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An Agalloch release is a work of art to be considered an event, and deserves all the listening time one can spare. I just received my copy of the album, but have listened online and been blown away by the wondrous world contained in "Marrow of the Spirit." This may be the album that drives me to purchase a record player once it comes out on LP. The November release date is, of course, perfect timing for the band. Hopefully, you'll listen to this in the proper autumnal wooded setting, but regardless, the music will transport you there if you close your eyes."They Escaped the Weight of Darknes" and "To Drown" respectively initiate and conclude the album, and convey stark, heavy emotions that defy description (by me, at least). "Into the Painted Grey" begins contemplatively, but is an intense tune that will make one recall fellow Northwesterners Wolves in the Throne Room. "The Watcher's Monolith" combines many different elements and speeds to form the musical equivalent...
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Having been a fan of Agollach since their first record (Pale Folklore) came out It has always been a pleasure to hear something new from them--as they never disapoint. Marrow of the Spirit is no exception and is brilliant in everyway. This is a darker album and gone is the Bathory inspired mid-paced metal of Ahes against the grain. On this album the band really embraces the old school black metal sound of the 90's which is simply done with artistic grace and precision that in no way does it sound contrived or nastaligic, instead what we get is pure black metal art mixed with some folk and ambient parts. The musicianship is top notch and the drumming is simply just amazing. I know a few people have complained a bit about the production but this album was recorded in analog so it is meant to be heard on actual speakers not earphones, so I recommand you throw this into your bose or home system and sit back with a drink and absorb this amazing album!
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It takes a few listens to appreciate this group's albums, so I waited to write this review until giving it that opportunity. Having heard most of their music, I think Marrow of the Spirit has all the elements of previous Agalloch releases but keeps it fresh by adding some new flavors as well.The opening song is a sparse instrumental that contains birds and natural sounds with a mournful melody played by a cello. If you have heard the hard to find White EP, this opener would fit in perfectly. This is followed by "Into the Painted Grey". Starting from the outset with drum blast beats and chiming guitar, this song has the hard pounding Agalloch sound that the metal heads love... followed by the atmospheric chord progressions that lead back again into the driving beats. It mainly has the growls and barking vocals, as this is one of the harder rocking songs on the album with fewer of the slower breakups."The Watcher's Monolith" starts acoustically and has some...