Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
Label: Infinite Vinyl Series - IVS014 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition Clear/Orange Splatter • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Black Metal, Prog Rock, Experimental
Ashes Against the Grain is the third full-length album by American progressive metal band Agalloch Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain , released by The End Records four years after the critically acclaimed The Mantle. It has been described as incorporating post-metalfolk metal and black metal. Following the release of The MantleAgalloch performed their first live shows.
Due to the number of instruments and effects used on that album, the band had to make some changes to the arrangements of the songs so they could be more easily replicated when performed live.
When it came time to record their next album, the band decided that a more stripped down approach was necessary, as they wanted to emulate the feeling of performing live on the new songs. Ashes Against the Grain focused more on electric guitars and metal Dexter Gordon Quartet - Love For Sale, and had less of the neofolk influence that was prominent on The Mantle.
In an interview on the Silence of Forgotten Landscapes DVDJohn Haughm stated that the album was recorded during a time when he had renewed his liking for metal, after taking a break from it and focusing on other musical influences during the Mantle sessions.
Lyrically, Haughm took a more simplistic and abstract approach, in contrast to earlier albums. Haughm had played drums on the previous albums, but for Ashes Against the GrainHaughm wanted to concentrate more on his songwriting and guitar parts, and drummer Chris Greene was brought in. Greene had joined the band when they began playing live inand played drums on all the tracks except for "Falling Snow" and "Not Unlike the Waves".
Greene parted ways Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain Agalloch following their European tour, as the band felt that he was not developing well as a live drummer.
He was replaced by Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker. The recording process was described by the band as "hell from start to finish". A number of production problems were encountered, including a computer glitch which resulted in the Wave files being lost. Despite the band's intention of Ashes being a more stripped-down album, Haughm has since stated that the album sounds "too polished",  and that he prefers the more raw sound of their later album, Marrow of the Spirit.
He has said that Ashes Against Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain Grain is "definitely the worst album we have made". A music video was recorded for the fifth track on the album, "Not Unlike the Waves". It was filmed in the woods near Portland  by cinematographer Juan Mosqueda. Haughm has stated that he is unhappy with the final version of the video, which was very different from the original sketch filmed by Mosqueda.
Mosqueda's sketch featured smooth transitions between shots and what Haughm described as "glacial imagery", which pleased the band. However, the record company insisted on using an abridged version of the song, despite strong opposition from the band, and the final version of the video was heavily edited. We wanted a cinematic video and the editor instead made something which he perceived as 'hip' and 'cool'".
The album was dedicated in memory of Christoph Florian Rehse of Escape the Daywho committed suicide in Before the release, Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain track "Falling Snow" was made available in its entirety on the label's website and on the band's MySpace page.
A pre-release review in the July issue of Toronto -based Exclaim! Three versions of the album were released: a slipcase edition, a deluxe wooden box version limited to copies and a vinyl version limited to copies.
It was pressed in three different colors:. Christmas Medley - Stan Kenton - From The Creative World Of Stan Kenton Comes. A Merry Christmas! album artwork was done by Aslak Tolonen. The band opted not to renew their contract, and chose Profound Lore Records to release their following album, Marrow of the Spirit.
In a interview, Haughm said that conflicts with The End founder Andreas Katsambas possibly having to Then I Saw You Praying - Heartworms - During with the treatment of the "Not Unlike the Waves" video led to their decision not to renew their contract, though he stated that he had nothing personal against Katsambas.
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