Sorrow never sounded so good. Agalloch’s Pale Folklore is a symphonic depressent of well structured compositions and tales of misery as told through the sunken eyes of J. Haughm and S. Breyer. “The Painted Fire Across The Skyline” strikes like a long lost Bathory epic with a twist, a beautiful operatic female vocal is entwined within semi-harsh male vocal growls.
With a length of over 8 minutes and the wind blowing cold in the forboding background, the track harkens back to the Bathory “Hammerheart” release. “Hallways Of Enchanted Ebony” and “As Embers Dress The Sky” possess a metallic, atmospheric vibe of Blue Oyster Cult. Considering the CD has 8 songs and is over 62 minutes in the length, multiple listens are needed to truly appreciate the morose beauty of this release.