I’ve come up with some crazy combinations of metal and beer over the last several weeks, and this week is going to be no different. At least on the surface. But there is a definitive connection between the two items I’m consuming this evening, something I’ll be getting into shortly. The styles may clash, but there is an overlapping inspiration. Well, for me. And as usual, that’s all that matters. I have things to do (no I don’t), so I’m going to kill the intro here. The Metal: Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit. The Booze: Moat Mountain Brewing Company’s Miss V’s Blueberry. Continue reading →
So if this news wasn’t worth a Daily ‘Bang post, I don’t know what else would be. NPR has just posted a stream of The Serpent & The Sphere, the upcoming album from Portland folk-black metal heroes Agalloch–a band Corey and I will be seeing for the third and second time, respectively, at Maryland DeathFest later this month, and a band very, very near and dear to our hearts.
The Serpent and the Sphere comes three-and-a-half years after the band’s landmark fourth album, Marrow of the Spirit, and almost two after their stunning, 21-minute follow-up single, “Faustian Echoes.” (I almost feel cheap using labels like this because at this point, pretty much everything this band does feels like “a landmark” or “stunning;” it’s just a formality at this point.) Suffice it to say, it’s been far too long since Agalloch last graced us with their presence and as such, there’s little doubt that The Serpent & The Sphere will be the talk of the metal blogosphere before long–regardless of its quality.
Corey and I won’t be discussing this one on the podcast until its official release next week, but in the meantime, take a listen here to prepare yourselves.