Scream for me Acolyte!Review by joanismylover, the third metal attorney.
This is not a review about Agalloch. It is a review of Acolyte's "Alta" release. It is not a a critique of metal vocals or lyrics. I will reference Agalloch to draw a contrast and then launch into a carve out to the general rule that, in metal, vocals don't matter.
Agalloch are generally regarded by critics and metalheads alike as a pioneering "metal" band. (I put metal in quotes because comments from Agalloch place them in the Led Zeppelin "we're not metal" zone). Their albums are routinelly rated as the top metal albums of the year (2010 - Decibel's album of the year) and worthy in the canons of metal history. (The Mantle is in Decibel's Hall of Fame). They play black metal inspired and acoustically driven heavy music. Their songs are pretentious in ambition and scope, but they mostly pull it off. Musically, Agalloch at times are absolutely transcendent. With Agalloch, the listener very much gets the sense of a musical journey through songcraft.