Gallowbraid
Ashen Eidolon


3.5
great

Review

by laughriot USER (1 Reviews)
September 28th, 2011 | 8 replies | 3,012 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Because trees don't gots no good metals to listens to.

"Bands that sound like Agalloch" is kinda like the new "bands that sound like Tool" message board posting, and luckily nobody is going to name Chevelle in response.

The comparison isn't unfair. The cover of Gallowbraid's "Ashen Eidolon" is enough to make the case that this is a nature metal release--or a Justin Vernon side project. But so what? Agalloch is a pretty phenomenal band.

The only question remaining then is what Gallowbraid is going to become. Ashen Eidolon is the work of one Jake Rogers, who is clearly invested in the folk metal aesthetic, so much so that he felt the need to rename "Oak Halls of Sorrow" to "Oak & Aspen" for a more naturalistic feel--or to differentiate between "Hallways of Enchanted Ebony?"--between various releases of this bedroom gem.

It happens. Early Pink Floyd live staples that eventually became "Dogs" appeared with names like "You Gotta Be Crazy." The sentiment is formed, but the fine-tuning can lead to a slightly different tone over time. This is Gallowbraid's first release of any sort, and he's just one guy, so a certain amount of second-guessing is surely understandable.

But Rogers need not be self-conscious about Ashen Eidolon, for it be a fine folk metal addition, akin to, well, Agalloch, or In the Woods... "Heart of the Ages." The clean vocals especially remind of In the Woods..., with the near-baritone Rogers bellowing "my journey through these wild landscapes is all that I have left."

Vocals aside, however, Gallowbraid is an artist with a keen ear for melody. Both the title track and "Oak & Aspen" are infused with subtle guitar riffs underneath the fuzzy rhythm section, hooking us in without doing so quite as overtly as the hugest Agalloch solos.

"Autumn I & II" provide cutesy Anglican folk interludes that create some breathing room as well, much like "Pigs on the Wing 1 & 2" did for the aforementioned Floyd.

With a little more time to soak in the peaty backwoods Agalloch bog that Rogers apparently worships, I would fully expect that a follow-up release will carve out a separate and distinct niche for this talented solo musician.


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DarkNoctus CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
A surprisingly fresh EP, despite essentially being an Agalloch clone....


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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2011



8741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

okay review, might want to merge some of your paragraphs. it's a bit short though. :]

terminusest
September 28th 2011



96 Comments


i liked this a lot the first few times i heard it but after a few spins it became kind of old. the production is a bit shitty and the riffs get a bit overplayed. for all the agalloch wannabes out there, i wouldn't put this one in the upper echelon just yet. i am excited to hear more from the band however.

btw, i wouldn't just compare this to agalloch. i hear some appalachain winter in there too.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2011



8741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah the production sounds really compressed, doesn't do the nature themes any justice at all.

foxblood
September 28th 2011



6797 Comments


summary made me lol. i'm always down with a band that sounds like agalloch and makes songs for trees, will listen

Thanntos
September 28th 2011



312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TBH, this doesn't sound as much like Agalloch as people make it out to be. You could say that about any Atmospheric BM band these days and it still doesn't mean much. Bands like 'The Morningside' and 'Falls of Rouros' have been sounding that way for years, but to reaffirm my case, neither sound like Agalloch clones as much as the next. Similar elements? Sure. But 'clone' as in 'stealing personality traits' from the music Agalloch plays? Not quite. Just need to listen more closely I suppose.

(Same can be said about 'Insomnium' and their clone bands that have flooded the MDM genre in recent years.)

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2011



8741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh come now, this is a complete agalloch clone in both aesthetic and execution. doesn't make it any worse.

Thanntos
September 29th 2011



312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just my opinion bro. I guess I don't look at bands from an 'influential' standpoint, but rather giving each band a fair shot without any comparison to draw it back.

Maybe that's actually how you perceive the album as well, but you do mention Agalloch like a bajillion times, so I was assuming you were lowering the albums value because of the similarities, that's all

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2011



8741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well agalloch is my favorite band so any music like it is welcome provided it's not a direct rip that waters it down, this doesn't, it just uses their aesthetic and songwriting style which I can deal with. :]



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