After 20 years as a band and an extensive Discography Agalloch has parted ways. The official Facebook statement can be found HERE This is a sad day for the metal community and fans alike, so I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the impact that this band has had on me. Agalloch is one of those bands that sticks with you and they most certainly have with me.
I managed to discover them quite randomly with my introduction being “Pale Folklore” and well I was hooked. “Hallways of Enchanted Ebony” has to be one of my favorite songs off the album. Then that was it, I was hungry for more and set off in search of more Agalloch. I spent hours getting lost in the sounds of “The Mantle” and “Ashes Against the Grain” and finally I was able to see them last year for their California appearance. I am so grateful that I was able to experience that show because hearing them live is just as magical as listening to the album itself. I can only wish each member the best with their future endeavors and I will miss this band immensely and I know their music will never leave me.
John Haughm has released the following statement
“After being inundated by a barrage of responses, I feel that I should clarify some things. I take full responsibility for the decision to part ways with the other guys. It was difficult, well thought-out, and something that had been culminating over the past couple of years. I simply could not continue any further with the band as it was. I had to make a change as my motivation and inspiration had started to completely deteriorate. Whether this is the permanent end of Agalloch altogether or a possible fresh start, I don’t know. I probably won’t know for awhile. The band has simply been reduced back to its founding, visionary member for the first time in 20 years. Beyond that, the future is unknown”.
– J. Haughm