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Agalloch - Mantle

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Item #: 2664284
    Agalloch: John Haughm (vocals, acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars, percussion, chimes); Anderson (acoustic & electric guitars, piano); J. William W. (bass, cymbals). Additional personnel: Ronn Chick (mandolin, synthesizer, bells); Ty Brubaker (acco......more

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Artist: Agalloch
Description:
Agalloch: John Haughm (vocals, acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars, percussion, chimes); Anderson (acoustic & electric guitars, piano); J. William W. (bass, cymbals). Additional personnel: Ronn Chick (mandolin, synthesizer, bells); Ty Brubaker (accordion, contrabass); Danielle Norton (trombone). Recorded between November 2001 & April 2002. Personnel: John Haughm (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, E-bow, percussion, chimes); Ronn Chick (mandolin, synthesizer, bells). Audio Mixer: Ronn Chick. Recording information: 11/2001-04/2002. Photographer: John Haughm. Agalloch's second album, The Mantle, is a leaps-and-bounds improvement over their first full-length, 1999's Pale Folklore. That wasn't a bad album, but it was hampered by a low-budget production job that didn't suit the sophisticated tone of the music. The improved production is the first thing that stands out here, evident in the more detailed arrangements, the classier guitar tones, and the fuller overall sound. That said, the music itself has also evolved and matured. Along with the Katatonia-inspired guitar work and grim, scratchy black metal vocals also present on Pale Folklore, a number of other sounds work their way into The Mantle, among them prominent acoustic guitar-strumming and cleanly sung vocals, Scandinavian-tinged folk guitar-picking (the middle breakdown during "I Am the Wooden Doors" is straight out of Ulver's bag), timpani percussion, and a few subtle electronic interludes. It is not just the range of sounds that's impressive, though, but rather how smoothly they are woven together, creating an album that flows from beginning to end, using its entire 68-minute running time to make its point without wearing out its welcome. Agalloch's biggest strength, much like the early work of Ulver and Katatonia, is their ability to create an epic type of listening experience without resorting to bombast or heavy-handedness, and that quality is plainly evident here. Factor in t...
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Celebration for the Death of Man..., A
  2. 2 In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion
  3. 3 Odal
  4. 4 I Am the Wooden Doors
  5. 5 Lodge, The
  6. 6 You Were But a Ghost in My Arms
  7. 7 Hawthorne Passage, The - (Spanish)
  8. 8 ...and the Great Cold Death of the Earth
  9. 9 Desolation Song, A
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Heavy Metal
Subgenre:
Black Metal
Label:
The End Records
Producer:
John Haughm; Ronn Chick
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
68 : 33
Editorial Reviews:
CMJ (8/16/02, p.26) - "...Loaded with lush, proggy soundscapes..."
UPC:
654436002826
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