Before I bought this album, I've been hearing many good stuff about Agalloch in this past year so finally I decided to buy this album on a sale. Boy, I have to say it's one of best sale I bought this year. Pale Folklore is Agalloch's full debut album and I have to say they did excellent job considering it is their first full release.
The first three songs is actually supposed to be one long song called "She Painted Fire Across the Skyline" and they run between 3 minutes to more than 8 minutes. It is an excellent song that makes me feel like I'm going on a long adventure through nature. It has one of best opening I've ever heard in a while. I think my favorite song has to be The Misshappen Steed which happen to be one of slowest and softest song of the album. That actually surprised me because I usually lean toward heavy and fast but this song is just plainly amazing. It shows variety of speed Agalloch is able to play in the album. 9/10
I defintely recommend this album to anyone who enjoys those nature inspired dark folky metal. Heck, even if you don't enjoy it, you should give them a try anyway. Their myspace link is: http://www.myspace.com/agalloch
I definitely plan to purchase their other album, The Mantle.
Labels: agalloch, american metal, folk metal, metal, review