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Following their triumphant West Coast U.S. tour this past December, Pacific Northwest black folk metal masters Agalloch will be embarking on a long-awaited East Coast run in support of their critically acclaimed album “Marrow Of The Spirit”, one of the most celebrated metal releases of 2010. Their fourth full-length studio release was among NPR’s top 50 albums of 2010 and was Decibel Magazine’s No. 1 album of 2010.
Likewise, Profound Lore Records recording artists Worm Ouroboros (also featuring Agallcoh and Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker) will serve as direct support to Agalloch on the tour.
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Agalloch guitarist Don Anderson commented: “After seven years we are pleased to announce that we are returning to the East Coast for a series of performances with our good friends and fellow Profound Lore recording artists Worm Ouroboros. We’ll also be playing dates in both select areas of the South and Canada. The last time we played on the East Coast was in February of 2004 with The Gathering and Novembers Doom. People can catch ongoing updates on the upcoming tour via our official Facebook page.”
Also Agallloch have been confirmed for this year’s Scion Rock Fest to take place March 5th in Pomona, California which will feature confirmed such bands as Obituary, Death Angel, Morbid Angel and Christian Mistress.Add to My Radar
Portland Metallers Agalloch‘s 2010 album “Marrow of the Spirit” made it onto NPR’s top 50 albums of 2010 list. The album was released on November 23rd, 2010 on Profound Lore Records. NPR had this to say about the album:
“The forest is a common inspiration for black metal, particularly for the Norwegians who defined the genre in the early ’90s. That makes sense: It’s a cold, mystical place marked by unknown darkness. For Agalloch, the forests of the Pacific Northwest represent all of those things, but they’re also a force of healing. Still, Marrow of the Spirit is honest as it ends: After our spirits are renewed, we can return easily to misery. But, oh, the journey is worth the battle. The album’s exhilarating and epic turns shred and pound as much they shriek and coo. It’s the year’s most stunning statement in metal.”
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Portland folk/doom metallers Agalloch have completed work on their fourth full-length album entitled “Marrow of the Spirit”, the follow-up to 2006’s “Ashes Against The Grain”. This is the first album to feature new drummer Aesop Dekker. The cover art for the album has also been revealed and can be seen to the left. “Marrow of the Spirit” is scheduled to be released in North America on November 23rd through Profound Lore Records.
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