Agalloch
Tomorrow Will Never Come


4.0
excellent

Review

by AA-12 USER (2 Reviews)
December 7th, 2007 | 14 replies | 7,131 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid EP showcasing a different side of Agalloch.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

If you're a fan of metal, you've probably discovered the genre bending band Agalloch. This four man atmospheric metal group from Portland, Oregon has made a strong statement in each genre they've covered, whether it be black metal, folk, or even post-rock. The main aspect that sets Agalloch apart from other similar bands is the way they convey their message. They put forth a very dark and bleak atmosphere without clinging to genre cliches. The follow up EP to The Mantle, Tomorrow Will Never Come, further exemplifies this statement.

The EP opens with The Death of man (Version III), essentially a "new" version of A Celebration For The Death Of Man off of The Mantle. I say "new" because in reality it's the same song but with different production and minor changes in the composition. It starts out as completely instrumental track with nothing but acoustic guitars and a drum that accentuates the rhythm. It builds upon a basic sound and melody until around half way through, the Agalloch trademark of distorted guitars come in as a thick backing to the main melody. This is the high point of the song like most of Agalloch's material. The melding of the acoustic and distorted sound is very well done, and quite trance inducing. The downfall of all of this though is that the song never truly delivers a climax after the buildup. Overall it's a worthy change from the original A Celebration For The Death Of Man, but is far from a must
hear track.

On the second half of the EP, we have a song with a much better payoff. The title track of the EP Tomorrow Will Never Come is arguably one of the best songs Agalloch has produced. On a personal level, it pulled me in
more than most music ever will. Similar to the first track, it's based around a basic clean guitar melody. This time around though, the music is much more melancholic. It may start out on a bright note with upbeat almost folk-like
guitars, but around a minute into the song it takes a sudden turn. The focus shifts to a sound clip picked out by Agalloch guitarist Don Anderson about the mentally ill. The clip deals with a schizophrenic man talking to his
father about what seems to be dealing with his life and their relationship. As the intensity of the clips grows, so does the music. The details may be blurry, but the effect the clip adds to the song is very strong no matter how you look at it. It sets the tone for a very unsettling four and a half minutes, and closes the EP in the strongest way possible.

Tomorrow Will Never Come may be quite unaccessible to most, and uninteresting to many, but it's an EP I would suggest to anyone looking for something new. Even if the first track is lackluster, the second track has enough strength to pull it's own weight and is worth the price entirely.


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rasputin
December 7th 2007



14516 Comments


Ahh, I had written about two paragraphs in a review for this, but you beat me to it. Good review, but the EP is probably only for people who need to get everything Agalloch has ever made.

AA-12
December 7th 2007



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. For a first review i'm fairly confident I captured the strong and weak points of the album. You're right about the last part. It's mainly for die hard fans.

rasputin
December 7th 2007



14516 Comments


Yeah, it's a good first review.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2007



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I need to get my hands on this. I hate how Agalloch release only like 250 of their EP's.

gmoneyguy
December 7th 2007



108 Comments


Nice review, I have yet to get a hold of this EP though. :/

i am the robots
December 7th 2007



1027 Comments


I'll agree with Josh, it's real good.

Kage
December 8th 2007



1173 Comments


The paragraph about the title track convinced me; I had to get this.


I'm putting it on now.

AA-12
December 8th 2007



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a really great track. When I first payed attention to the clip it really moved me. I'm still looking for a .mp3 of just it alone, but I doubt it's out there.

rasputin
December 8th 2007



14516 Comments


There are .mp3s out there, I first heard this as an mp3 anyway. Just give some torrents sites a search for discographys, they'd have the EP in there.This Message Edited On 12.08.07

AA-12
December 8th 2007



35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I mean the clip about schizophrenia, not the song :p

rasputin
December 8th 2007



14516 Comments


my bad, my bad

Crimson
December 8th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a really great ep, disturbing, but great.

Fosster3567
December 8th 2007



76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The voice clip is kind of disturbing/sad. This EP is pretty good, though it's pretty much one song because The Death of Man is kind of the same thing. Good original song though.

Wizard
December 8th 2007



19215 Comments


Excellent first review. Well written and easy to read, no criticism here! I don't think I will be finding this anytime soon, but I will listen to it if I come across it online.

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