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Well, that’s it — we’re exhausted, physically and emotionally. And you will be too from the very second you let this album sink in. Spreading six multi-movement songs across 65 debilitating minutes, Marrow of the Spirit treats forest-dwelling black metal like a transcendent purification process — a way of facing your greatest fears head on, no matter what form they take. In some cases, that can mean a passage as serene and profoundly sad as the icy acoustic intro of “The Watcher’s Monolith” or the bubbling brook, chirping birds, and lonesome cello of “They Escaped the Weight of Darkness.” For the most part, though, Agalloch is unwilling to let listeners fully understand their surroundings. They’d rather maintain a masterful level of tension throughout, from the pure anguish of “Black Lake Nidstang” — a dizzying epic that deserves its own EP — to the hypnotic heathenism of “Into the Painted Grey.” Like Agalloch’s admitted influences (Katatonia, Swans, Godspeed You Black Emperor), this is as cathartic as music gets without having to pay someone by the hour.

Customer Reviews

Different for me

Not a fan of the whispering voice. But that's a personal thing.

Best Album

This is simply Agalloch best album. The song Ghosts of Midwinter Fires alone justifies the purchase price.

Simply Amazing

This Cd is quite possibly one of the most interesting, musical journeys I've ever had. There are so many twists and turns, haunting sounds, tight musicianship, and an overwhelming sense of despair, but oddly it is beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of standard black metal, but there are elements of it I like. Agalloch takes the best of the genre and fusses it so intricately with other genres to create some of the deepest, black, folk, post-rock, metal I've heard. This is a CD to listen toand think about, not to headbang or party to. It's definitely in my top favorite CDs of all time.


Formed: 1995 in Portland, OR

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

The origins of Agalloch date back to 1995 and the disintegration of the band Aeolachrymae. As that group died, three phoenixes emerged from the ashes, Sussurrus Inanis, Nothing, and Agalloch. Mixing black metal with atmospheric textures, gothic doom, and neo-folk and post-rock touches, the Portland, OR-based group quickly developed a rabid cult following. Their first demo, From Which of This Oak, was recorded in 1996; in 1998, they recorded another demo and shopped it around to labels. Their efforts...
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Marrow of the Spirit, Agalloch
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Nov 16, 2010

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