Well first of all those of you who have read Alex's review of AGALLOCH's "Of Stone, Wind And Pillor"-EP will know how highly he thought of that release (I'm sorry to disappoint you, but this honour belongs to our beloved Reverend Wes! - Alex). Personally I wasn't as impressed but that was only because I had heard this full length masterpiece beforehand.
The material here is of a much higher standard and can be FAIRLY compared as a mixture of OPETH, KATATONIA (both old and new) and ULVER. This as you should all know is a wonderful thing to be mentioned as comparable to such masters of music.
"Pale Folklore" has a much better and deep feeling atmosphere, more professionally constructed and perfectly executed material as well as some of the best sounding music I've heard in a long time. There is not one moment of this album I was disappointed with, each song flows perfectly in a succession of sweeping moods and emotive music with heartfelt lyrics.
AGALLOCH here have made an album which I feel fans who appreciate both ANATHEMA and KATATONIA in their early and later works would love simply because it provides what those bands didn't. It provides a middle step between the huge leap between styles that those bands took and personally I find it simply breathtaking in its quality.
This album starts with the "She Painted Fire Across The Skyline"-trilogy, each part plays an emotion which changes with the track and blends together perfectly to be convincing of its singular being and not three separate tracks. "Dead Winter Days" is my personal favourite on the album as it highlights all that AGALLOCH do best with catchy new KATATONIA-style riffing combined with old KATATONIA-style vocals.
Written, recorded, preformed and produced perfectly. Surely one can't ask for much more? ... Buy this!!