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Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere flac album Performer: Agalloch
Title: The Serpent & The Sphere
Style: Folk Metal, Black Metal, Prog Rock
Released: 2014
Country: Canada
MP3 album: 1177 mb
FLAC album: 1111 mb
Rating: 4.3
Other formats: MP3 AAC MOD AA MPC FLAC AU
Genre: Rock

The Serpent & the Sphere is the fifth and final studio album by American heavy metal band Agalloch. It was released on May 13, 2014 in the . followed by releases on May 16 in Germany and May 19 in Europe. Michael Toland of The Austin Chronicle described the album as "one boot in balmy progressive folk and the other in frigid black metal" with "some of its prettiest, most haunted acoustic textures and heaviest, raspiest roars".

The Serpent and the Sphere progresses Agalloch's distinctive post-black/folk metal approach from the woodsy paganism of masterpieces like Pale Folklore and The Mantle to a perfectly-hewn swan song of cosmic rumination. Though hardly the album fans will point to when asked to describe the pinnacle of the band's accomplishments or as a standard for its sound, I wholeheartedly believe this is their best.

The Serpent & The Sphere' - Agalloch (71/100). Agalloch is the uncommon result of an uncompromising vision and style. Though they've never let themselves be bound to one sound, their identity is strong and distinctive, even in the wake of recent imitators. With each album, Agalloch seemed to have found the perfect balance between staying true to one's own aesthetic, and shifting the style to the point where each album felt like a new journey. With that in mind, it's not surprising Agalloch have made such waves. The Serpent & the Sphere" is a well produced album featuring a warm, heavy and organic sound, which suits the music well and overall itīs another high quality release by Agalloch.

The Serpent & The Sphere is the fifth studio album by the American metal band Agalloch and sees them take their progressive musical oeuvre to another level, all while maintaining the classic Agalloch sound. It is an album that reveals the band’s darkest, most meticulously crafted, and atmospherically surging work of their seventeen-year career. Captured by legendary producer/engineer Billy Anderson at Cloud City Studios in Portland, Oregon (and mixed by Anderson likewise at Everything Hz), The Serpent & The Sphere represents the most glorious sounding Agalloch album to date

Agalloch's claim to the throne of modern black metal supremacy is pretty much undisputable. Since 1995, the Portland quartet have been one of the genre's foremost innovators, merging coal-dark riffs and ferociously chugging tempos with a sylvan neo-folk aesthetic for a sound all their own. Following up 2010's critically acclaimed Marrow of the Spirit, the band return with The Serpent & the Sphere, a monolithic slab of heaviness full of ethereal segues into foreboding folk. When Agalloch play the game of (metal) thrones, they play to win. The Serpent & the Sphere Agalloch.

The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(CD, Album, Dig). Eisenwald Tonschmiede. I'm not entirely sure why it took Agalloch another 4 years to spit out an album of this caliber. I know it's been almost a year since it's release and the only reason why I'm writing this now is due to the fact that I was completely disappointed on hearing this for the first time (sounds familiar); so I decided to spin it again almost one year later

That is what makes The Serpent & the Sphere the most un-Agalloch album they have ever made. Only Celestial Effigy sounds like a traditional Agalloch tune, with the rest forming some avant-garde mishmash of awkward structures, forgotten crescendos, and painfully dreary riffing. Technicality was not necessary when the songwriting was so masterful, but with The Serpent & the Sphere there is neither technicality.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Birth And Death Of The Pillars Of Creation 10:28
A2 (Serpens Caput)
Guitar – Nathanaël Larochette
3:06
A3 The Astral Dialogue 5:11
B1 Dark Matter Gods 8:35
B2 Celestial Effigy 6:59
B3 Cor Serpentis (The Sphere)
Guitar – Nathanaël Larochette
2:58
C1 Vales Beyond Dimension 6:48
C2 Plateau Of The Ages 12:26
C3 (Serpens Cauda)
Guitar – Nathanaël Larochette
3:12

Notes

First released for sale at the The Southgate House Revival show in Newport, KY show on June 22, 2014. Die cut gatefold sleeve with translucent burgundy. Side D is blank and features laser etched artwork. Includes download code. Track durations taken from Bandcamp page. Limited to 1000 copies.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 5-90475 AL-KH009 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 5-90476 RE-1 AL-KH009 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): 5-90477 AL-KH009 C

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
PFL 133 Agalloch The Serpent And The Sphere ‎(CD, Album) Profound Lore Records PFL 133 Canada 2014
KH009-CS Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(Cass, Album) Licht von Dämmerung Arthouse KH009-CS US 2014
Eisen083 Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Eisenwald Tonschmiede Eisen083 Europe 2015
Eisen83 Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(LP, Gol + LP, S/Sided, Etch, Gol + 7", Gol + Album) Eisenwald Tonschmiede Eisen83 Germany 2015
Eisen083 Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Eisenwald Tonschmiede Eisen083 Germany 2014

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Birth And Death Of The Pillars Of Creation 10:28
A2 (Serpens Caput)
Guitar – Nathanaël Larochette
3:06
A3 The Astral Dialogue 5:11
B1 Dark Matter Gods 8:35
B2 Celestial Effigy 6:59
B3 Cor Serpentis (The Sphere)
Guitar – Nathanaël Larochette
2:58
C1 Vales Beyond Dimension 6:48
C2 Plateau Of The Ages 12:26
C3 (Serpens Cauda)
Guitar – Nathanaël Larochette
3:12

Notes

Die cut gatefold sleeve. Side D is blank and features laser etched artwork. Includes download code. EU version with Eisenwald catalog number.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
PFL 133 Agalloch The Serpent And The Sphere ‎(CD, Album) Profound Lore Records PFL 133 Canada 2014
KH009-CS Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(Cass, Album) Licht von Dämmerung Arthouse KH009-CS US 2014
Eisen083 Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Eisenwald Tonschmiede Eisen083 Europe 2015
Eisen83 Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(LP, Gol + LP, S/Sided, Etch, Gol + 7", Gol + Album) Eisenwald Tonschmiede Eisen83 Germany 2015
Eisen083 Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Eisenwald Tonschmiede Eisen083 Germany 2014


Comments: (3)
Vozilkree
I've really enjoyed most of Agalloch's material, from each one their full-lengths to "The White" & "Faustian Echoes". So you could pretty much say everything, aside from the pointless "The Grey". From what I can remember upon the release of "Marrow of the Spirit" most of the "hardcore" fans were a bit upset in the direction the band took towards their sound and production. Instead of the clean, crisp sounds from "The Mantle" & "Ashes Against the Grain", Marrow... took a rawer, crunchier approach. Though it was still Agalloch at heart (imo), many were thrown off by the band's dramatic change in their atmospheric approach. I still really enjoy Marrow... but I can admit I was a bit surprised when I heard the album for the first time. But that's old news, sadly, and 4 years later Agalloch returns with "The Serpent & the Sphere". I think the band took notice to those "hardcore" fans disgruntled reactions to when they first heard Marrow... as I believe they would pay homage to them and others by attempting to return to their cleaner sound with this new album... Well....I'm not entirely sure why it took Agalloch another 4 years to spit out an album of this caliber. I know it's been almost a year since it's release and the only reason why I'm writing this now is due to the fact that I was completely disappointed on hearing this for the first time (sounds familiar); so I decided to spin it again almost one year later. I'm not big into reviews or track-by-track reviews, so at this point I'm pretty much putting my two cents in. I'm not a HUGE Agalloch fan but I was looking forward to this album in the months before it's release. As with previous Agalloch records almost every song is a long journey of multiple emotions, that after listening to the entire album, you've completely forgot your place. Many people I've talked to said they just couldn't get into Agalloch because their songs were "too long" or "boring". Even though I agree at some point, it takes a patient mind but it pays off greatly in the end. I could say this for every album up until now. Each one had an identity true to its' own, but for "The Serpent & the Sphere" something is still missing for me. The more I listen to this it's harder and harder to enjoy for the reason that those older releases had so much more to offer. Maybe the band has lost a little of their fire after releasing so many great albums, as many bands do, or perhaps they wanted to take a safer approach opposite of Marrow... by releasing a record most Agalloch fans would have an easier time listening to. I'm beginning to think it's a mixture of both, sadly, as I'm not sure the band will pop another out in 4 years as they've done ever so consistently. From "The Mantle" to now, it's been a bit of a slow, churning downhill ride. Now I'm not getting into detail about particular songs, structures, sounds, etc. but I will say that this isn't a complete letdown of an album. If "The Mantle" & Ashes... had a baby, "The Astral Dialogue" would be a track right out of that womb. There are decent moments in "Celestial Effigy" and the 3:00 - 5:00 mark on "Vales Beyond Dimension" was really enjoyable. That's how I really sum this album up: a few great moments but an overall average release. Maybe it's an album that will need to grow on me, as I'm sure Marrow... did for many, but for now I will have to replay those old great Agalloch records, for in my opinion this album isn't in the same ballpark.3/5.
Zuser
I've got to say, your post here is right on. Agalloch are one of my favorite bands and when I first heard "Marrow" I didnt know what to think, but now "Marrow" is my favorite album along with "Ashes Against the Grain". I was so exited for "the Serpent and the Sphere" and when I first heard it, I couldn't believe it. I was so turned off. While the album is okay, its nothing compared to the albums they've put out before. At first I thought it would grow on me, like "Marrow" did, but it's been 2 years now and it's still my least favorite Agalloch album. I still love the band and always will and it's hard to seem break up like they did. But at least I got see them 8 times through the time they were together and they put out a lot great stuff. Anyways just wanted to let you know I totally agree with your review. Sorry this reply got so out of control.
Damdyagab
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