Agalloch are a Portland, Oregon-based band who have been throwing folk and black metal into a blender for almost two decades. Their fifth album, The Serpent & The Sphere, is now primed for release on May 13th, and you can hear a track from it right now. Stream "Celestial Effigy" above.
Led by Don Anderson's always-thrilling guitar acrobatics, "Celestial Effigy" is a multi-part epic that includes Isis-style post-metal, blast beat fury, and a triumphant climax that cuts Anderson loose for a "mind-blowing guitar solo." The song clocks in at just under seven minutes, which is actually on the shorter side by Agalloch's standards, but they manage to cram in enough twists and turns to captivate listeners throughout. Vocalist John Haughm sounds demonic as ever when rasping about a "dark celestial voice of wisdom," among other similarly-Rust Cohle-esque mindfucks, and makes "Celestial Effigy" exponentially darker with his presence.
There's no pre-order up yet for The Serpent & The Sphere, but keep tabs on Profound Lore Records' official website for updates.