Faustian Echoes

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Faustian Echoes
Agalloch Faustian Echoes EP.jpg
EP by Agalloch
Released June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)
Recorded 2012
Genre Black metal, folk metal
Length 21:34
Label Licht von Dämmerung Arthouse
Agalloch chronology
Marrow of the Spirit
Faustian Echoes
The Serpent & the Sphere
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork (6.5/10)[1]

Faustian Echoes is an EP by American metal band Agalloch, released on June 26, 2012 by Agalloch's own label Licht von Dämmerung Arthouse. It is actually a single, two-part song over 21 minutes in length, making it the longest song Agalloch has ever written.[2] The song is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play Faust.

Regarding the theme of Faustian Echoes, Agalloch vocalist/guitarist John Haughm said, "The lyrics are taken directly from an English translation of Goethe's Faust. We used select phrases and film samples to create the narrative which, together, outlines the backbone of the original story."[3] The film samples are from Jan Svankmajer's 1994 film Faust.[4]

Agalloch released Faustian Echoes in conjunction with their summer 2012 North American tour, making it first available via streaming and digital download. Vinyl and CD versions were only available at the shows during the tour, and via mail order after the tour.[5]

The cover art features the etching Faust Lisant (Faust Reading) by Salvador Dalí.[6] [7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Faustian Echoes" 21:34
Total length: 21:34


  1. ^ Currin, Grayson (July 12, 2012). "Agalloch: Faustian Echoes EP = Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Faustian Echoes". bandcamp.com. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interview with John Haughm". pitchfork.com. July 6, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lesson Faust (1994)". imdb.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Agalloch Streaming New 21 Minute Song". metalunderground.com. June 26, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Faust Lisant by Salvador Dalí". Art Brokerage. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Agalloch - Faustian Echoes (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 10 July 2013.