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Tales from Bandcamp: A Few Nature Metal Albums I Quite Like


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat exactly is ‘nature metal’?  I don’t know, it’s just a label I slap on stuff that has heavy themes of nature either in the lyrics or music itself.  Often it turns out to be some kind of trippy black metal band, but I don’t just restrict it to that.  Today being Earth Day and all I thought I’d post about some albums I really enjoy from this ‘genre’ as it is one of my favorite subgenres of metal.

Since I like Bandcamp a lot as well and thick everyone should be buying from there, I am restricting this post to records that are available there as well as streamable in full so you guys can give them as listen.  Also, one record per band and stuff that is somewhat modern.  If you have any ‘nature metal’ albums you’d like to recommend to me, please, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Tales From Bandcamp: Marrow of the Spirit by Agalloch


460468120-1Since I’ve already reviewed this album and spoke about it quite a few times, I’ll just be the lazy shit I am and tell you to click here to read my review if you want to know my thoughts on Marrow of the Spirit by Agalloch (pro-tip: it’s a positive review).  Anywho, they now have the record up on Bandcamp, and if you have yet to give it a listen, I implore you to do so.  It’s a damn fine record and also one of my all time favorite albums.  So, Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Full Album (err, EP) Stream: Faustian Echoes by Agalloch


Ever since I laid my ears on the masterpiece The Mantle by North American black metal band Agalloch they thrust themselves into the top echelon of my favorite bands.  Their ability to get such deep feelings of nature and the Earth into their music is pure bliss to my ears.  While many of their lyrics deal with melancholy, sorrow, and loss there is a feel to the music that radiates with beauty, hope, and love creating a wonderful balance of emotions.

They have just released a new E.P. and made it available for all to hear.  Faustian Echoes takes inspiration from the literary masterwork, Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and features some of the heaviest and darkest music Agalloch has written to date.  Recorded as a single track passing the 20 minute mark there is a lot to absorb and listen to in this E.P.  I really enjoy the voice-overs reading sections ofFaust in between the different suites of the tune.  They really add to the narrative of the tune and give it a darker and more intense feel.  But enough talk.  Crank up your radio, zone out, and escape to the world of Agalloch.  Let us know what you thought in the comments.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!