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Agalloch

Formed: 1996
From: Portland, OR, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Agalloch News

Below is our complete Agalloch news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Aesop Dekker Guest DJs On WFMU This Tuesday

Tuesday August 2nd from 1-2 PM New York time, AESOP DEKKER, drummer for AGALLOCH, WORM OUROBOROS and the recently split LUDICRA, will be guest DJing on Diane Farris' program on WFMU.

Aside from hosting a killer set of music, he will be making a statement about the demise of crucial black metallers, LUDICRA, who announced their split only days ago. Listeners can ask him questions on the live online playlist during the program.

WFMU can be heard at this location streaming and archived, and broadcasts in the NYC area on 91.1 FM.

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SXSW Music 2011 Day 2: Part 2

On the second day of SXSW Music, there were more options for metal shows at night. I enjoyed bouncing around between shows on the first day and hoped to catch a few bands at different shows this evening, such as Christian Mistress, Agalloch, and the Alex Skolnick Trio. It didn’t pan out exactly as planned, but was a good night nonetheless.

As I wandered a few alleyways, looking for a few of the more obscure venues where these bands were playing, I stumbled upon the Barbarella Patio first, which is where Agalloch would be playing later that night. Upon entry, Amber Asylum was playing and I literally went back to the gate to double check the lineup posted there. They were so mellow that I thought I was in the wrong place. The band did have a couple of slightly heavier moments toward the end of their set, but overall they were far too mellow for my tastes. More...

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Immolation To Play Scion Rock Fest

Immolation has been announced as the latest confirmed act for the upcoming Scion Rock Festival, which is set to take place on March 5th in Pomona, California. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other announced bands are as follows:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

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Agalloch Announces East Coast Tour

Following a West Coast tour this past December, Pacific Northwest metal band Agalloch will be embarking on an East Coast run in support of the group's new album “Marrow Of The Spirit." Profound Lore Records recording artist Worm Ouroboros (also featuring Agalloch and Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker) will serve as direct support on the tour.

Agalloch guitarist Don Anderson commented: "After seven years we are pleased to announce that we are returning to the East Coast for a series of performances with our good friends and fellow Profound Lore recording artists Worm Ouroboros. We’ll also be playing dates in both select areas of the South and Canada. The last time we played on the East Coast was in February of 2004 with The Gathering and Novembers Doom. People can catch ongoing updates on the upcoming tour via our official Facebook page."

The dates go as follows:

03/17 – Austin, TX @ Barbarella Patio (as part of the Nanotear Showcase at SXSW)
03/18 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03/20 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
03/21 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sonar
03/22 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
03/23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
03/24 – Montreal, QC @ TBA
03/25 – London, ON @ The Music Hall
03/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
03/27 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club

Agalloch has also been confirmed for this year’s Scion Rock Fest to take place March 5th in Pomona, California.

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Scion Rock Fest 2011 Line-Up Announced

The official line-up has been announced for the forthcoming Scion Rock Festival. The 2011 edition of the Scion Rock Fest will be headlined by death metal legends Morbid Angel and will feature 19 other bands. Scion Rock Fest 2011 is set to take place on March 5 in Pomona, California at the Fox Theater and the Glass House, with two other stages being built for the event by festival organizers. Six additional bands will be announced in the near future while you can find a list of the confirmed bands below:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

Scion Rock Fest is presented by the automaker Scion, a division of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

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Agalloch Performance Footage Posted Online

Footage has been posted online of Agalloch performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on December 22nd, 2010. The video for "Of Stone Wind And Pillor" can be viewed below, and the clip for "Bloodbirds" can be found after the jump.

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Agalloch Streaming Entire New Album Online

Pacific Northwest progressive black metal act Agalloch has posted its entire upcoming fourth full-length album "Marrow Of The Spirit" online. You can listen to the full album at this location, courtesy of NPR. "Marrow Of The Spirit" is set for release in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records. You can read the Metalunderground review for "Marrow of the Spirit" at this location.

"Marrow of the Spirit" tracklisting:
1. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness [3:41]
2. Into The Painted Grey [12:25]
3. The Watcher’s Monolith [11:46]
4. Black Lake Nidstang [17:34]
5. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires [9:40]
6. To Drown [10:27]

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Agalloch Posts New Song Online

Pacific Northwest progressive black metal act Agalloch has released the first single for it's upcoming fourth full-length album entitled "Marrow Of The Spirit." The song "The Watcher's Monolith" is available for streaming at this location, courtesy of Stereogum. "Marrow Of The Spirit" is set for release in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records, the track listing for “Marrow Of The Spirit” is as follows:

1. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness [3:41]
2. Into The Painted Grey [12:25]
3. The Watcher’s Monolith [11:46]
4. Black Lake Nidstang [17:34]
5. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires [9:40]
6. To Drown [10:27]

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Agrypnie Announces New Bassist

German metal band AGRYPNIE have found a new bass guitarist, Carsten, and are now rehearsing for the coming autumnal live shows. Since his return from Australia, AGRYPNIE mastermind Torsten and John from Agalloch contributed guest guitar parts for the upcoming Nostalgia album "Echoes from the Borderland." The project is initiated by solo artists Rüdiger Gleisberg and Mathias Grassow (who also worked with Torsten on the last AGRYPNIE album entitled "16[485]"). The project is currently working on new material.

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Agalloch Reveals New Album Artwork

Pacific Northwest progressive black metal act Agalloch has revealed the artwork for it's upcoming fourth full-length album entitled "Marrow Of The Spirit," which is the follow-up to 2006’s "Ashes Against The Grain." The album is set for release in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records, the track listing for “Marrow Of The Spirit” is as follows:

1. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness [3:41]
2. Into The Painted Grey [12:25]
3. The Watcher’s Monolith [11:46]
4. Black Lake Nidstang [17:34]
5. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires [9:40]
6. To Drown [10:27]

You can view the artwork at this location

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Agalloch Announces New Album Details

Pacific Northwest dark metal act Agalloch has completed work on the band's fourth full-length album entitled "Marrow Of The Spirit," which is the follow-up to 2006’s "Ashes Against The Grain." Agalloch commented on the new album:

"Where the three predecessors to ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’ (namely ‘Pale Folklore’, ‘The Mantle’, and the aforementioned ‘Ashes Against The Grain’) all differ from each other, the same can be applied with the new album as ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’ is unlike anything Agalloch have ever produced before. This is also the first album to feature new Agalloch drummer Aesop Dekker (also in Profound Lore acts Ludicra and Worm Ouroboros) and features guest appearances by cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, Asunder, Amber Asylum), Jeffrey Neblock (Vindensang), and Nathan Carson (Witch Mountain, Two-Ton Boa, SUNN 0))))."

To officially be released in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records, the track listing for “Marrow Of The Spirit” is as follows:

1. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness [3:41]
2. Into The Painted Grey [12:25]
3. The Watcher’s Monolith [11:46]
4. Black Lake Nidstang [17:34]
5. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires [9:40]
6. To Drown [10:27]

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"Fall Into Darkness" DVD Trailer Posted Online

A new teaser trailer has been posted online for the "Fall Into Darkness 2009" DVD, which features performance footage from YOB, Agalloch, Earth, Ludicra, Saviours, Witch Mountian, Amber Asylum, and others. The trailer can be viewed below. All performances on the DVD were recorded at Berbati's Pan, in Portland OR, between Oct 29th and Oct 31st, 2009.

Fall Into Darkness 09 DVD Trailer Part 2 from Fell Studios on Vimeo.

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Agalloch To Record New Album

Portland's Agalloch has issued the following announcement about releasing a fourth full-length studio album via Profound Lore Records:

"Agalloch is proud to announce a renewed relationship with Profound Lore Records who will release our long-awaited 4th full length album. Profound Lore originally released our debut and sophomore albums on vinyl in 2005, including the amazing wooden sleeve edition of 'Pale Folklore.' The artistic attitude and level of integrity from Profound Lore is why we are extremely pleased to have them represent Agalloch. The new album will be recorded throughout June and July, but we do not wish to make any concrete statements regarding a release date at this time."

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Ludicra Finishing New Album, "The Tenant"

LUDICRA is putting the finishing touches on their next full-length album (their fourth) entitled “The Tenant,” which will be released through Profound Lore Records.

Known as one of the initial acts to help spearhead the black metal underground movement of the Bay Area and featuring the line-up of guitarist John Cobbet (HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE), bassist Ross Sewage (IMPALED), drummer Aesop Dekker (AGALLOCH), guitarist Christy Cather, and vocalist Laurie Shanaman, Ludicra has been known for offering a unique mix of black metal, punk, classic metal, and the odd touch of neo-folk.

Look for “The Tenant” to be released early March, 2010. More Ludicra news to surely follow, leading to the album’s impending release

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Amber Asylum To Play Fall Into Darkness Fest

Amber Asylum has issued the following announcement about playing at the Fall Into Darkness festival as support for Agalloch:

"Amber Asylum will be performing at this year's Fall Into Darkness Festival in Portland on FRIDAY OCT 30TH supporting Agalloch, along with Soriah and Fauna. Tickets are selling fast and can be purchased via Ticketweb. The following evening - Halloween - we will be at the Rendezvous aka Jewel Box Theater in Seattle with Thrones, Kawabata Makoto, ?Alos. The line-up will feature Sigrid Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune) on bass, flute and piano, Sarah Brady on violin/viola, and RD Davies (Infest) on percussion."

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Agalloch Has Ritual Item Returned

As was previously reported, Portland's Agalloch had announced that a ritual animal skull was taken from the stage at a recent show in Milwaukee. Agalloch has now issued the following brief update about the skull being returned:

"The skull has been anonymously returned...All is well again."

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Agalloch Has Ritual Item Stolen During Show

Portland's Agalloch has issued the following statement about having a ritual item stolen during a show in Milwaukee:

"We had an excellent time in Milwaukee last night and the audience was wonderful. It was a great surprise. However, a very important canine skull was stolen from the stage during 'The Lodge' and we would like to get it back.

"It is a very sentimental piece and we would like to think that the person who grabbed it simply did not consider this. There were a lot of random horns and bones scattered across the front of the stage that perhaps didn't look important or replaceable. This skull is not replaceable!

"If whoever took it would bring it to the Chicago show tonight and would just put it on the stage, all will be forgiven and forgotten. We do not want our memories of these Midwest gigs to be tainted.

"Thank you."

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Agalloch Releases Compliation, Announces New Album

Portland's Agalloch has released a compilation album titled "The Demonstration Archive" and have also announced they are currently working on a new full length album. The band issued the following statement on their MySpace:

Firstly, we announce the release of "The Demonstration Archive." This is a full-length retrospective CD collection chronicling our unsigned years (1996 – 1998). This release includes both the "From Which Of This Oak," and "Promo '98" demos. We are also including our never released 7-inch that was originally entitled "Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor" (later released via The End Records with bonus tracks). From the primal opening riffs of "The Wilderness" to the epic closing of "The Melancholy Spirit," the "Demonstration Archive" tracks the gradual evolution and refinement of the Agalloch sound and style finally heard on the landmark debut album "Pale Folklore." The track listing appears in chronological order below:

"From Which of this Oak" (1997)
1. The Wilderness
2. As Embers Dress The Sky*
3. This Old Cabin
"Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor" unreleased 7-inch (1998)
4. Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor
5. Foliorum Viridium
6. Haunting Birds
"Promo '98" (1998)
7. Hallways Of Enchanted Ebony*
8. The Melancholy Spirit* More...

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Agalloch Part Ways With The End Records

Portland's AGALLOCH has issued the following update:

"Having fulfilled our record contract with The End Records, we have decided not to renew with them. We thank The End for 10 years of hard work and dedication. Our three full-length albums will continue to be in print for as long as there is a demand for them. AGALLOCH's immediate plans are to remain low key, work on new material, and look towards the future."

AGALLOCH's latest EP, "The White EP", was released in February via Vendlus Records. The CD is the follow-up to 2004's "The Grey EP" and completes a dichotomy of releases for Vendlus Records. "The White EP" contains seven dark folk and ambient works written and recorded over the past three years.

AGALLOCH released its critically acclaimed album, "Ashes Against the Grain" in August 2007 via The End Records.

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Mourning Beloveth Announce European Tour Dates

Irish doom titans MOURNING BELOVETH have scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 18 - Denmark, Copenhagen, The Rock,*
Mar. 19 - Finland, Tampere, Hellä **
Mar. 20 - Finland, Turku, Dante's Corner **
Mar. 21 - Finland, Kouvola, Rytmi-Katti, **
Mar. 22 - Finland, Helsinki, Nightlife Rock **
Mar. 23 - Holland, Zaandam, De Kade ***
Mar. 24 - Germany, Eiche, Crailsheim +
Mar. 25 - Czech Rep, Exit Club, Chmelnice +
Mar. 26 - Germany, BC-Studentclub, Thuringe, Ilmenau ++
Mar. 27 - Germany, Twilight-Club Schlüchtern ++
Mar. 28 - Holland, Tilburg, O13 ++
Mar. 29 - Belgium, Vosselaar, Biebob ++

* MOURNING BELOVETH + to be announced
** MORTUARY DRAPE, SECRETS OF THE MOON, MOURNING BELOVETH, URN
*** MOURNING BELOVETH, THE PROPHECY, IN AGE AND SADNESS, MAEL MÓRDHA
**** MOURNING BELOVETH, IN AGE AND SADNESS, to be announced
+ MOURNING BELOVETH, IN AGE AND SADNESS, MAEL MÓRDHA
++ AGALLOCH, MOURNING BELOVETH, IN AGE AND SADNESS

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