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Old 06-24-2014, 12:29 PM   #7021
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I'm sad to say I agree with you VG. I listened to the album multiple times hoping that I just needed to listen more to appreciate all of the subtitles; alas, this was not the case.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:05 PM   #7022
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I'm really enjoying the new album and my enjoyment seems to only grow with each listen.

The opener has incredible restrained atmosphere. The following interlude is less effective, but man when The Astral Dialogue kicks in with the bass guitar that sounds like a mountain crumbling away... It's awesome.

I, for one, welcome The Serpent & the Sphere into Agalloch's oeuvre with open arms.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:18 PM   #7023
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I'm going to keep giving it listening time. It is not offensive to my ears, it just hasn't taken hold of me.
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Old 06-24-2014, 05:43 PM   #7024
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I'm with Kep on this one. It's not without flaws, but I feel a lot of spirit behind it so I can forgive some composition problems. Probably helped by the fact that I binged on Twin Peaks for the last few weeks; for some reason A's music and TP go together really well for me
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:12 AM   #7025
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It recently struck me that much of Agalloch's career has been a reproduction of Ulver's Bergtatt.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:30 AM   #7026
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I am enjoying most of the new album, it is by no means the best they have put out but I feel it is better than Marrow.
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Old 09-25-2014, 11:00 PM   #7027
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That thing that starts at about 2:35 in Celestial Effigy is the best thing about The Serpent & The Sphere, which has remained quite an average listen.

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It recently struck me that much of Agalloch's career has been a reproduction of Ulver's Bergtatt.


Or at least a significant amount of Agalloch's best work. Doesn't detract from it at all though. Pale Folklore is the best version of Bergtatt ever and triumphs Ulver's incredible album in its own right.
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Old 09-25-2014, 11:03 PM   #7028
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and triumphs Ulver's incredible album in its own right


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Old 09-25-2014, 11:17 PM   #7029
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I hold both in equal regard, but have a personal connection with Pale Folklore that gives it some emotional heft.

This Old Cabin is also stellar.
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Old 11-24-2014, 02:15 AM   #7030
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Alright, I need help guys. I figured out the first part of Birch White with no dramas, but the second part starting around 26 seconds is doing my head in. I'm using a crappy guitar that isn't helping with the sound, so I ask for your help, oh wise guitarists of UG.
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:35 AM   #7031
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Err it's alternating G and B minor chords for the verse, and the chorus was A minor, C, E minor.

Pretty sure that's all there is to it. Occasionally an F# minor chord pops up in the verse and I just play E5 to F5 for the post chorus bit.
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:08 AM   #7032
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Seeing them tonight they're playing a ****ing 2HOUR SET
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:55 PM   #7033
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Following 20 years, 5 full length albums, many tours around the world, and numerous other recordings, John Haughm and the rest of the band (Don Anderson, Jason Walton, and Aesop Dekker) have parted ways. What the future holds for the separate parties remains undetermined. We collectively thank all of our fans across the world. There are also way too many other people to thank who made this band possible. You know who you are.


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After being inundated by a barrage of responses, I feel that I should clarify some things. I take full responsibility for the decision to part ways with the other guys. It was difficult, well thought-out, and something that had been culminating over the past couple of years. I simply could not continue any further with the band as it was. I had to make a change as my motivation and inspiration had started to completely deteriorate. Whether this is the permanent end of Agalloch altogether or a possible fresh start, I don't know. I probably won't know for awhile. The band has simply been reduced back to its founding, visionary member for the first time in 20 years. Beyond that, the future is unknown.
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:30 PM   #7034
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Damn it. If the band is done, perhaps it is for the best, then. The first three albums are and always will be a classic triumvirate of atmospheric and progressive metal releases.

Cheers to my favorite band.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:29 AM   #7036
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Shame. I had a couple of chances to see them every so often but never got round to it. I feel like putting on The Mantle/Marrow of the Spirit right now
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:22 PM   #7037
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Fagalloch as a wise man once said today


Aye most of my contemporaries feel the same. I'm the exception but only so much. Thoughts on Katatonia - Dance of December Souls and Ulver - Bergtatt?

I'm ok with Agalloch stepping down now. The best work they did recently was The White if you ask me. I enjoyed The Serpent and The Sphere but it stands no chance when paired against Pale Folklore.
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:30 PM   #7038
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I'm ok with Agalloch stepping down now. The best work they did recently was The White if you ask me. I enjoyed The Serpent and The Sphere but it stands no chance when paired against Pale Folklore.


Yeah. It's always nice to see bands call it a day before they hit rock bottom.
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:54 PM   #7039
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I've talked to each member extensively every time I see them live and Agalloch was definitely an over-glorified hobby for each member. Which is 100% fine, particularly when you can step down with such grace. You can feel how even though they love their albums it wasn't really aching to come out of their hearts.
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:13 PM   #7040
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Hm, shame. I am a closet Agalloch fan. What can ya do. Hopefully this gives them more time to work on their other projects, although I don't think Agalloch hindered them very much anyways.

Would love to hear more Sculptured though. Always rubs me the right way.
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