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|0.0 ||zxlkho | May 5th 14|
if this album is boring, i want to be bored more often
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|5.0 classic||Idioteque | May 5th 14|
Best new Opeth album 5/5
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|0.0 ||out | May 4th 14|
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|2.0 poor||Lambda | May 6th 14|
The first, and hopefully only, big disappointment of 2014. The Serpent and the Sphere is a tedious and mostly uneventful listen whose moments of occasional excellence only serve to highlight how good the record could have been had the band not surrounded them with such boring ones. The album is confusing structurally, and the lack of clean vocals is disappointing, as it robs the record of much dynamic potential. I suppose the three dull instrumental guitar cuts were meant to appease this, but that's just it: they're dull. The production is subpar too: the exclusively harsh vocals are hard to decipher. An enormous letdown. 2.3
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|2.5 average||Curse. | May 5th 14|
I like their previous records (which I admittedly haven't revisited in years), but holy shit
this is a slog to sit through
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|0.0 ||Former Sputnik Music Enthusiast | May 14th 14|
if you think this is bad then honestly you have no business f-word-ing with Coldplay in the first damn place yknow?
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|4.0 excellent||Ryan Kroner | May 8th 14|
Well, I have no fucking clue what album you guys have been listening to.
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|5.0 classic||Amebix | May 5th 14|
This will be remembered as their Magnum Opus, in a few years this will be the reference for blackened folk metal. It is just too much to handle for the standard black metal jerks!
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|2.5 average||Dakota West Foss | May 5th 14|
Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills. Repetition kills.
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|3.0 good||Grayson Hale | May 5th 14|
This is Agalloch sounding like a watered down version of Agalloch. "The Astral Dialogue" is
pretty sweet and the opener is a nice return to their earlier doom influences but overall
this is just a chore to sit through. Vanilla as fuck.
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|2.0 poor||Adam Thomas EMERITUS | May 5th 14|
Never before has an Agalloch record sounded so Agallochy.
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|2.5 average||zaruyache | October 2nd 15|
This has everything an Agalloch album should have, organized like an Agalloch album should be, but it just doesn't work. For some reason it's like a mimic of the band, lacking the soul of the original. By all rights this should be another great Agalloch record but for some reason it just doesn't move me at all.
|3.0 good||Archibald C. Burke | February 14th 15|
This still has the Agalloch sound, but before reading the general consensus here, this one had all the tell-tale sounds of a band that simply has no new ground to tread. The Serpent and the Sphere isn't a bad album, and really shouldn't come off that way to fans of Agalloch; the real disappointment here lies in the redundant nature, that feeling that he band has hit a wall and maybe it's getting time to pack things up and call it a career. At this point, if Agalloch is going to put another album out, it'll be make or brake for the band, which is not a place I really imagined seeing this band in. A once refreshing sound has sadly become stale.
|4.0 excellent||ManintheBox | December 31st 14|
Serpent and the Sphere: I hate to say it, but Agalloch disappointed me with this release. A band that released such amazingly unique genre defining efforts such as ?Pale Folklore? and ??The Mantle? seemingly merely copies themselves on this release while not really treading any new ground. Still the fact that this so called disappointment is still in the top 20 on my year end list is a testament to just how good Agalloch are. Tracks like ?Dark Matter Gods? and ?Vales Beyond Dimension? are epic beyond compare while Plateau of Ages truly sends the album off in a post rock infused kind of style truly befitting of this band. So in the end is it a misstep for these black metal legends? Yes. But does Agalloch miss a beat in the process? I?d say no. Best Songs: Dark Matter Gods, Celestial Effigy, and Plateau of the Ages
|0.0 ||SowingSeason STAFF | August 25th 14|
It's different from what we're all used to hearing from Agalloch, but this is still a very well constructed black metal album with plenty of atmosphere to get lost in.
|4.0 excellent||Ben Kuettel CONTRIBUTOR | July 29th 14|
A departure from Marrow of the Spirit, Agalloch's compositions within The Serpent and the Sphere emphasize slow, brooding atmospheres that bring to mind bands like Swallow the Sun and Ghost Brigade. There is almost no use of clean singing, and few sections with vocals at all to instead focus on extended instrumental sections and the brooding soundscapes. The songwriting itself remains rooted in the band's own take on melodic black metal, but marks a return to a much doomier sound overall. While this specific style could have gotten repetitive in the one hour of running time, there are thankfully three folk interludes written by neofolk act Musk Ox featured within. While The Serpent... is Agalloch's most difficult album to digest release yet, it gradually reveals itself to be a more than worthwhile addition to their masterful catalogue. The folk interludes, "Birth and Death of the Pillars of Creation," and "The Astral Dialogue" are the album highlights in one of the most harrowing and fantastic metal albums of the year.
|3.0 good||Brendan Nixon | July 5th 14|
Agalloch are one of the greatest metal acts of this generation, no questions asked. Albums such as the Mantle and Ashes Against the Grain are bound to go down in history as some of the most important metal albums of all time, due to their seamless blend of folk, black metal, ambient, and occasional classical elements. The Serpent and the Sphere seems to be attracting mixed reviews though, and it's easy to see why, but at the same time I get something out of this that the positive reviewers seem to be getting as well. Does it feel a bit repetitious? Yes, in some spots they could easily be borrowing ideas from themselves. The other criticism I have for it though is the aimless compositions it seems to bring. The melodies will occasionally sweep and require attention to be digested, but the passages sometimes feel out of place, or just there for the sake of being there. The dynamics don't work as well as they did on other releases, but at the same time they will occasionally work, with striking results. So overall, an aimless and sometimes underwhelming Agalloch album, but one that's still worth a listen. Will probably grow over time, but for now it's actually pretty good.
|3.0 good||Minomol | June 12th 14|
Welp. Dark Matter Gods is a track that saves this album from being completely irrelevant.
|2.5 average||Trey Spencer STAFF | May 18th 14|
I've never been a big fan of these guys, and now I'm even less of one. This is aimless and without the few redeeming qualities that occasionally made them tolerable.
|4.0 excellent||BRAman22 | May 15th 14|
After more listens, I can say that the interludes are quite nice in the context of the album. Also, after further listening, and seeing Agalloch live, I've realized that there are some pretty solid songs on here. One thing that I will say though, is that, while a good song, Plateau of Ages goes on a bit longer than it should, being the longest song on the album.
|2.5 average||kopfschuss | May 13th 14|
I began with my first couple of listens optimistic, identifying riffs and segments of tracks that I liked. However, when considering the album as a whole or even particular tracks as a whole, it's clear how much of a mess it is.
|5.0 classic||joitp | May 11th 14|
Definitely a grower, getting close to becoming my favourite Agalloch release
|4.5 superb||Bergtatt | May 6th 14|
The earthiness of Pale Folklore, hypnotic isolating ambiance of Our Fortress Is Burning, cosmic dynamics, restraint, maturity... playing Devil's Advocate got boring about 10 years ago, but I really do enjoy this album, and can already feel these insidious roots growing deeper.
|4.0 excellent||Simon B. AKA Sputs OFFICIAL Pooh Bear | May 6th 14|
An amalgation of Agalloch's earlier, more acoustic work (Pale Folklore) and their latest work (marrow). TS&TS is an album that tries to please both older fans, as well as newer ones. The result is an album that fails to create its own identity in the bands extensive discography. Yet despite all it does wrong, it does two things right.
|4.0 excellent||lobstah | May 6th 14|
Wow, this is actually an amazing album. Second listing bumped up my rating from 3.5 - 4.0.
|3.5 great||Asmodeuss1990 | May 4th 14|
GET HYPED. EVERYONE AUTO 5 AND PREPARE FOR THE CIRCLE JERK.
|2.5 average||8genre | January 5th 16|
|3.5 great||Rom | December 10th 15|
|4.5 superb||Cyroth | November 29th 15|
|4.5 superb||Vail | November 21st 15|
|4.0 excellent||mEyck97 | November 14th 15|
|4.0 excellent||btati | November 12th 15|
|4.0 excellent||czed | November 8th 15|
|3.0 good||Madana | November 1st 15|
|3.5 great||fll | October 15th 15|
|2.0 poor|| | August 31st 15|
|4.0 excellent||IrishC | August 23rd 15|
|3.0 good||Ciszx | July 13th 15|
|4.0 excellent||Sebe | July 5th 15|
|2.5 average||Elynna | June 23rd 15|
|2.5 average||swoen | May 16th 15|
|3.0 good||Bawub | March 17th 15|
|2.5 average||JSPRG | February 26th 15|
|3.0 good||Jeclub | January 17th 15|
|4.0 excellent||mikep87 | January 14th 15|
|4.0 excellent||Nikolai | January 2nd 15|
|4.0 excellent||argonaut | December 15th 14|
|3.0 good||Kriss | December 14th 14|
|3.0 good||Digis | November 30th 14|
|4.0 excellent||A.W.L | November 21st 14|
|2.0 poor||hammee | November 19th 14|
|2.5 average||dosia | November 15th 14|
|3.5 great||Alex R. | November 11th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Escain | October 31st 14|
|2.5 average||PFNPJ | October 30th 14|
|2.5 average||Snake. | October 26th 14|
|3.5 great||ariich | October 3rd 14|
|4.0 excellent||Eligiuss | September 22nd 14|
|3.0 good||Marxman | September 13th 14|
|3.0 good||Coast | September 8th 14|
|3.5 great||goss19 | September 7th 14|
|3.0 good||Laymi | September 2nd 14|
|3.5 great||Pherin | September 1st 14|
|3.0 good||Tom | August 23rd 14|
|2.5 average||GodL1ke | August 15th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Dunpeal | August 6th 14|
|3.5 great||fdrc | August 3rd 14|
|4.0 excellent||cb123 | August 1st 14|
|3.5 great||Jake | July 19th 14|
|5.0 classic||bastni | July 18th 14|
|3.5 great||Ayil | July 5th 14|
|3.5 great||Dargor | June 30th 14|
|4.5 superb||Hawks | June 30th 14|
|2.5 average||ZairoN | June 29th 14|
|2.5 average||Hati | June 18th 14|
|3.5 great||Jamie | June 17th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Cal665 | June 17th 14|
|4.0 excellent||shanks | May 30th 14|
|3.0 good||Warpt | May 24th 14|
|3.5 great||Niels | May 24th 14|
|4.5 superb||Photon | May 24th 14|
|4.5 superb||Ware | May 20th 14|
|3.0 good||Nacen | May 19th 14|
|3.5 great||Rob | May 18th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Gbhill | May 17th 14|
|3.5 great||Nud | May 15th 14|
|3.5 great||Kole | May 13th 14|
|4.5 superb||Rogn | May 10th 14|
|3.5 great||noah | May 9th 14|
|4.5 superb||TWF | May 9th 14|
|3.5 great||ti0n | May 7th 14|
|2.5 average||ADR | May 7th 14|
|4.0 excellent||leycec | May 7th 14|
|2.5 average||Nash J. CONTRIBUTOR | May 6th 14|
|3.5 great||tg103 | May 6th 14|
|2.7 average||Deviant STAFF | May 6th 14|
|3.5 great||Cappa | May 6th 14|
|3.0 good||ot63 | May 5th 14|
|4.0 excellent||Adam | May 5th 14|
|3.0 good||Scoot | May 5th 14|
|3.5 great||N2B3J | May 5th 14|
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