Agalloch Premier New Track

2014-03-18 by hyperion STAFF | 168 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
19523 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: Philip Glass - Music in Twelve Parts

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19523 Comments


damn guys this is really good

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6129 Comments


so excited! sounds good a couple minutes in

emester
March 18th 2014
5312 Comments


HYPE TRAIN AT MAX SPEED

Digging: Thou / The Body - You, Whom I Have Always Hated

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


Cool cover art too

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2014
20447 Comments


Wow this day just got a whole lot better

Digging: Downfall of Nur - Umbras de Barbagia

Shogun
March 18th 2014
427 Comments


I really like it, improves on repeated listen.

Digging: Millencolin - True Brew

SCREAM!
March 18th 2014
10789 Comments


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

Apollo
March 18th 2014
10382 Comments


This is awesome!

Apollo
March 18th 2014
10382 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
144 Comments


I'm liking this.

Gwyn.
March 18th 2014
15568 Comments


never really listened to this band

Liking this song well enough though

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6129 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
10789 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
40265 Comments


Damn, great song title for sure.

osmark86
March 18th 2014
4593 Comments


aight, gonna check this out.

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
5286 Comments


Should be interesting.

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6129 Comments


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

Balerion
March 18th 2014
733 Comments


Where's noctus

ti0n
March 18th 2014
1657 Comments


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

Digging: Mikal Cronin - MCIII

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 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
20447 Comments


"alternate link for nigs having trouble with bitchfork:"

i love you.



pedro70512
March 18th 2014
4115 Comments


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

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19523 Comments


It wasn't as dynamic


!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 Comments


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

RangerTaffles
March 18th 2014
268 Comments


Fucking rules. Immensely pumped.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 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
6129 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
4115 Comments


"nah bro its just better production"

that's entirely possible.

MO
March 18th 2014
19508 Comments


awesome

Pankar95
March 18th 2014
147 Comments


bretty good

EyesWideShut
March 18th 2014
3282 Comments


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

Scoot
March 18th 2014
18086 Comments


nothing they haven't done before

having said that it obviously rules

Artuma
March 18th 2014
18406 Comments


fjhfkfrjkkkknhfdehyeerhhr gotta listen hard

Digging: Moss Icon - It Disappears

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 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
6129 Comments


where'd you see that crysis

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 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
6129 Comments


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

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1257 Comments


was expecting crysis to hate this
















was surprised

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 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
1257 Comments


on a whim

climactic
March 18th 2014
20361 Comments


its ok

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6129 Comments


damn where are the people that actually liked marrow?

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1257 Comments


all dead, crysis killed them

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 Comments


noctus will be here soon enough!

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1257 Comments


with or without his head?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 Comments


[:

:]

ResidentNihilist
March 18th 2014
1257 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
6129 Comments


whoaaaaa slow down

pedro70512
March 18th 2014
4115 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
5286 Comments


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

Wadlez
March 18th 2014
4808 Comments


They rule, there ya go.

Emyay
March 18th 2014
6129 Comments


listen to ashes some more

SnakeDelilah
March 18th 2014
10852 Comments


Awesome song, my body is definitely ready.

Digging: Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

laughingman22
March 18th 2014
2100 Comments


neat

Digging: Of Montreal - Snare Lustrous Doomings

Gmork89
March 18th 2014
5729 Comments


Yes this is great.

Yazz_Flute
March 18th 2014
18913 Comments


Reminds me considerably of Pale Folklore.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19523 Comments


agreed

laughingman22
March 18th 2014
2100 Comments


amazing song

Amebix
March 18th 2014
240 Comments


fucking amazing

Ryus
March 18th 2014
7800 Comments


omg made my day

Digging: Joe Henderson - Inner Urge

SharkTooth
March 18th 2014
8462 Comments


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

Ryus
March 18th 2014
7800 Comments


lol leave sput

RoyalImperialGuard
March 18th 2014
1569 Comments


3.4/5

forkliftjones
March 18th 2014
488 Comments


it was good

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 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
20447 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
16746 Comments


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

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
19523 Comments


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

Tyrael
March 18th 2014
20988 Comments


Marrow rules stop being wrong Crysis

[:

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 Comments


What did you think of this track?

BigPleb
March 18th 2014
40265 Comments


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

DarkNoctus
March 18th 2014
9085 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: Virgin Black - Requiem - Mezzo Forte

Tyrael
March 18th 2014
20988 Comments


Track is really solid, good stuff

DarkNoctus
March 18th 2014
9085 Comments


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

ti0n
March 18th 2014
1657 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
2103 Comments


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

Digging: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16746 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
9085 Comments


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

Wizard
March 18th 2014
19825 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.


Digging: Prurient - Through the Window

Keyblade
March 18th 2014
16036 Comments


Holy fuck, I'm loving this

Wizard
March 18th 2014
19825 Comments


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

Keyblade
March 18th 2014
16036 Comments


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

zaruyache
March 18th 2014
8403 Comments


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

Digging: Goolagoon - Patrickviolence Demo

InFiction
March 18th 2014
3742 Comments


Reminds me of Pale Folklore, which is awesome.

Keyblade
March 18th 2014
16036 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
6849 Comments


Goddamn. Agalloch simpy can't do wrong.

Digging: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'

R6Rider
March 18th 2014
4863 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: This Gift Is A Curse - I, Gvilt Bearer

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


I've listened to this 6 times already..

DarkNoctus
March 18th 2014
9085 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
19825 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
5108 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: Mew - -

ThomasTheCure
March 18th 2014
313 Comments


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

Digging: Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Amphoteric
March 18th 2014
2014 Comments


The entire song is the payoff.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2014
16097 Comments


Pretty cool but I hope the other songs are better

Digging: Peste Noire - Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor

DominionMM1
March 18th 2014
10832 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
5565 Comments


Agalloch V: Le Jerkening

Digging: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

someguest
March 19th 2014
22516 Comments


This track is definitely a throwback to Pale Folklore.

Brilliant.

AdolfChrist
March 19th 2014
1877 Comments


its agalloch so yeah, it ruled.

Wizard
March 19th 2014
19825 Comments


Wizard unpredictable as usual

But I've always loved everything they do.

AdolfChrist
March 19th 2014
1877 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
9085 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
9085 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
10789 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
6129 Comments


dumb noctus

DarkNoctus
March 19th 2014
9085 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
19523 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?

Eunuch
March 19th 2014
1659 Comments


It may sound like Pale Folklore but PF is way better than this so... not that hype.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
19523 Comments


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

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
16746 Comments


The Astral Dialogue is a sick name though

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
19523 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
16746 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
16746 Comments


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

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2014
19523 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
16746 Comments


omg 5/5

DarkNoctus
March 19th 2014
9085 Comments


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

KILL
March 19th 2014
73287 Comments


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

Digging: Sandrose - Sandrose

fromtheinside
March 19th 2014
19702 Comments


need to hear this immediately

Scoot
March 19th 2014
18086 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
780 Comments


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

titanslayer
March 20th 2014
2270 Comments


This is pretty damn good

Wizard
March 21st 2014
19825 Comments


i usually find agalloch's adolescent pretentiousness kind of charming

BINGO! Couldn't have said it better myself.

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
40265 Comments


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

Artuma
March 21st 2014
18406 Comments


how dare u

Keyblade
March 21st 2014
16036 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
40265 Comments


Just find them musically uninteresting Artuma, sorry!

Artuma
March 21st 2014
18406 Comments


bro do you even mantle??

Artuma
March 21st 2014
18406 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
40265 Comments


Checked Pale Folklore and Ashes and both bored me.

Keyblade
March 21st 2014
16036 Comments


Smh Pleb those are their best 2

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
40265 Comments


Damn, disappointing stuff.

baldymort
March 21st 2014
791 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
6129 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
40265 Comments


Eh can hardly remember so I guess not.

climactic
March 21st 2014
20361 Comments


yes pleb yes

BigPleb
March 21st 2014
40265 Comments


Knew I wasn't alone.

Emyay
March 21st 2014
6129 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
31310 Comments


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

Underflow
March 21st 2014
3191 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
31310 Comments


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

Asdfp277
March 21st 2014
1737 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: Ases Falsos - Conduccion

North0House2
March 21st 2014
5908 Comments


This is pretty rad.

Digging: Scott Walker - Tilt

Amphoteric
March 21st 2014
2014 Comments


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

Wizard
March 21st 2014
19825 Comments


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

Kusangii
March 22nd 2014
467 Comments


Fucking snooze

Confucius
March 22nd 2014
306 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
16194 Comments


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

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2014
16194 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
1737 Comments


you guys are ugh!

DarkNoctus
April 2nd 2014
9085 Comments


this track is still boring the shit out of me

pretty worried about this album

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2014
16746 Comments


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

DarkNoctus
April 2nd 2014
9085 Comments


]:

Wizard
April 3rd 2014
19825 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
19523 Comments


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

DarkNoctus
April 4th 2014
9085 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
22516 Comments


nothing about it sticks out to me at all


it's a song, not a knob



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