Agalloch
Pale Folklore


5.0
classic

Review

by Hawks USER (94 Reviews)
August 31st, 2015 | 135 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: SHE KILLED HERSELF IN THE FALL

By now it's pretty evident that most of us around these parts have heard of Agalloch. Without a doubt a band that stands tall as one of the best metal acts of the past couple of decades. Let's just face the facts, the first 3 Agalloch albums can be considered amongst the best first 3 album stretch in the history of metal music. Whether it's the well produced slab of post/black metal that is Ashes Against the Grain, the more laid back mix of folk and metal found on The Mantle, or the suffocating wintry folk black metal style of this album Pale Folklore, John and company usually don't disappoint. Although all 3 albums are classics, the other 2 can't hold a candle to Agalloch's debut album.

The main thing that makes Pale Folklore stand out above the others is the production job. Not in the way that it's more polished than the others because that's the opposite of the truth with this one. It may sound a tad muddy, but that's the main reason why this album stands out among the pack. Imagine being caught up in a blizzaed on your drive home. The snow keeps falling and you're feeling like its never gonna end, like its suffocating you. That's pretty much the experience you get with this album. It's like being caught in one big cluster*** of a snow storm and slowly finding your way out of it. Every instrument, while they may sound "sloppy" at times, creates a perfect atmosphere that few, if any, have been able to match. Tremolo picked riffs are often present, but so are clean guitar breaks and the occasional solo, which is rare on a black metal album.

Vocals from John are absolutely perfect for the sound here. Cold and raspy, yet decipherable screams are the main style here, but as Agalloch fans now know and love, there are haunting cleans as well to help balance out the harsh vocals. John also handles the drums on the album and while they're nothing to really write home about in terms of technicality and what not, they absolutely get the job done when it comes to help build the desolate and bleak vibe that they're trying to give off and they do just that.

Overall, this is one of my personal favorite albums of all time. There's so much emotion behind this release that it makes a lot of other things simply pale in comparison, even the other 2 masterpieces that this band created just some time after this came out. While the roots of this album are in black metal, any fans of folk, progressive, or post metal would most certainly find something to love in Pale Folklore.



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Hawks
August 30th 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Quick write up, but just jammed this and I've been wanting to review something so I figured why not? :]

Digging: Pale - EP

argonaut
August 30th 2015


818 Comments


Good review, m/

Hawks
August 30th 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks bro. m/

argonaut
August 30th 2015


818 Comments


Somehow I haven't heard this album yet, but it's on my short list of things to listen to, as I've loved everything by Agalloch I've heard thus far. The perfect time of year for it is coming up soon as well.

Hawks
August 30th 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damn dude you gotta get on this asap.

Dis_Con_Nec_Ted
August 30th 2015


4890 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dead Winter Days is best agreed (based on glance at summary)

Hawks
August 30th 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That is indeed my fav here nice catch. ;]

argonaut
August 31st 2015


818 Comments


@Hawks, agreed. This one and Marrow Of The Spirit are their only LPs I still need to get to.

Hawks
August 31st 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What do you think of The Mantle and Ashes?



Marrow rules too, just not on the same level as the first 3. The newest album is by far the "worst", but still solid.

argonaut
August 31st 2015


818 Comments


Both the Mantle and Ashes are close to classics in my book, especially when I'm in a particular mood. I actually like the new one quite a bit, definitely not their best but I think it's a very strong release in its own right.

Hawks
August 31st 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice bro. Yeah Ashes and The Mantle are both 5's for me as well. Serpent is good stuff and gets a lot of undeserved hate.

Artuma
August 31st 2015


29492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i wouldn't really say this sounds muddy or raw at all

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Hawks
August 31st 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Don't think I ever said raw.....



But yeah it's not. Muddy? I'd say it def is a bit.

Veldin
August 31st 2015


3323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fall is coming yo

Hawks
August 31st 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best time of year. m/

laughingman22
August 31st 2015


2793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it is muddy compared to the other lloch albums

Hawks
August 31st 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah it is at least to me idk.

Artuma
August 31st 2015


29492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

compared to the two that followed this yeah i guess

Hawks
August 31st 2015


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

m/ m/ m/

Mongi123
August 31st 2015


19461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet dude, I'll read this tomorrow.



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