Ashes Against the Grain

Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 137 ratings
2006 Ratings: #9
Liked by 10 people
August 8, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
The End / Label
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I promise I´ll write a good review someday but for now imma say that this hoe slaps.
It was going to be hard for Agalloch to follow up on The Mantle, one of the best metal release of the early 2000;s but they returned in 2006 with Ashes Against The Grain focus more on Post-Metal sound of their previous release with elements of Drone, Dark Folk and Black Metal to create an hour long epic through the cold depths of winter. What has always impressed me by this and The Mantle is how it builds it atmospheric and perfectly executed it is to make you feel like you are lost in the ... read more
For my first listen to Agalloch I had no idea what I was getting into, and quite interestingly it defied all of my usual expectations for a "metal" album.

For one, Agalloch feels decidedly less "metal" than their contemporaries (while still utilizing a black metal-esque vocal delivery for a majority of the time) over folk metal instrumentation. Not to say it doesn't get heavy (it decidedly does) but the emphasis is on atmosphere and vocal delivery; a huge focus went into ... read more
The american metalheads Agalloch return with a great effort after a series of excellent releases under their name. Ashes Against the Grain is yet another powerful work from the band, who manages to craft a very vivid and cinematic sound that compliments all of the concepts on the record. Listening to this is pretty much impossible to stay untouched by the intimidating vocals or the cold and deafening lyrics, or even the incredibly arranged instrumental work. The mixing on this album is just as ... read more
Deep down, when push comes to shove, this is really just a post-rock album - one that happens to have a few folk and black metal baubles adorning it is all.

There’s nothing wrong with that but you’ll have to deliver something truly phenomenal to impress me within the genre of post-rock.
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Track List

  1. Limbs
  2. Falling Snow
  3. This White Mountain on Which You Will Die
  4. Fire Above, Ice Below
  5. Not Unlike the Waves
  6. Our Fortress Is Burning... I
  7. Our Fortress Is Burning... II - Bloodbirds
  8. Our Fortress Is Burning... III - The Grain
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Added on: May 4, 2014