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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Agalloch's new album, 'Marrow of the Spirit' available streaming through NPR's website

About a week ago, I discovered the music of Agalloch while browsing a metal forum.  I was immediately intrigued by their unique blend of folk metal, black metal, and traditional rock, all laid out in a sound that is more atmospheric than in-your-face.  Portland-based Agalloch creates scenery with their music, showing, rather than telling the listener of dark, frosty winters and foreboding, melancholy-inducing forests.  You should check them out.  Their newest effort, 'Marrow of the Spirit,' is streaming in its entirety on NPR's website (the write-up by the staff author is excellent as well): link.
I know what you're thinking.  Metal on NPR?  What is this?  Well, Agalloch is a band that I can see NPR understanding.  Their music is a display of concept and musicality rather than a beat-your-face-in jam.  It's atmospheric sound fits in well with NPR's laid-back approach to radio.  It's metal that is, at times, calming.  Seems strange, but give it a listen.  Here's one of my favorites, "Falling Snow":

1 comment:

  1. Apologies for the broken link initially, should be working now.