Marrow of the Spirit

Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2010 Ratings: #36 / 899
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Based on 110 ratings
2010 Ratings: #22
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Yes, it's not the most original black metal album as far as content and vocalizations go, but boy are these melodies transportive. I feel like I'm being pushed against the wind on the mountains on a snowy, bleak winter day. These performances are all fantastic, some a bit too winding or drawn out, but man this is captivating and immersive.
While a bit less 'heavy' and incisive than Ashes Agains The Grain, Agalloch's fourth studio LP shows the fantastic band further developing their rich and distinct mix of black-metal, folk and post-rock. On this album, the american metalheads value sonic-textures and atmosphere, while still relying on melodic ideas and powerful blasting beats. Even though it is far from the amazing results from their two previous albums, this record definitely shows a mature and creative band that has come a ... read more
This is an extremely important album, this is like a second wind for atmospheric black metal... Which at this point had been functionally dead.
Probably the darkest Agalloch album. You can't really compare this with any other Agalloch album but it is emotionally heavier and makes you feel desperate? An improvement from Ashes Against the Grain in every aspect. A must listen if you are into post rock and atmospheric music
Agalloch's 4th studio album seems then moving to a more lighter sound whilst still incorporating that folk and post-rock they are known for, which creates a sombre and often cold listen. It stills has everything which agalloch fans will enjoy but it often seen as not as good as The Mantle or Ashes Against the Grain and i do agree but it doesn't mean this album deserves to be overlooked in fact quite the opposite it sees the band evolved their sound and are able to changed their around fixed ... read more
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Added on: May 4, 2014