Agalloch Break Up & Cry in Woods

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Agalloch thankfully no longer exists after entering a depressive, suicidal spell over Death Metal Underground’s review of The Mantle. More after the jump.

From their official Facebook page:

Following 20 years, 5 full length albums, many tours around the world, and numerous other recordings, John Haughm and the rest of the band (Don Anderson, Jason Walton, and Aesop Dekker) have parted ways. What the future holds for the separate parties remains undetermined. We collectively thank all of our fans across the world. There are also way too many other people to thank who made this band possible. You know who you are.

Urban lumberjack in charge John Haughm adds:

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.

Hopefully this signals the death knell of the hipster Cascadian “Black Metal” bullshit and Haughm will go cry in the woods and hang himself from a tree. The Death Metal Underground wishes him the best of luck in doing so.

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19 thoughts on “Agalloch Break Up & Cry in Woods”

  1. C.M. says:

    Why do art fags like this guy feel the need to “clarify” their decisions to their fans with uselessly vague language like “it was a mutual decision, it’s all good”? They should just tell it like it is (“I broke up with our drummer because he wouldn’t put the toilet seat down and now seeing eachother during practice is too painful for us”) or just not say anything.

    1. Hanging himself in the woods is the only option to save face.

  2. Ara says:

    I’m not much of a fan of this band, but I am a fan of this site’s academic approach to metal and I found the end of this article to be extremely amateurish. Save wishing people would kill themselves for the comments section, because if the trollish elements of the site seep into the actual news pieces, it’ll be tough to take this place seriously.

    1. Marc Defranco says:

      You really should never take this site seriously at this point.

    2. Gabe Kagan says:

      The vitrolic and sadistic side of DMU is as much a part of DMU’s traditions as its academic side. That’s one reason I liked having Dan around when I was editing the site.

  3. horrible dick and ball torture says:

    Although I enjoyed their debut and demos, they only got worse and their last record was abysmally dull

  4. hypocrite says:

    I’m confused. Was he talking about himself when he said the band’s ‘founding, visionary member’?

    1. Yes he’s a prick.

  5. I blew my head off like Per Ohlin says:

    Is that the Aokigahara forest?

  6. Jori says:

    This is a sad excuse for a site named ‘’. Very little of what is posted here concerns death metal. There seem to be more posts concerned with dissing other bands rather than praising good ones. Do we really need articles explaining why some non-death metal band, or any band, sucks? Why not change the name of the site if this is your main intention?

    Would not your efforts be better served by celebrating the best (particularly within death metal, since that is the name of the site? And not just in the occasional post, you know, between the sadistic reviews and posts about why a non-metal band sucks, but as a primary focus.

    I come back for the occasional in-depth analyses of metal that cannot be encountered anywhere else on the net. But posts like this make you look immature no matter how you want to frame it or justify it.

    It is an absolute joke that you call this

    1. BlackPhillip says:

      Identifying what characteristics and personalities make shitty metal is just as important as breaking down the quality. Just so happens that there is more junk than class.

    2. C.M. says:

      There isn’t enough death metal out there to justify covering the one genre exclusively.

      Sometimes people need to know that/why a band sucks, and they can come here for that, because other websites are far less likely to call a turd a turd (unless the singer says “nigger” in an interview or writes lyrics about killing women).

      Maturity is not so important; honesty is most important.

      1. Mythic Imagination says:

        You’re obviously ignorant of the history of this site, it began as a death metal site but in 2013 moved to covering all relevant metal and related projects.

        1. The site always covered black and relevant heavy and speed metal.

  7. casualreader says:

    I understand the metalhead’s dislike towards Agalloch, but labeling them as hipster posturing band is just ignorant.

    To me,such so-called “sadistic” articles just look like self masturbation, reader should just move on to other academic content instead.

    1. Ludvig B.B (vOddy) says:

      I found their expression genuine on The Mantle, but I still disliked it.

    2. hypocrite says:

      Ha ha, “ignorant”

  8. Fuck academia.

    Metal = bunch of wacky kids in torn jeans screaming in the woods. We all love the music, but trying to make this lifestyle sound too smart and sophisticated is like the new batman movies trying to portray a guy in a suit as serious business. All of ya need a big black cock in your mouth to shut up.

    1. hypocrite says:

      Things can be intelligent and ridiculous at the same time. I think you’ve been the victim of a false dichotomy.

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