New Pillorian (ex-Agalloch) Track

2017-01-10 by DungeonBoy | 92 Comments
Pillorian (ex-Agalloch) are currently streaming "A Stygian Pyre" from their upcoming 2017 release, Obsidian Arc.

Stream the track over at Stereogum:

http://www.stereogum.com/1919046/pillorian-a-stygian-pyre/premiere/

Tagged: Pillorian

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DungeonBoy
January 10th 2017
2549 Comments


And... it rules. It's interesting and refreshing to hear John playing along with a fully competent metal drummer. I love Aesop, and he did have some creative drumming moments with Agalloch, but I really wouldn't consider him great.

I'm enjoying this more than anything on Serpent personally. To me it's the sound I'd expect from them if they continued experimenting with the Faustian Echoes direction. The last minute of this track is fantastic.

Digging: Isenordal - Shores of Mourning

SgtShock
January 10th 2017
629 Comments


Well, that was fun.

Deschutes
January 10th 2017
337 Comments


Even better than I thought it would be

AdolfChrist
January 10th 2017
9932 Comments


damn, im actually a little disappointed. pretty standard black metal.

Digging: Little Big League - These Are Good People

smaugman
January 10th 2017
4086 Comments


a lot more metally than agalloch innit

Gmork89
January 10th 2017
7079 Comments


Man the first few minutes of this give me Dissection/Enslaved vibes, this is sweet.

Digging: Heretoir - The Circle

bloc
January 10th 2017
40772 Comments


Good song

Maco097
January 10th 2017
2200 Comments


Great song.

Evreaia
January 10th 2017
4812 Comments


A LOT heavier than I expected.

But damn how good is this! Liking the production too!

MO
January 10th 2017
21591 Comments


yea good shit

AdolfChrist
January 10th 2017
9932 Comments


surprised about the warm reaction this is getting, it just sounds like a standard black metal song to me, nothing special about it.

Essence
January 10th 2017
5689 Comments


dungeonboy, listen to VHOL

i guarantee you Aesop is great, having seen him live

i think it's unfair to judge his drumming work based on a band that never called for technical drumming

Essence
January 10th 2017
5689 Comments


for the track: i can hear John's/Agalloch's sound all over this. it's pretty much the logical extension of Agalloch past Faustian mixed with modern sensibilities

StormChaser
January 10th 2017
498 Comments


wow that was nice

Evreaia
January 10th 2017
4812 Comments


@AdolfChrist

It flows well, the production is great, the vocals are great, the drumming is great and while not as original as Agalloch I don't think this is really standard.

It's just well executed, which is nice for a change.

Deschutes
January 10th 2017
337 Comments


The section that starts at 2:22 with the slower part at 2:45 that follows and that guitar solo at like 3:36, Haughm's trademark whispered vocal at like 4:20. The entire rest of the song after 2:22 definitely doesn't sound like standard Black Metal to me. I can actually hear quite a bit of Agalloch influence there.

AdolfChrist
January 10th 2017
9932 Comments


idk, i guess i was just expecting something a little more experimental and fleshed out, not something so straightforward.

Evreaia
January 10th 2017
4812 Comments


I'm pretty sure KhĂ´rada will fill that void when they start releasing their new material.



Gmork89
January 10th 2017
7079 Comments


I don't find this standard, but I agree with you a little bit Chris, that I expected a little more experimentation. It still pumped me for the full release though.


Deschutes
January 10th 2017
337 Comments


That little lead at like 4 minutes in makes me think of Marrow for whatever reason

Keyblade
January 10th 2017
24247 Comments


it was alright. ending was straight agalloch

Shadowmire
January 10th 2017
4186 Comments


great

Eakflanderyof
January 10th 2017
2287 Comments


"I love Aesop, and he did have some creative drumming moments with Agalloch, but I really wouldn't consider him great."

Dude was pretty shitty for being in a popular band and I don't feel bad saying that bc from what I've heard he's a complete diva/egotistical douchebag

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2017
9885 Comments


it's solid. I'm expecting the fact that it's only like 5 minutes to account for how straightforward and uninventive it is.

Keyblade
January 10th 2017
24247 Comments


who plays drums on ashes, cuz that guy is great. superb ear for production too

DungeonBoy
January 10th 2017
2549 Comments


@Essence, wow, yeah I've never checked Vhol before, but didn't expect that. I was also basing that statement off his loose playing on his Agalloch releases, including on The Silence of Forgotten Landscapes (live) and my own personal experiences seeing Agalloch live. The drumming on this Pillorian track is tighter than anything Aesop ever did with Agalloch IMO and was certainly a notable difference for me. Thanks for sharing Vhol, I'll have to dive more into that project.

Gmork89
January 10th 2017
7079 Comments


Drums on the first 3 Agalloch albums were John right?

FullOfSounds
January 10th 2017
14589 Comments


Excited to hear it

Digging: Sleep Station - After the War

AdolfChrist
January 10th 2017
9932 Comments


John drummed on the first two and only on two tracks for their third.

Keyblade
January 10th 2017
24247 Comments


drummer on ashes was Chris Greene apparently

Eakflanderyof
January 10th 2017
2287 Comments


Yeah, John drummed on not unlike the waves and falling snow. Forgot to say, this track rules way harder than the last two agalloch albums. Surprised at how different from agalloch it sounds

SacredSerenity
January 10th 2017
482 Comments


As expected it is Black Metal. Great Black Metal

smaugman
January 10th 2017
4086 Comments


ive only heard the mantle and ashes against the grain, but this is a huge leap away from those, even if 10 years has passed

bloc
January 10th 2017
40772 Comments


Btw am I the only one who initially read the title as "A Steaming Pile"

Essence
January 10th 2017
5689 Comments


yeah i mean my opinion on aesop aside, this is still a huge step up

and idk how people don't hear agalloch in this, it's super obvious for at least half the track

zaruyache
January 10th 2017
16627 Comments


definitely faster than Agalloch. That melodic riff in the second half sounds like something ripped from the Agalloch playbook, just played faster.

Digging: Teethgrinder - Nihilism

DarkNoctus
January 10th 2017
9879 Comments


it's okay i suppose

Dinosaur
January 10th 2017
700 Comments


That little lead at like 4 minutes in makes me think of Marrow for whatever reason

truth.

Digging: Eglise - The Past

MistaCrave
January 10th 2017
2235 Comments


Pretty solid track. I am beyond excited for the LP.

I hear so much potential in the second half of this song.

br4dl3yb34r
January 10th 2017
142 Comments


Loved it, especially the second half. Hoping the break up is the blessing in disguise I thought it could be.

MikeHunt
January 10th 2017
1155 Comments


Pleasantly surprised (not w the quality but the direction )

Ocean of Noise
January 10th 2017
8626 Comments


Feels like the logical continuation of the late Agalloch albums, honestly. Great stuff.

Digging: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F? A? ?

MistaCrave
January 10th 2017
2235 Comments


I'm not at all getting that vibe tbh. I hear a lot of Marrow, a little bit of Pale Folklore, and some new stuff that Agalloch never really explored

FullOfSounds
January 10th 2017
14589 Comments


Kinda lukewarm on it but it sounds good

Eakflanderyof
January 10th 2017
2287 Comments


I think I'm just happy that it doesn't sound like an uninspired continuation of late agalloch. And I thought it was pretty solid

porcupinetheater
January 10th 2017
2546 Comments


Track is fucking rad, good to see some quality to back up my hopes for the record

Crysis
Emeritus
January 10th 2017
17222 Comments


that was incredibly boring

swallowtales
January 10th 2017
459 Comments


this is sick

beefshoes
January 11th 2017
6755 Comments


The vocals are ridiculously good, and the song is great too (especially the second half).


OvDeath
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2017
2199 Comments


Sounds instantly better than anything Agalloch have ever done

OvDeath
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2017
2199 Comments


about time they grew some balls

blacklightjer
January 11th 2017
443 Comments


Sounds like more uninspired Agalloch.

OvDeath
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2017
2199 Comments


I'm actually really fucking digging this. It's like Agalloch if they cut out all the fat and shot straight to the point, metallic riffs juxtaposed against uplifting melodic segments that creates DYNAMIC FORCE

Deschutes
January 11th 2017
337 Comments


Seriously. The entire track after that riff that comes in at 2:22 is incredibly Agalloch, but without all the fluff. Really excited to hear the rest of the album.

Hawks
January 11th 2017
48470 Comments


When does the album actually come out?

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UndineParty
January 11th 2017
641 Comments


song is pretty okay



Deschutes
January 11th 2017
337 Comments


@Hawks March 10

smaugman
January 11th 2017
4086 Comments


it seems like you can get a copy already on the 10th of february from their bandcamp site

Deschutes
January 11th 2017
337 Comments


That's a 7" single of this track with an exclusive on the B side, not the full album

smaugman
January 11th 2017
4086 Comments


Pre-order of A Stygian Pyre. The moment the album is released you'll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
releases February 10, 2017

dont know if im just misunderstanding this

Deschutes
January 11th 2017
337 Comments


"Pre-Order of a Stygian Pyre"

Yeah, that's this track's name. The album title is Obsidian Arc.

Deschutes
January 11th 2017
337 Comments


By "the moment the album is released" they mean the moment the 7" that contains this track and the exclusive on the B side is released on the 10th of Feb, you can download them digitally. The rest of the album is released on the 10th of March

smaugman
January 11th 2017
4086 Comments


oh right now i see

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 11th 2017
6203 Comments


Second half of the track is pretty great

Digging: While She Sleeps - You Are We

SCREAM!
January 11th 2017
14234 Comments


Hmm solid track for sure but I also expected something a little more "out there". I figured John was leaving the band behind to pursue something more abstract rather than closer to straight BM.

Still though, track starts off a little underwhelming but gets a lot better as it progresses

Eakflanderyof
January 11th 2017
2287 Comments


Another side note about Aesop. One time when I saw them live the dude had a manic episode and kicked over a bunch of his drums and stormed off stage ending the set prematurely. Dude was cancer

bloc
January 11th 2017
40772 Comments


How can a drummer be so moody

Rendman
January 11th 2017
19 Comments


I quite like it.

Eakflanderyof
January 11th 2017
2287 Comments


"How can a drummer be so moody"

Idk maybe he was a junkie or something. Buddy of mine used to post on a message board that Aesop posted on and said he was a pretentious douche there too

Essence
January 11th 2017
5689 Comments


both times i saw aesop he was totally professional so idk

everyone has really shitty days. that doesn't excuse being a brat and messing up a show, but its hard to say what was going on with him that day

blacklightjer
January 11th 2017
443 Comments


I met Aesop. The only thing I really remember was his disgusting, plaque-filled, unbrushed teeth.

Eakflanderyof
January 11th 2017
2287 Comments


Lmao yeah when I saw him outside the venue that day I just thought he was a homeless dude and then someone told me that was their drummer. Idk maybe Aesop not a dick and maybe John is just a pain in the ass to work with which wouldn't surprise especially since he seems determined to play drums even though he sucks at it

Maco097
January 11th 2017
2200 Comments


From what I heard John lately has become a diva.

Essence
January 11th 2017
5689 Comments


Austin Lunn was saying that there was a LOT more drama behind the scenes than we saw concerning the agalloch breakup

it was apparently very, very messy

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2017
21532 Comments


more like pillowrian because that shit put me to sleep

SCREAM!
January 11th 2017
14234 Comments


"Austin Lunn was saying that there was a LOT more drama behind the scenes than we saw concerning the agalloch breakup

it was apparently very, very messy"


Considering how heartbreaking Don's statement was to read, I'm not surprised. That dude always gave off such a chill, down to earth vibe.

Gmork89
January 11th 2017
7079 Comments


His statement on the breakup is truly sad.


Don is really really cool, everyone that is an Agalloch fan should watch this talk he did, it's long but provides a ton of insight.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6DcENupuw

SCREAM!
January 11th 2017
14234 Comments


I second that link^^ Great talk

Crysis
Emeritus
January 11th 2017
17222 Comments


"From what I heard John lately has become a diva."

That's what happens when you lose all semblance of humbleness. The poor quality of Marrow and especially Serpent was basically a personification of John Haughm's inflated ego.

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 11th 2017
6203 Comments


Except that Marrow is a great album

Crysis
Emeritus
January 11th 2017
17222 Comments


i'm so sorry you think that

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 11th 2017
6203 Comments


[2]

emester
January 11th 2017
8080 Comments


I dont know how to feel.

Its solid, but it isnt what I expected or really wanted.

Digging: Ensnared - Dysangelium

zaruyache
January 11th 2017
16627 Comments


The poor quality of Marrow

DEFENESTRATION

Shadowmire
January 11th 2017
4186 Comments


lol what

Alastor
February 13th 2017
1657 Comments


new song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBYHAqYhT_s

AdolfChrist
February 13th 2017
9932 Comments


Marrow was awesome, just not as awesome as the previous 3.

zaruyache
February 13th 2017
16627 Comments


ashes/mantle > marrow > first one > any old folk metal band off the shelf > serpent

Essence
February 13th 2017
5689 Comments


marrow/ashes > the white > the mantle > pale > faustian > the rest

that new track is much more death metally than expected from Jon

SCREAM!
February 13th 2017
14234 Comments


Just get the album leak guyz

Evreaia
February 13th 2017
4812 Comments


guys you're all wrong, correct ranking is;

Pale >= Mantle > White > Ashes > Marrow > Serpent

Essence
February 13th 2017
5689 Comments


lol nah



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