Marrow of the Spirit

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Marrow of the Spirit
Studio album by Agalloch
Released November 23, 2010
Genre Black metal, folk metal, doom metal
Length 65:33
Label Profound Lore
Producer Steven Wray Lobdell
Agalloch chronology
The Compendium Archive
(2010)
Marrow of the Spirit
(2010)
Faustian Echoes
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10)[3]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5[4]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[5]

Marrow of the Spirit is the fourth album by the American metal band Agalloch, released on November 23, 2010.

Production[edit]

"Marrow of the Spirit" marked a change in record label for Agalloch. Their first three full-length albums and EPs were released through The End Records, but after their contract was completed with the release of Ashes Against The Grain in 2006, the band opted not to renew it. The album was released through Profound Lore Records, which also released the first two Agalloch albums on vinyl in 2005. It is the first album to feature Aesop Dekker (of Ludicra) on drums, replacing Chris Greene.

The band felt that their previous album, "Ashes Against The Grain", sounded too polished and opted for a more raw sound for "Marrow of the Spirit", saying that it felt more "alive and real."[6] Therefore, the album was recorded entirely in analog on vintage equipment. Recording took place at Audible Alchemy Studios in Portland, Oregon, with Steven Wray Lobdell (of Faust) producing.[7]

Release[edit]

On October 29, 2010, the track "The Watcher's Monolith" was released on the music website Stereogum accompanied by an interview with John Haughm.[8] The track "Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires" was released via Vivahaterecords on November 1.[9]

The full album was released on November 23, 2010.

Reception[edit]

The album was named among NPR's Top 50 albums of 2010[10] and listed at #1 on Decibel's list of the 40 best albums of 2010.[11]

Track listing[edit]

[12]

No. Title Length
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 Niðstång"   17:34
5. "Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires"   9:40
6. "To Drown"   10:27
Total length:
65:33

Personnel[edit]

Agalloch[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Artwork[edit]

  • Mark Thompson - cover art
  • Veleda Thorsson - Photography
  • John Haughm - design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schalek, Dave. "Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit review". About.com. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Marrow of the Spirit - Agalloch". Allmusic. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Currin, Grayson (December 7, 2010). "Agalloch: Marrow of the Spirit". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ward, Kyle (November 15, 2010). "Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit (album review - staff)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit (album review - staff)". Sputnikmusic. November 17, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ http://exclaim.ca/Interviews/WebExclusive/agalloch
  7. ^ "Agalloch Track Listing". Metal CallOut. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ Hear Agalloch’s “The Watcher’s Monolith,” Read Our Q&A With John Haughm stereogum.com. October 29, 2010. Retrieved on October 31, 2010.
  9. ^ Agalloch Streaming Another Song from Forthcoming Album voltagemedia.com.au. November 2, 2010. Retrieved on November 2, 2010.
  10. ^ 50 Favorites: From Thomas Ades To Buke And Gass December 1, 2010. Retrieved on December 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "Decibel's Top 40 of 2010". November 30, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ Profound Lore (September 2010). "Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit". Profound Lore news report. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Marrow of the Spirit" announced & West Coast Tour myspace.com. September 21, 2010. Retrieved on December 3, 2010.
  14. ^ "Marrow of the Spirit" CD