The Serpent & the Sphere

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The Serpent & the Sphere
Studio album by Agalloch
Released United StatesMay 13, 2014
GermanyMay 16, 2014
EuropeJapanMay 19, 2014
Genre Black metal, doom metal, neofolk
Length 59:46
Label Profound Lore
Agalloch chronology
Faustian Echoes
(2012)
The Serpent & the Sphere
(2014)
""Alpha Serpentis (Unukalhai)" single
(2014)

The Serpent & the Sphere is the fifth album by American metal band Agalloch. It was released on May 13, 2014 in the U.S., followed by released on May 16 in Germany and May 19 in Europe.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

[3]

No. Title Length
1. "Birth and Death of the Pillars of Creation"   10:28
2. "(serpens caput)"   3:06
3. "The Astral Dialogue"   5:11
4. "Dark Matter Gods"   8:36
5. "Celestial Effigy"   6:59
6. "Cor Serpentis (the sphere)"   2:58
7. "Vales Beyond Dimension"   6:48
8. "Plateau of the Ages"   12:26
9. "(serpens cauda)"   3:12
Total length:
59:46

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 8/10[5]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[6]
Exclaim! 10/10[7]
Metal Hammer 6/7[8]
Metal Storm 8,3/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[10]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[11]
Spin 8/10[12]
Sputnikmusic 2/5[13]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 discs[14]

The album received mostly positive reviews.

Personnel[edit]

Agalloch[edit]

  • John Haughm – guitars, acoustic guitar, vocals, whisper, percussion
  • Don Anderson – guitars, piano, keyboards
  • Jason William Walton – bass
  • Aesop Dekker – drums

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Nathanaël Larochette (Musk Ox) – acoustic guitars

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Some news...". Agalloch. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "...and for the Europeans...". Agalloch. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ "AGALLOCH – Complete Work On New Album". Profound Lore Records. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Serpemt & the Sphere". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ Jenkins, Jake. "Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere". AbsolutePunk. SpinMedia. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Toland, Michael (June 27, 2014). "Agalloch". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ Walschots, Natalie (2014-05-12). "Album Review". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  8. ^ Müller, Robert (June 2, 2014). "Review zum Album THE SERPENT & THE SPHERE von Agalloch". Metal Hammer (in German). TeamRock. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ R'Vannith (May 13, 2014). "Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere review". Metal Storm. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Currin, Grayson (2014-05-16). "Agalloch: The Serpent and The Sphere". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  11. ^ Sweeney, Joe (2014-05-09). "Agalloch: The Serpent & the Sphere | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  12. ^ Kelly, Kim (May 14, 2014). "Agalloch's Blackened Folk Metal Soothes the Soul on 'The Serpent & the Sphere'". Spin. SpinMedia. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ Ward, Kyle (2014-05-11). "Agalloch. The Serpent and The Sphere". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  14. ^ Embling. "Agalloch – The Serpent and The Sphere". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved February 28, 2015.