The Mantle (studio album) by Agalloch

The Mantle by Agalloch
Year: 2002
Overall rank: 1,152nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 222 votes)
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From 02/10/2021 00:07
Ahhh, just how I like my metal, watered down and boring. How did they manage to take the worst parts of doom metal, black metal, and folk metal and put it into a nice compact little package? Oh wait, they didn't. Because this thing is a painstaking 68 minutes. Every song is just absolutely interminable, even from the very first song, which is only 2.5 minutes. It could have easily been 30 seconds or less and the point would have gotten across. And did I forget to mention the awful vocals? The singer sounds like he's been sucking helium so much his voice is just permanently higher and his growls sound more like whimpers. How has this managed to impress people for nearly 20 years???
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From 10/03/2019 07:37
The silly growly vocals really lets this album down. Otherwise, it's good.
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From 01/30/2017 01:55
First real metal album I've listened to. Has a dark and gritty atmosphere and some pretty good instrumentation.
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From 08/28/2013 17:49
nice instrumentation and clean production and some beautiful melodies throughout. it's just it feels like something is missing and at the end of record i can't remember any particular moment that i want to listen to it again.
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From 07/10/2013 02:26
The Mantle is a companion to cold, desolate walks through a north american forest during the harsh but quiet winter. It's no surprise the album takes inspiration from cynical european black metal, desolate dark ambient, and chilling neofolk. The Mantle molds all of this into a masterful one-piece package and it pulls no punches.
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From 02/18/2013 21:07
I wouldn't call it life-changing, and it kind of drags at times, especially in the middle. Still, it's one of the most beautiful things Ive heard recently, and it's an extreme metal album that has a lot of completely non-typical metal ideas
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From 08/19/2012 13:46
Odal is beautiful. I learned it on guitar yesterday, now I feel like a king.
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From 05/15/2012 15:15
It's not every day you make a discovery like this. Utterly perfect. Elegant. Cold and somber. Warm and inviting. Beautiful.
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From 09/04/2011 20:11
Amazing. I had never been a fan of growling vocals, but this album has changed that. It's a brilliant masterpiece.
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