When I first was turned on to Agalloch's, The Mantle, I didn't like it. I thought it was boring and repetitive... but the more I listened to it, the more I understood just how complex it is in its simplicity. Like a symphony has movements, I look upon a cd like this to be in the same vein as a symphony.
Maybe that is why I enjoy classical music as much as music like this.
Many parts of this cd are "catchy" or as I also say, contain "hooks" - a part of song that gets one humming or saying, "Yeah, I get that!"
The Hawthorne Passage @ the 7:00 minute mark, takes off on a symphonic journey, that to me is pure greatness. The lamentation that follows (in Spanish) befits the atmosphere and meaning of this melancholy dark-folksy-black metal cd.
Other parts that "hooked" me early was during these lyrical parts...
In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion
The chorus rocks...
Fall. . .so shall we fall into the nihil?
The nothingness that we feel in the arms of the pale
In the shadow of the grim companion who walks with us
But I absolutely love this part...
Here at the edge of this world
Here I gaze at a pantheon of oak, a citadel of stone
If this grand panorama before me is what you call God. . .
Then God is not dead
like every hope I've ever had
like every dream I've ever known
It washed away in a tide of longing,
a longing for a better world
From my will, my throat, to the river, and into the sea...
Those parts hooked me for sure.
So much more to this brilliant cd. I hope you all enjoy at least as half as much as I do.
Not too many people know or heard of these guys - as compared to popular music/groups.
"If this grand panaorama before me is what you call God... then God is not dead."