July 12th, 2012 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Agalloch have just released the longest song they have ever recorded — the 21-minute “Faustian Echoes” based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s literary masterpiece Faust — and on this tour, they’ve promised to do something equally special. In each city, Agalloch have hand-selected local acts to help open their show — and in the times when no fitting band was found, the band decided to play an even longer set. In Seattle, Eight Bells and Taurus opened; Eight Bells with their ambient and black metal-driven sounds, and Taurus with a frightful drone-sludge ambiance about them. But the show was all about Agalloch the whole time.
There are few bands that have received as much consistently critical acclaim as Agalloch does. The band’s last full-length, Marrow of the Spirit, landed all over top albums of 2010 lists. With a solid two-hour chunk set aside for Agalloch’s interesting take on folk and black metal, the band played an exhaustive set list from all over their catalog. As a general rule of thumb, metal bands are tight live, and Agalloch is no different. But the gentlemen were consummate professionals as they played right through constant monitor issues without skipping a beat — a tough bout considering there are a lot of beats in every one of their eight-minute songs.
– John Haughm, Pitchfork interview