New Agalloch Album Streaming

2014-05-05 by DarkNoctus | 80 Comments
NPR are now streaming the Portland, Oregon metal band Agalloch's fifth album in its entirety, titled The Serpent and The Sphere.

The Serpent and The Sphere is their fifth album since the release of Pale Folklore in 1999 and is their second release on the US label Profound Lore Records. It is set to be released on May 13th.

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/04/308273140/first-listen-agalloch-the-serpent-the-sphere

Tagged: Agalloch

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DarkNoctus
May 4th 2014
9104 Comments


just waiting for everyone to disagree with me that it's very disappointing

Amphoteric
May 4th 2014
2014 Comments


Loving Walton's bass work on this so far.

oltnabrick
May 4th 2014
32899 Comments


One of metals finest moments by one of metals finer acts.


Digging: Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls

Athom
Emeritus
May 5th 2014
17240 Comments


One incredible record and a bunch of overrated shit. I can't wait to see the userbase splooge over this thing.

Lucid
May 5th 2014
7026 Comments


this was a fucking bore

Nomos
May 5th 2014
897 Comments


I used to love them but now I'm not so sure why

laughingman22
May 5th 2014
2124 Comments


guess one person says its dissipointing and we all jump on the banwagon, diggin it so far

Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

DarkNoctus
May 5th 2014
9104 Comments


that really isn't very different from the 'it's amazing' bandwagon, and people were saying it was amazing before i uttered a word about it

laughingman22
May 5th 2014
2124 Comments


just strange to see so many 2's for a such a highly praised band, don't think the quality has dropped that much (or at all) for this release

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
20467 Comments


Stoked

Digging: The Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird Is Home

N2B3J
May 5th 2014
42 Comments


Album's a solid 3.5 or a 4. I enjoyed it, but not as much as their past works.

OvDeath
May 5th 2014
2532 Comments


so boring.

Scoot
May 5th 2014
18107 Comments


album is still solid but they're definitely past their prime

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
6902 Comments


Aww fucking sweet. Will check this out tomorrow.

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

LilLioness
May 5th 2014
2897 Comments


Never listened to a full Agalloch record before. I guess I can try now.

pedro70512
May 5th 2014
4145 Comments


This is gonna take a lot of listens to figure out. I enjoyed most of it, but the vocal production was weird. Levels kept changing. Dekker's performance impressed me.

Digging: Forest - Like a Blaze Above the Ashes

Aids
May 5th 2014
24181 Comments


I'm honestly surprised this got a story before the Swans stream.

Digging: The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ

Curse.
May 5th 2014
8037 Comments


zzzz

Lucid
May 5th 2014
7026 Comments


everyone's heard the swans leak by now, this didn't leak before the stream

TheSpaceMan
May 5th 2014
3289 Comments


this is pretty sweet so far

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16133 Comments


Production sounds really really flat, hope it's just the stream but I fear not.

Will obviously give it multiple listens before passing judgement but it seems I'm surrounded by Hawkses

Digging: Peste Noire - Ballade cuntre lo Anemi francor

Aids
May 5th 2014
24181 Comments


I'm sure there are plenty of people that somehow avoided the 96 kbps leak of a frigging Swans album

BigSimo
May 5th 2014
175 Comments


good so far, though yeah the way the levels go up and down rapidly or w/e is really annoying

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16133 Comments


I have purposely avoided listening to that rip and I'm waiting for the legit release so yeah

Uranium
May 5th 2014
7383 Comments


ok cool m/

TheSpaceMan
May 5th 2014
3289 Comments


pretty decent so far but I don't see this as a grower, some parts (especially some of the more basic riffs played over the even more basic double bass) are irking me too much... Agalloch shouldn't rely on post-rock vibes to carry their metal

Catatonic
May 5th 2014
150 Comments


Some really brief but brilliant moments scattered around a really boring album. I'll let it sink in over a few listens but I'm not feeling it overall.

Asdfp277
May 5th 2014
1766 Comments


holy shit when did this happen

Digging: Ases Falsos - Conduccion

climactic
May 5th 2014
20365 Comments


Some really brief but brilliant moments scattered around a really boring album

nice review for every agalloch album

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16133 Comments


fuk u

climactic
May 5th 2014
20365 Comments


oh jac

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16133 Comments


< 3

Muisc4Life26
May 5th 2014
3126 Comments


This made my night

someguest
May 5th 2014
22603 Comments


you are all diseased

Tyrael
May 5th 2014
20988 Comments


rules

noctus is just being a negative nancy yet again

also lol adam your opinion doesnt count any more because you decided to change your username to what is objectively the worst name I have ever seen

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16133 Comments


Up and at them!

Evreaia
May 5th 2014
4190 Comments


better than Marrow and Faustian echoes, that's for sure.

Not as good as pale folklore/the mantle, but personally so far its up to par with ashes.

Digging: Bill Laswell, David Chaim Smith and John Zorn - The Dream Membrane

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16754 Comments


aaaaaaaaaaaaand naturally i have to work today so this will have to wait until later

Ecnalzen
May 5th 2014
6912 Comments


Sweet.

Always up for some more Agalloch.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16754 Comments


Managed to sneak in the first three tracks before leaving for work. The first 2 tracks had a combined 2 minutes of interesting material out of an available 15. "The Astral Dialogue" rips though, good track.

Wizard
May 5th 2014
19825 Comments


Managed to listen to this between 5-6 am this morning when it first leaked (now I'm at work hahaha) and I don't know what to say about it.

Digging: Prurient - Through the Window

ti0n
May 5th 2014
1663 Comments


far from disappointing thats for sure. just sputshitters love to hype/antihype.

Digging: Mikal Cronin - MCIII

Emyay
May 5th 2014
6140 Comments


listening now. probably won't see an opinion from me for a while. one of my fave bands, so i'm not gonna knee jerk it

SAPoodle
May 5th 2014
538 Comments


Yeah, I've had this for a while and I can agree that it isn't very good. First four songs have their moments (Astral Dialogue especially) and the interludes are sweet but everything else is just so painfully average.

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 5th 2014
1905 Comments


Astral Dialogue is nice...I'll check the rest of the album later

Digging: Valley of the Sun - The Sayings of the Seers

emester
May 5th 2014
5385 Comments


Just feels like another marrow. Barely pushes a 3.5 for me. what a bummer...

Digging: Hypocrite - Into the Halls of the Blind

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16387 Comments


"The first 2 tracks had a combined 2 minutes of interesting material out of an available 15."

Thats how it sounded to me too, ideas spread really thin. Got to give the whole thing a few plays though before deciding.

emester
May 5th 2014
5385 Comments


really is quite a shame this turned out the way it is...

RivalSkoomaDealer
May 5th 2014
1235 Comments


Still better than the newest Cynic album.

Digging: Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16387 Comments


starts off a bit dull but quite enjoyed it further in

zxlkho
May 5th 2014
3482 Comments


Album is fucking awesome, as expected.

fromtheinside
May 5th 2014
19776 Comments


damn these reactions are worrying. although everyone said the same about Marrow at first and I ended up loving that so...........

emester
May 5th 2014
5385 Comments


don't worry its good. just nowhere near as amazing as their first 3 albums

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014
19561 Comments


of all the opinions i see none of them should really bother you

Digging: Philip Glass - Music in Twelve Parts

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
4226 Comments


YEEEEESSSSSSS

Digging: Kamelot - Haven

ShrillYell
May 5th 2014
266 Comments


not bad, it's just lacking anything exciting about it.

Amebix
May 5th 2014
240 Comments


very good album, a solid 4 after 1st listen!

fromtheinside
May 5th 2014
19776 Comments


"of all the opinions i see none of them should really bother you"

subtle

oltnabrick
May 5th 2014
32899 Comments


really mean soundoff about me


not sure how i feel

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014
19561 Comments


be positive

Amebix
May 5th 2014
240 Comments


...on 3rd spin and having goosebumps, fucking glorious album, might be Agallochs Magnum Opus. Definitely their most diverse album, the musicianship was never better and it has a great production.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16754 Comments


disagree with pretty much every single point you just made

Asdfp277
May 5th 2014
1766 Comments


on first listen, so do i


























lol

ShadowRemains
May 5th 2014
22168 Comments


rofl

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014
19561 Comments


wow 1 hour do i really want to devote time to this hmm this is a tough one

Uranium
May 5th 2014
7383 Comments


thread brings the hate

Makemebad35
May 5th 2014
782 Comments


Wasn't feeling the last one so much, I guess we shall see how this one is.

Decapod
May 5th 2014
1023 Comments


Album is fucking monolithic in scope! I agree that it is definitely Agalloch's magnum opus.

Digging: Prurient - Frozen Niagra Falls

AdolfChrist
May 5th 2014
1881 Comments


went to go stream the new Agalloch album and then found out through an ad that a new Wye Oak album is
out. didnt even know they were releasing another one. great fuckin day.

AdolfChrist
May 5th 2014
1881 Comments


im kind of just sampling it right now cause i dont have time to listen to the whole thing, but so far
im underwhelmed...maybe itll be better when i take the time to listen to the whole thing front to
back. i really hope so, Agalloch have never failed me before. one complaint i have is the kick drum,
its more clicky than it has been on their past records.

North0House2
May 6th 2014
5909 Comments


I almost feel like I grew out of Agalloch...? Is that possible?

Digging: Scott Walker - Tilt

AdolfChrist
May 6th 2014
1881 Comments


it shouldnt be, i still love all their other albums.

Aids
May 6th 2014
24181 Comments


"also lol adam your opinion doesnt count any more because you decided to change your username to what is objectively the worst name I have ever seen"

it's his first initial and a bit of his last name... you need to calm down man you're like me 2 years ago

Nocturnal
May 6th 2014
1329 Comments


I wanna know what snide thinks before I give this a romp.

Catatonic
May 6th 2014
150 Comments


So, I listened to this 3 times yesterday through headphones, and completely reversed my opinion from the initial listen. This is a lot more sophisticated than I initially took it to be, and has a lot more subtlety than their previous work. I think I initially just wanted all of the melody from Ashes which is why I was disappointed with Marrow. I still don't really care that much for Marrow, I consider this to be a vast improvement. The album as a whole is better, even if it lacks the catchiness of some of their early works.

beefshoes
May 6th 2014
5151 Comments


Solid 4. This is just as good if not better than their last album.

Digging: Mew - -

Wizard
May 7th 2014
19825 Comments


Just got my copy in the mail and so far, the production sounds better than the shitty rip that's floating around.

AdolfChrist
May 8th 2014
1881 Comments


which is why i wait for an actual CD rip, fuck downloading a stream rip.

Wizard
May 8th 2014
19825 Comments


That stream they have up is awful too.

Emyay
May 8th 2014
6140 Comments


yeah the stream is really bad. i actually thought the rip was better



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