What I hold here in my hands is AGALLOCH’s latest 7” EP “Tomorrow Will Never Come”, limited to 500 copies, and each of those hand-numbered and signed by a band member. Apparently this was the first part of a limited pressing from Infinite Vinyl records, a sub label of The End, and it contains two tracks from the Mantle-sessions that didn’t make it onto the album. Since we’re not supposed to expect another full length until 2005, “Tomorrow Will Never Come” is a nice in-between-release to relieve the tension. And of course, it is something of a collector’s item as well. “Tomorrow Will Never Come” was originally part of a promotion during AGALLOCH’s recent US tour, and the remaining stock was later sold through The End Records, but since there are only 500 copies in circulation, it’ll be hard to get hold of one right now.
Side A is “The Death of Man (version III)”, which is really “A Celebration for the Death of Man” with some chimes added in the background. You will of course remember that “A Celebration…” was the central theme throughout “The Mantle”, so it is not entirely inappropriate here. Indeed it has a very epic, sweeping feel to it, and serves as a nice intro to Side B, which contains the title-track “Tomorrow Will Never Come”. It took a while to grow on me but ultimately, I can say that “Tomorrow Will Never Come” is definitely one of the best songs AGALLOCH has ever written. Basically, it is an acoustic song with a sampled piece of dialogue over it, but it is effective in its simplicity. This is a very moving piece of music, sad and melancholic. Anyone into AGALLOCH should at least try and get a hold of this song.
I once asked Anderson about the dialogue on “Tomorrow Will Never Come” and I thought I might share it with you. Here is what he answered:
“It’s a song that is close to me in many ways. The idea was developed during a time when I was very interested in schizophrenia and the mentally ill. The sample was taken from a documentary I watched whilst taking a "domain of the sciences & society" course at the university. We were studying medicine and the mentally ill. We watched this video (from the prof's personal library) and I was incredibly moved by the son's conversation with his father. I wanted to use it for Sculptured originally, but this track really provided a better opportunity for it.”
Exactly right. (Online July 13, 2003)
Guest reviewer Ben Meuleman