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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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Agalloch Updates U.S. Tour Schedule

Portland musical enigmas Agalloch are pleased to announce a month-long bout of live performances this Summer. Slated to commence with a hometown show July 11th, the tour will include a nightly rotating set list featuring both new and early material with stage times anticipated to be between 90 – 120 minutes.

The band will be joined by Taurs, featuring Stevie Floyd of Dark Castle and Ashley Spungin (formerly of Purple Rhinestone Eagle), as well as various local openers throughout the journey, all hand-selected by members of Agalloch.

Comments the band in a collective statement: “We are excited by TAURUS’ experimental and challenging music and feel they are a perfect fit for us. We have carefully selected local openers whose music fits the environment of an AGALLOCH show. Where there are no openers selected, we will play nearly 120 minutes. We are all personal fans of the openers and encourage everyone to show up early to see them.”

This tour will also mark the release of Agalloch’s recently recorded EP "Faustian Echoes," a mammoth twenty-minute epic released through the band’s own imprint, Dammerung Arts. This EP was recorded at Jackpot Studio in Portland, Oregon with acclaimed engineer Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis) at the helm. It was mixed by Anderson and mastered by Justin Weis (Ludicra, Hammers Of Misfortune) at Trakworx in San Francisco.

Though stream and digital download options will be available in the coming weeks, the LP and CD versions will only be available at the shows during the dates on the tour and will be available via mailorder after the tour. More...

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Agalloch Announces North American Tour

Agalloch has announced a massive North American tour this summer, with support coming from Taurus, which features Stevie Floyd of Dark Castle. The band has also been confirmed to play this year’s Noctis Fest which will be taking place on Sept 28th/29th in Calgary, Alberta. A statement from the band reads as follows:

“This tour will mark the release of our recently recorded EP 'Faustian Echoes' on both LP and CD. We have taken great care in the design of this release. Sometime before the tour we will have both a streaming and digital download option available. However, the LP and CD versions will only be available at the shows during the dates on the tour and will be available via mail order after the tour. We will be adding material (both new and old) to our set list and depending on stage time we anticipate playing between 90-120 minutes. The set will rotate each night.

"We have carefully selected local openers whose music fits the environment of an Agalloch show. Where there are no openers selected, we will play nearly 120 minutes. We are all personal fans of the openers and encourage everyone to show up early to see them. We will have a variety of merchandise for sale including: 2 new shirt designs, our back catalog, 'The Demonstration Archive,' 'Marrow of the Spirit' vinyl, a tour poster by Stevie Floyd, original photographic prints by Veleda Thorsson, and various other odds and ends.”

The dates go as follows and the TBA’s will be updated once things are finalized: More...

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Agalloch Announces European Tour

Agalloch has now announced the dates for the band's upcoming "Marrow of the Spirit" European tour dates in April. The tour poster can be viewed below, and the dates are as follows:

03.04.2012 - BEL, Antwerp
04.04.2012 - GER, Hamburg
05.04.2012 - DEN, Copenhagen
07.04.2012 - FIN, Helsinki
08.04.2012 - SWE, Gothenburg
09.04.2012 - DEN, Oberhausen
10.04.2012 - FRA, Paris
11.04.2012 - GBR, London
14.04.2012 - SUI, Dietikon
15.04.2012 - ITA, Retorbido
16.04.2012 - AUT, Vienna
17.04.2012 - CZE, Prague More...

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The Konsortium To Play Inferno 2012

Norwegian act The Konsortium is the latest band to be confirmed to play at the Inferno Festival 2012, which takes place from April 4th - 7th. For more details, head over to the festival's official website.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Black Metal: The Shoegaze Wave

Back in 2005, Alcest released a two song EP called “Le Secret,” a gem that eventually would cause a stir in the hornet nest that is the black metal community. If you didn't gather by the title, Alcest is a French band, and one masterminded by front-man Neige. With a strong pedigree in the French black metal scene, Neige was a musician who not only came forward in the 00s with multiple acts in Alcest and Amesoeurs, but also made contributions to essential French albums from the likes of Mortifera and Peste Noire. While Norway and the adjacent Scandinavian realms are often thought of as the wintery fortress of black metal, the French have long held their own with a melancholic and melodic take on the genre including the infamous Les Légions Noires whom you can read about in a previous Metal Underground Sunday Old School article.

So, what was so special about Neige’s little two song EP? Well for one it wasn’t little at all. It was nearly 30 minutes long and an infusion of 90s shoegaze, post-rock, and perfectly distilled black metal. More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2012 Final Bands Confirmed

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:

BRUJERIA (Mexico)
AGALLOCH
ARCHGOAT (Finland)
YOB
DYING FETUS
BLACK WITCHERY
UNANIMATED (Sweden)
RORSCHACH
MORGION
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
EXTERMINATION ANGEL

Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.

Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...

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Ludicra Officially Splits

While it was briefly mentioned in passing in a recent article, Ludicra has official split and offered this short statement on the matter:

"The door is officially closed on Ludicra. It was a great trip, but all things have their end. Alternative Tentacles was an early supporter of Ludicra, and we appreciate their faith and their help to achieve what we could with out little rock band. Thanks."

Ludicra notably featured Aesop Dekker on drums, who also drums for Agalloch and Worm Ouroboros.

For a limited time, Alternative Tentacles is taking $2 off of both formats of 2006's classic "Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis." All orders will also receive a poster. Their previous A.T. release, "Another Great Love Song" is still available online through either iTunes or emusic.

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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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