AGALLOCH — Marrow of the Spirit (review)

AGALLOCH — Marrow of the Spirit album cover Album · 2010 · Atmospheric Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Triceratopsoil
Agalloch's bleakest and blackest work yet, Marrow of the Spirit is a big contender for my top album of 2010. The music is simultaneously saddening, groovy and heavy, and the vocals are some of the most tortured I've heard, especially on the magnificent Black Lake Nidstång - which also has a wonderfully chilling organ interlude, my favourite moment on the album. This album comes less from the woods, as Agalloch's previous releases, and more from the tundra I would say. A frozen wasteland of a listening experience, Marrow of the Spirit hasn't been as widely well-received as it should have been because of the black metal emphasis, but it is possibly Agalloch's best yet.
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