Biography

For nineteen years the Pacific Northwest group Agalloch has defined what it means to combine influences from a variety of musical genres into one brooding, colossal, and cinematic sound that provides the soundtrack to existential themes concerning man, nature, loss, and death. The band formed in 1995 in Portland, Oregon, United States.

After two demo releases in the late 90s the band released three full-length albums: “Pale Folklore” (1999), “The Mantle” (2002), and “Ashes Against the Grain” (2006). “The Mantle” has since been heralded as a classic for having been one of the first albums to combine elements from black metal, neofolk, progressive rock, post-rock, and ambient music. The influence of this record can be seen in many so-called “post-black metal” bands today.

In 2008 Agalloch began re-releasing their demos, B-sides, and EPs under their own Dammerung Arthouse label. In 2010 their fourth album “Marrow of the Spirit” made number one on numerous critic’s top ten lists. In between each of these full-lengths the band pushed on the flexible boundaries they had developed around themselves through a series of EPs that found the band experimenting with post-rock/instrumental rock (“The Grey”, 2004), psychedelic folk (“The White”, 2008) and most recently a mammoth twenty-minute epic work entitled “Faustian Echoes” (2012) released through Dammerung Arts.

Agalloch has earned a reputation for explosive and emotional live performances. They have sold out tours across Europe and the US and have played a variety of major festivals including: Roadburn, Noctis, Inferno, and Scion among others. The band takes special care constructing the environment of each and every show with wood, incense, and imagery taken directly from their home in the Northwest. Such care makes an Agalloch show more than just a typical heavy metal concert.

Discography:
From Which of this Oak self-released demo 1997, 12” LP Eisenwald, 2009
Promo ‘98 self-released demo, 1998
Pale Folklore CD/2LP The End Records, 1999
Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor MCD The End Records, 2001
Sol Lucet Ombibus: A Tribute to Sol Invictus 2CD Cynfeirdd, 2002
The Mantle CD/2LP The End Records, 2002
Tomorrow Will Never Come 7” EP Infinite Vinyl/TER, 2003
The Grey EP MCD Vendlus Records, 2004
The Wolves of Timberline 10” EP Infinite Vinyl/TER, 2004
Ashes Against the Grain CD/2LP The End Records, 2006
The White EP MCD Vendlus Records, 2008
The Demonstration Archive 1996-1998 CD Dämmerung Arts, 2008
The Silence Of Forgotten Landscapes DVD Shiver Records, 2009
The Compendium Archive 1996-1998 & 2000-2006 2CD Dämmerung Arts, 2009
Der Wanderer Uber Dem Nebelmeer 2CD compilation (exclusive track), Midnight Records/Pest Prod., 2010
The Wooden Box Set 7LP Viva Hate Records, 2010
Marrow of the Spirit CD Profound Lore Records, 2010
The Demonstration Archive Box Set 7”, 10”, 12” LP Eisenwald, 2012
Faustian Echoes 12”LP/MCD Dämmerung Arts, 2012
The Serpant and The Sphere Cd, 2014

Edited by gmoney2216 on 27 Aug 2014, 21:13

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