For twenty 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.
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, neo-folk, progressive rock, post-rock, and ambient music. The influence of this record can be heard 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), neo-folk/psychedelic folk (“The White,” 2008) and a mammoth twenty-minute epic work entitled “Faustian Echoes” (2012) released through Dammerung Arts. Their fifth and newest full-length album “The Serpent & The Sphere” (2014) continues to earn praise for solidifying the now identifiable sound of the band.
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 international festivals including: Roadburn, Inferno, Ragnarok, Tomahawk, Noctis, Asymmetry Fest, Maryland Deathfest, Scion Fest and 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 metal concert.
In May 2016, founding member John Haughm parted ways with Don, Aesop and Jason and permanently put the band to rest.
For Official Agalloch merchandise visit http://www.dammerungarts.com/shop.html
For those who missed out, the Dammerung Arts shop still has a limited supply of the LP and CD re-issues of the first three Agalloch albums available, including the colored vinyl. As some of these are already out of print, this might be your last chance to grab them for a reasonable price...
For those who are unaware, two new bands have been formed by the former members of Agalloch. Please check out both and follow their respective pages for further news:
Following 20 years, 5 full length albums, many tours around the world, and numerous other recordings, John Haughm and the rest of the band (Don Anderson, Jason Walton, and Aesop Dekker) have parted ways. What the future holds for the separate parties remains undetermined but the name Agalloch has been permanently laid to rest. We collectively thank all of our fans across the world. There are also way too many other people to thank who made this band possible. You know who you are.
Just to clear up any confusion: the recent LP reissues from The End Records of our first three albums are official and fully endorsed by the band.
Our label, Dämmerung Arts, is the official source for Agalloch merchandise and contact.
European customers are encouraged to visit our partner, Eisenwald, for many of these items (and more coming in the future).
Our guitarist Don Anderson will be joining Sol Invictus for a very special performance at this year's Prophecy Festival. Anderson played on the previous Sol Invictus album "Once Upon a Time." This will be the first time he will play with the band live.
Dämmerung Arts and Eisenwald have joined together to make 2 new Agalloch back patch designs. These German printed patches have woven finished edges and are now available in both of our shops.
We have also just received a shipment of Eisenwald limited edition, German import LPs from Vivus Humare, Fen, Skogen, Armagedda, Ildjarn, a pre-order for Fluisteraars Luwte, and many more. "
No words can justly describe the profound magnitude of this loss. The world is suddenly a more intolerable place without this man walking among us...