On May 13 — next Tuesday for those checking the calendar — Portland black metal band Agalloch will release The Serpent & The Sphere, their follow-up to 2010’s Marrow of the Spirit, via Profound Lore. It’s a characteristically ambitious and big album for the group, blending all the folk-metal, post-rock, black metal and other unique influences that have been a part of the band’s DNA since day one. In other words, if it’s an Agalloch album you seek, it’s an Agalloch album that you’re going to get; not that the band is repeating themselves in any way, of course.
And you can find out for yourself just exactly what Agalloch is up to on this album, because NPR’s First Listen is streaming the album in full right now. Listen to the Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere stream here.
Agalloch’s Marrow of the Spirit is included on our list of 10 Essential Profound Lore Albums.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.