The Mantle

The Mantle

Infobox Album
Name = The Mantle
Type = studio
Artist = Agalloch

Released = start date|2002|8|13
Recorded = November 2001–April 2002
Genre = Folk metal
Black metal
Doom metal
Length = 68:25
Label = The End (#TE-028)
Producer = Ronn Chick, John Haughm
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [ link]
* "Dusted" (favorable) [ link]
Last album = "Of Stone, Wind and Pillor"
This album = "The Mantle"
Next album = "Tomorrow Will Never Come"

"The Mantle" is the second album by American folk band Agalloch. The album was released on August 13, 2002 by The End Records.

Taking a more mellow tone than Agalloch's first full-length, "Pale Folklore", "The Mantle" still contains heavy electric guitar riffs as well as acoustic guitar portions. Present as well are long and melancholic cello sequences, such as on the instrumental track "The Lodge".

On March 28, 2005, Profound Lore Records released a double LP version of "The Mantle" on grey-colored vinyl. Limited to 500 copies, it also featured exclusive cover artwork.

Track listing

#"A Celebration for the Death of Man…" – 2:24 (instrumental)
#"In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion" – 14:44
#"Odal" – 7:38 (instrumental)
#"I Am the Wooden Doors" – 6:10
#"The Lodge" – 4:39 (instrumental)
#"You Were but a Ghost in My Arms" – 9:13
#"The Hawthorne Passage" – 11:17 (instrumental)
#"…and the Great Cold Death of the Earth" – 7:13
#"A Desolation Song" – 5:07

Film clips

*A section of "The Hawthorne Passage" (timestamp 7:48 - 7:51) includes a sound clip from the Swedish movie "The Seventh Seal":

Antonius Block: Vem är du?
Döden: Jag är döden.
The official translation is:
Antonius Block: Who are you?
Death: I am Death.

*The last few seconds of "The Hawthorne Passage" feature an excerpt of the film "Fando y Lis" in Spanish.
Lis (singing): Yo moriré y nadie se acordará de mí. De mí… Fando: Sí Lis, yo me acordaré de tí e iré a verte al cementerio con una flor y un perro, y en tu funeral cantaré, en voz baja, "¡Que bonito es un entierro!"
Translated to English, the excerpt reads:
Lis (singing): I will die and no one will remember me. Me…
Fando: Yes Lis, I will remember you and I will go see you in the cemetery with a flower and a dog, and at your funeral I will sing, softly, "Burials are so beautiful!"

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