Agalloch   The Serpent and the Sphere
3.4 Release Date: 2014
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4.5 superbzxlkho | May 5th 14

if this album is boring, i want to be bored more often

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5.0 classicIdioteque | May 5th 14

Best new Opeth album 5/5

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0.0 OU818 | May 4th 14

Agall(O__o)ch

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2.0 poorLambda | 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 averageJosh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR | 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 A J M H CONTRIBUTOR | 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 excellentRyan Kroner | May 8th 14

Well, I have no fucking clue what album you guys have been listening to.

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4.0 excellentBroManCaptainGuySirDylan | May 6th 14

Is everyone here on drugs? This rules. Classic Agalloch.

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5.0 classicAmebix | 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 averageDakota 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 goodGrayson 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 poorAdam Thomas STAFF | May 5th 14

Never before has an Agalloch record sounded so Agallochy.

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3.3 greatSowingSeason 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.

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3.5 greatBen Kuettel | July 29th 14

A departure from Marrow of the Spirit, Serpent displays overall improved songwriting and production but fewer standout moments that made Marrow above average. While it has its moments, the relentless consistency gets tiresome when there is so little to grasp emotionally. The interludes are serviceable, and the drumming is integrated much better into the music than on Marrow. There are unfortunately no clean singing, and not much vocals overall. Vales Beyond Dimension is an album highlight 3.3/5

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3.5 greatBrendan M. | 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.

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3.0 goodMinomol | June 12th 14

Welp. Dark Matter Gods is a track that saves this album from being completely irrelevant.

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2.5 averageTrey 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.

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4.0 excellentBRAman22 | 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.

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2.5 averagekopfschuss | 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.

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5.0 classicjoitp | May 11th 14

Definitely a grower, getting close to becoming my favourite Agalloch release

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0.0 donkey teeth | May 6th 14

essential snorecore

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4.5 superbBergtatt | 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.

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4.0 excellentSimon 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.

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4.0 excellentlobstah | May 6th 14

Wow, this is actually an amazing album. Second listing bumped up my rating from 3.5 - 4.0.

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3.0 gooddave the loser | May 5th 14

yeah ok

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3.5 greatAsmodeuss1990 | May 4th 14

GET HYPED. EVERYONE AUTO 5 AND PREPARE FOR THE CIRCLE JERK.

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