woah, okay. totally different than what i expected - perhaps better. i don't think agalloch will ever fail me, thank goodness. i was nervous about this ep but it's proven to me that the nervousness was all for nothing. the track flows better than just about anything else they've put out, constantly going in different directions, meandering (but in a good way) yet progressing at the same time. the production and instrumentation is a lot tighter than marrow. they do the theme justice - incredibly impressed. :]
Faustian Echoes is more like an experiment for Agalloch than anything else, an experiment in story telling. Here they seek to fully embody the tail of Faust's deal with Lucifer with their post tinged black metal sound. Because of Agalloch trying to capture the dark and unsettling nature of the story, Faustian Echoes is considerably darker and heavier than most of their out put, once again truly showing how varied Agalloch can be. While you can't really compare it to any of their full lengths, Faustian Echoes shows Agalloch taking a break from their usual sound to craft a successfull and thought provoking EP.