agalloch - pale folklore

Agalloch: Pale Folklore (1999)

The first thing I remember thinking was, “This is black metal?  It’s so slow!”  I was still dipping a tentative toe into whatever “extreme” metal was, and after some hesitant purchases into the genre, starting with Cradle of Filth’s Dusk and Her Embrace and Emperor’s Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk I approached Agalloch expecting something similar.  What I got in Pale Folklore was something completely different: metal that reaches into both post-rock and black metal to pull together a tapestry of ideas incorporating folk, doom, and everything in between.  Continue reading “Agalloch: Pale Folklore (1999)”

Adrian Legg: High Strung Tall Tales (1994)

I had the great benefit and privilege to be surrounded by a lot of diverse music growing up.  In high school my two closest friends were a pair of brothers who grew up playing classical piano and jazz guitar.  But their hearts were always also in rock and roll, and it was there I developed the bug for guitar after listening to everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Yngwie J. Malmsteen to Jim Hall, Andre Segovia, and Adrian Legg, whose High Strung Tall Tales provides possibly the best overall document to introduce someone to one of the greatest guitar players I’ve ever heard. Continue reading “Adrian Legg: High Strung Tall Tales (1994)”