'll give it another listen in a while.

Digging: False - Untitled

InFiction
March 18th 2014
3767 Comments


Reminds me of Pale Folklore, which is awesome.

Digging: Earth Caller - Degenerate

Keyblade
March 18th 2014
16415 Comments


It's like a mix of Pale Folklore and Ashes, their 2 best albums. Jamming it for the 3rd time in a row, can't get enough

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2014
7271 Comments


Goddamn. Agalloch simpy can't do wrong.

Digging: Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett

R6Rider
March 18th 2014
4904 Comments


I swear Aesop Dekker has done awesome stuff with this band. Love that drummer to death!

I really dig him as well. After seeing them live I felt sorry for his snare.

Digging: Wife - What's Between

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


I've listened to this 6 times already..

DarkNoctus
March 18th 2014
9200 Comments


so have i and it isn't growing on me at all

i hope it makes sense in the context of the album because otherwise, oh dear...

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


I honestly thought it was a little boring after the first listen but I'm absolutely loving it now

Wizard
March 18th 2014
19881 Comments


I really dig him as well. After seeing them live I felt sorry for his snare.

Hahaha I definitely here ya. He is a mighty abuser of the high pitched snare but he pounds the snot out of his kit. Listen to him on Vhol's s/t.

beefshoes
March 18th 2014
5444 Comments


Wow.
YES.
I am pumped, but I wish this had came out if Autumn. It's going to feel weird listening to this in the Spring/Summer.

Digging: Vennart - The Demon Joke

ThomasTheCure
March 18th 2014
315 Comments


i'm underwhelmed. there's no payoff, other than the decent outro.

Digging: OJR - Nashville Demos

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


The entire song is the payoff.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16677 Comments


Pretty cool but I hope the other songs are better

DominionMM1
March 18th 2014
11279 Comments


pretty solid. new record should be pretty good.

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


It's never a good idea to judge an Agalloch album off one song though, pretty sure it will be even better when heard with everything else.

Ignimbrite
March 19th 2014
5655 Comments


Agalloch V: Le Jerkening

Digging: Rosetta - Quintessential Ephemera

someguest
March 19th 2014
23622 Comments


This track is definitely a throwback to Pale Folklore.

Brilliant.

Digging: Refused - Freedom

AdolfChrist
March 19th 2014
1905 Comments


its agalloch so yeah, it ruled.

Wizard
March 19th 2014
19881 Comments


Wizard unpredictable as usual

But I've always loved everything they do.

AdolfChrist
March 19th 2014
1905 Comments


"basically it rules hard when they aren't trying to focus so much on black metal"

i agree for the most part, but Faustian Echoes was fucking great and that was probably the most black metal thing theyve done.

VermTheImpaler
March 19th 2014
1359 Comments


Is legit

Amphoteric
March 19th 2014
2014 Comments


The complete track list was released this morning, and the other song titles are pretty cool too.

DarkNoctus
March 19th 2014
9200 Comments


where?

edit: nvm found it

1. Birth and Death of the Pillars of Creation
2. (serpens caput)
3. The Astral Dialogue
4. Dark Matter Gods
5. Celestial Effigy
6. Cor Serpentis (the sphere)
7. Vales Beyond Dimension
8. Plateau of the Ages
9. (serpens cauda)

DarkNoctus
March 19th 2014
9200 Comments


http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16772-agalloch-celestial-effigy/

the stream here is higher quality

i'm starting to like it a bit more but john's clean vocals really aren't doing it for me on this track

SCREAM!
March 19th 2014
10969 Comments


did you just relink the news article's stream?

Motiv3
March 19th 2014
8957 Comments


Pretty good on first listen, ending was great. But it didn't blow me away or anything. Hopefully it'll grow with more listens. Will listen again later of course.

Amphoteric
March 19th 2014
2014 Comments


I liked the little choir sounding part, wish it was higher in the mix though.

Emyay
March 19th 2014
6153 Comments


dumb noctus

DarkNoctus
March 19th 2014
9200 Comments


lmao oops

i thought the op linked to the soundcloud one

i just woke up when i posted that haha

:]

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
19648 Comments


Birth and Death of the Pillars of Creation


i usually find agalloch's adolescent pretentiousness kind of charming but goddamn that is one retarded track name

Motiv3
March 19th 2014
8957 Comments


Where did find out the track titles etc. Hyp?

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
19648 Comments


i think they posted them on facebook but someone linked them further up in the thread

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
16770 Comments


The Astral Dialogue is a sick name though

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
19648 Comments


yeah but damn i hope some of these lyrics have the nightfall call to them like a river of shadows ill probably 5 it then

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
16770 Comments


i'd 5 it hard if they did something like that again

IT CAME TO ME WITH THE CRY OF A THOUSAND RAVENS THAT BLACKENED THE SKY AS THEY TOOK FLIGHT AND SANK THE SOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
16770 Comments


Apparently the guy from Musk Ox wrote the acoustic instrumentals so that should be nice

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
19648 Comments


OH GREAT SERPENT OF THE SKY
ONE WHO SLITHERS THROUGH THE CELESTIAL VOID
IN WHICH MY BLACK SOUL SEARCHES THROUGH ETERNITY
LAMENTING THE CRIES OF THOUSANDS OF DYING STARS
AS THEIR BLOOD FILLS THE HEAVENS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW BEGINNING

FOR ALL LIFE (and this part has to be held for like a 5 second whispergrunt with some acoustic arpeggios under it

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
16770 Comments


omg 5/5

DarkNoctus
March 19th 2014
9200 Comments


the tracklist was found here for anyone wondering http://www.profoundlorerecords.com/agalloch-complete-work-on-new-album/

KILL
March 19th 2014
73904 Comments


that was sweet, reminded me of hallways of enchanted ebony in a few places

fromtheinside
March 19th 2014
20195 Comments


need to hear this immediately

Scoot
March 19th 2014
18194 Comments


definitely has a pale folklore vibe to it

excites me greatly since i consider it to be their best album

Makemebad35
March 20th 2014
786 Comments


Not to bad. I can see this easily growing on me.

titanslayer
March 20th 2014
2602 Comments


This is pretty damn good

Wizard
March 21st 2014
19881 Comments


i usually find agalloch's adolescent pretentiousness kind of charming

BINGO! Couldn't have said it better myself.

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
41263 Comments


Love the production on this but I am yet to enjoy an Agalloch track.

Artuma
March 21st 2014
19395 Comments


how dare u

Keyblade
March 21st 2014
16415 Comments


"OH GREAT SERPENT OF THE SKY
ONE WHO SLITHERS THROUGH THE CELESTIAL VOID
IN WHICH MY BLACK SOUL SEARCHES THROUGH ETERNITY
LAMENTING THE CRIES OF THOUSANDS OF DYING STARS
AS THEIR BLOOD FILLS THE HEAVENS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW BEGINNING

FOR ALL LIFE (and this part has to be held for like a 5 second whispergrunt with some acoustic arpeggios under it"

Hahaha, I'd insta-5 on hearing that

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
41263 Comments


Just find them musically uninteresting Artuma, sorry!

Artuma
March 21st 2014
19395 Comments


bro do you even mantle??

Artuma
March 21st 2014
19395 Comments


also i don't see ashes in your ratings, which is the album of theirs you'd most probably enjoy

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
41263 Comments


Checked Pale Folklore and Ashes and both bored me.

Keyblade
March 21st 2014
16415 Comments


Smh Pleb those are their best 2

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
41263 Comments


Damn, disappointing stuff.

baldymort
March 21st 2014
799 Comments


^ Come back to them some other time. I wasn't a fan the first time I heard them either, but I love them now.

Emyay
March 21st 2014
6153 Comments


pleb, you don't dig 'not unlike the waves' ? pretty accessible track as far as m goes. that opening riff doesn't tickle your ballsacks?

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
41263 Comments


Eh can hardly remember so I guess not.

climactic
March 21st 2014
20443 Comments


yes pleb yes

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
41263 Comments


Knew I wasn't alone.

Emyay
March 21st 2014
6153 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuPz7cMD3qs&feature=kp

that intro riff goes hard then that acoustic part is awesome then another bad ass riff and then yeah its just a phenomenal song bro

NeroCorleone80
March 21st 2014
31910 Comments


Didnt like this that much when I first heard, but its growing

Underflow
March 21st 2014
3235 Comments


Not a bad track, but I can't help feeling like they've done this before and done it better.

NeroCorleone80
March 21st 2014
31910 Comments


Same. It almost sounds like a PF B-side, which isnt necessarily a bad thing though

Asdfp277
March 21st 2014
1934 Comments


but this is a single song. i dunno, i like songs better when the whole album plays

edit: "...when i'm playing the whole album" sorry i not english very good
also i wanted to say that since this is a single song, you're not in the mood that the whole album (should) create, so of course you don't like it as much as the others that have a context and more meaning

Digging: Miss Fame - Beauty Marked

North0House2
March 21st 2014
5920 Comments


This is pretty rad.

Digging: Jon Foreman - Fall and Winter

Amphoteric
March 21st 2014
2014 Comments


You didn't feel anything listening to Falling Snow Pleb?

Wizard
March 21st 2014
19881 Comments


Dudes, he changed his name to BigPleb for a reason......hint hint!

Kusangii
March 22nd 2014
521 Comments


Fucking snooze

Confucius
March 22nd 2014
331 Comments


Sounds more like their first albums which is a good thing (even though I actually like Marrow more than most people). 3.5 material so far.

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2014
16230 Comments


Not bad. Not sure I could sit through 60+ minutes of this, though.

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2014
16230 Comments


Not bad. Not sure I could sit through 60+ minutes of this, though.

ShrillYell
March 22nd 2014
266 Comments


this song is pretty boring. I don't know if this band can ever really capture my interest, they always feel flat for some reason.

Asdfp277
March 22nd 2014
1934 Comments


you guys are ugh!

DarkNoctus
April 2nd 2014
9200 Comments


this track is still boring the shit out of me

pretty worried about this album

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014
16770 Comments


just watch i'll end up loving it and you'll 2.5

DarkNoctus
April 2nd 2014
9200 Comments


]:

Wizard
April 3rd 2014
19881 Comments


Track is awesome Dark, what's not to like? Does it follow the same old Agalloch formula too closely?

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2014
19648 Comments


ill probably listen once, have no opinion, and then never listen again

DarkNoctus
April 4th 2014
9200 Comments


nothing about it sticks out to me at all, i mean it's okay but i don't see it as anything more than that

someguest
April 4th 2014
23622 Comments


nothing about it sticks out to me at all


it's a song, not a knob



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