New Agalloch Album Streaming
2014-05-05 by DarkNoctus CONTRIBUTOR | 83 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

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2014

8742 Comments


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

Amphoteric
May 4th 2014

1437 Comments


Loving Walton's bass work on this so far.

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oltnabrick
May 4th 2014

30121 Comments


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


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Futures
May 4th 2014

7820 Comments


fuck yes

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Eunuch
May 5th 2014

1230 Comments


so it begins

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014

17197 Comments


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

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

7021 Comments


this was a fucking bore

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Nomos
May 5th 2014

808 Comments


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

laughingman22
May 5th 2014

1354 Comments


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

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

8742 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

1354 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

19450 Comments


Stoked

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N2B3J
May 5th 2014

36 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

62 Comments


so boring.

Scoot
May 5th 2014

17681 Comments


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

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

4780 Comments


Aww fucking sweet. Will check this out tomorrow.

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Eunuch
May 5th 2014

1230 Comments


abandon ship. all hope is lost. they can't even write their own acoustic parts anymore.

LilLioness
May 5th 2014

2496 Comments


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

pedro70512
May 5th 2014

2413 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.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

23798 Comments


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

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

7970 Comments


zzzz

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

7021 Comments


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

TheSpaceMan
May 5th 2014

2210 Comments


this is pretty sweet so far

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

13488 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

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

23798 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

159 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

13488 Comments


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

Uranium
May 5th 2014

7050 Comments


ok cool m/

TheSpaceMan
May 5th 2014

2210 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

119 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

964 Comments


holy shit when did this happen

climactic
May 5th 2014

18339 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

13488 Comments


fuk u

climactic
May 5th 2014

18339 Comments


oh jac

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

13488 Comments


< 3

Muisc4Life26
May 5th 2014

2487 Comments


This made my night

someguest
May 5th 2014

20285 Comments


you are all diseased

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Tyrael
May 5th 2014

20737 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

13488 Comments


Up and at them!

Evreaia
May 5th 2014

3953 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.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014

16258 Comments


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

Ecnalzen
May 5th 2014

6398 Comments


Sweet.

Always up for some more Agalloch.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014

16258 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

19210 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.

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ti0n
May 5th 2014

1376 Comments


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

Emyay
May 5th 2014

5781 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

454 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

921 Comments


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

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emester
May 5th 2014

2009 Comments


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

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

15789 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.

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emester
May 5th 2014

2009 Comments


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

RivalSkoomaDealer
May 5th 2014

668 Comments


Still better than the newest Cynic album.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014

15789 Comments


starts off a bit dull but quite enjoyed it further in

zxlkho
May 5th 2014

3460 Comments


Album is fucking awesome, as expected.

fromtheinside
May 5th 2014

17714 Comments


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

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emester
May 5th 2014

2009 Comments


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

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014

18019 Comments


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

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ExplosiveOranges
May 5th 2014

1388 Comments


YEEEEESSSSSSS

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ShrillYell
May 5th 2014

181 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

17714 Comments


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

subtle

oltnabrick
May 5th 2014

30121 Comments


really mean soundoff about me


not sure how i feel

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014

18019 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

16258 Comments


disagree with pretty much every single point you just made

Asdfp277
May 5th 2014

964 Comments


on first listen, so do i


























lol

ShadowRemains
May 5th 2014

20232 Comments


rofl

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014

18019 Comments


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

Uranium
May 5th 2014

7050 Comments


thread brings the hate

Makemebad35
May 5th 2014

737 Comments


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

Decapod
May 5th 2014

1006 Comments


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

AdolfChrist
May 5th 2014

1716 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

1716 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

5812 Comments


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

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AdolfChrist
May 6th 2014

1716 Comments


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

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2014

23798 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

119 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

2880 Comments


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

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Wizard
May 7th 2014

19210 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

1716 Comments


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

Wizard
May 8th 2014

19210 Comments


That stream they have up is awful too.

Emyay
May 8th 2014

5781 Comments


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



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