John Haughm

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John Haughm
Born (1975-09-14) September 14, 1975 (age 43)
Ellensburg, Washington
GenresProgressive metal, black metal, doom metal, death metal, post-rock, folk metal, ambient
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, graphic designer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, drums, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsThe End, Vendlus, Profound Lore, Eisenwald Tonschmiede, Anthem, Dammerung Arts
Associated actsAgalloch, Sculptured, Nothing, Nest

John Haughm (born September 14, 1975) is a musician and artist from the United States. He is most known for being the founder, guitarist, and vocalist of the band Agalloch, and later Pillorian. He is also a designer who has created packaging and merchandise for several record labels and bands, including every project in which he has performed. From 2008 to 2018 he was the owner, creative director, and curator of the Dämmerung Arthouse.

Early life and career[edit]

John Haughm was born in Ellensburg, Washington, and grew up in Montana. He played in several metal bands as a teenager, some of which were with future Agalloch bassist Jason Walton. Eventually, Haughm and Walton moved to Portland where they met Don Anderson, guitarist of Sculptured, and found that they had "tremendously similar taste in music and cinema". Haughm formed Agalloch in January 1996, and had a brief stint in Sculptured, performing as the drummer on Apollo Ends.

After Agalloch split in 2016, Haughm formed Pillorian with Stephen Parker and Trevor Matthews.[1] This band was much more aggressive musically and more active as a touring act than Agalloch. They released "Obsidian Arc" in March 2017 and performed 100 shows in support of the album, including two American and two European tours between spring 2017 and summer 2018.


In February 2019, Haughm was strongly criticized by his most recent former Agalloch bandmates, all three of whom are presently in the band Khôrada, for posting a flippant comment on Facebook that was perceived as anti-Semitic. As well, both Parker and Matthews left Pillorian, leaving Haughm as the band's only remaining member.[2] In his apology letter, Haughm stated that his own comment was "insensitive, juvenile, reprehensible, and thoughtless to say the least." Haughm also signaled that Pillorian, despite having a 2nd album completely written and ready to record, was retired as a band.[3] Currently, he is focused on solo and collaborative projects outside of the heavy metal genre.


With Agalloch[edit]

With Sculptured[edit]

With Nothing[edit]

  • Nondescript: Ouroborus Vermiform (guest vocals, CD 1999)

With Nest[edit]

With Nostalgia[edit]

With Art of the Black Blood[edit]

With Pillorian[edit]



  1. ^ Schafer, Joseph. "Introducing Pillorian (Ex-Agalloch, Uada)". Invisible Oranges. Disqus. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (28 February 2019). "Former Members of Agalloch Condemn John Haughm over Anti-Semitic Comment, Pillorian Guitarist and Drummer Quit Band". MetalSucks. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  3. ^ Sacher, Andrew (1 March 2019). "Agalloch's John Haughm apologizes for anti-Semitic remark". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  4. ^ Wilhelm, Andrew. Agalloch's John Haughm Releases Solo 7" Archived 2011-12-19 at the Wayback Machine 30 September 2011. Retrieved on 22 January 2012.

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