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Agalloch’s Marrow of the Spirit

15 November 2010
marrow of the spirit coverI’ve listened to just about everything by this band, because so many reviewers said to, but was not hugely moved. Until now.  Marrow of the Spirit is Agalloch’s latest (23 November 2010) album and it is achingly good.

Call it black folk metal with doomy bits. Whatever. You do not expect this kind of depth from Americans.

They have a reverent, gentle attitude to nature, but it is also a bitter one. As if to say that the natural world doesn’t have long left and it is a flaming tragedy that humans should walk this Earth. The disparate music styles embody this conflicted attitude seamlessly. One reviewer described it as a "ravishing grimness".

Marrow of the Spirit is beautiful and it bears repeated plays, as it reveals its artistry more with each listen. For the first time in many years, I have an album on constant rotation.

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