I read in a review of Ashes Against the Grain, that Agalloch were the best American black metal band and one of the best heavy metal bands playing. I bought that album and then went through their back catalogue.
The way I see it, Agalloch are to black metal what Opeth are to death metal. Both have sort of transcended those genres to something else. In my book, Agalloch are essential metal listening. I think they are in a class of their own.
If you love Agalloch (like I do), then you will love this.
Alright, time to start a flame war....let's do it...
Ashes vs Mantle?