MetalBite Review by Adam M on 8/22/2011
plays a brand of Atmospheric Metal that recalls the likes of Agalloch
prior to their last album "Marrow Of The Spirit"
. It brings back memories of what made albums like "Pale Folklore"
and "The Mantle
" so special when they emphasized subtlety and emotion throughout the entire length of the album to create an emotional atmosphere.
"Where Distant Spirits Remain
", is the new bearer of Agalloch's
torch for me because it offers a wholly inspirational attempt to bring an established sound back to the forefront without forgetting about the addition of unique elements to the overall sound. Every track on this album is beautiful and haunting, but has enough drive to maintain interest. The metallic portions donít have as much of a Black Metal influence as Agallochís
latest and rather cruise along and grip the listener as much as the lighter acoustic ones. The atmosphere of the music also recalls the likes of Anathema
during their best period around "Judgement
" and "Alternative 4
", which is a huge compliment. The music does have quite as many moments of pure brilliance as those albums, but there are some true high points on the release.
Take for example the track 'To Walk Amongst The Dead' which is constructed to perfection and features no moments that drag during its long running time. Elsewhere, there are great segments scattered about with slight lulls here and there. Still, if anyone has been searching for a moving Atmospheric Metal release, this is one of the stronger ones Iíve heard in quite some time. This is worthwhile material to the core.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating:8.4 out of 10