With “The Serpent & The Sphere” AGALLOCH deepen their musical body of work without losing one inch of their own classic trademark sound they have shaped and refined over nearly two decades. Taking their progressive and rock influences on higher levels, The Portland dark metal masters return with their most dynamic, prominent and rewarding musical experience.
AGALLOCH have once again teamed up with legendary producer & engineer Billy Anderson, who recorded the album at Cloud City Studios in Portland, Oregon and later mixed it at Everything Hz. “The Serpent & The Sphere” goes down as the best, most transparent and complete sounding album to date. Nathanaël Larochette of Musk Ox makes a guest appearance on the record, providing the album’s acoustic interludes.
1. Birth and Death of the Pillars of Creation
2. (serpens caput)
3. The Astral Dialogue
4. Dark Matter Gods
5. Celestial Effigy
6. Cor Serpentis (the sphere)
7. Vales Beyond Dimension
8. Plateau of the Ages
9. (serpens cauda)
“This is utterly, utterly essential”
6 out of 6 points, Album of the issue ZERO TOLERANCE
"a gorgeous album and breathtaking in its depth and expansiveness. " THE METAL OBSERVER
"We shall see if this will remain one of the best albums of 2014. This looks pretty likely." METAL HAMMER Norge
"The Serpent & The Sphere is an intense and rich album, true to what we are used to hear from Agalloch." HARDROCK Mag.
"To be a fan of the band demands patience; they make you wait, and they make you work. But when the payoff arrives, it is thrilling, glorious, momentous. Everything comes into focus. Everything makes sense." STEREOGUM
6/6 Zero Tolerance + album of the issue
10/12 Visions Magazine + record of the week
6/7 Metal Hammer Germany
9/10 Metal Hammer Norway
8/10 Metal Hammer UK
9,5/10 Rock Tribune
8/10 Close Up
8/10 Rock Hard Greece
10/10 Metal Temple
9/10 Queens Of Steel
9/10 Ave Noctum
9/10 The Metal Observer
||Digipak with die-cut serpent on the front, metallic prints and thick 20 pages booklet.
||May 19th, 2014