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Agalloch, Taurus 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., July 20, 10 p.m. 2012

Portland band Agalloch represent a lot of what I like best about the American metal renaissance—their music is an elaborately wrought chain of black, folk, and progressive elements, with nary a weak link in sight. Their 2010 album Marrow of the Spirit (Profound Lore) was one of my favorites of the year, and though a full-length follow-up is still a ways off, they've just self-released an EP called Faustian Echoes. (The LP and CD versions are available only at shows until this tour is over.) It consists of a single track more than 21 minutes long, whose cinematic and melancholy rendition of the Faust tale tries to capture in sound the grandeur of the language of Marlowe and Goethe (the spoken-word bits are from Goethe). To my ears the journey from beginning to end takes me through at least six different songs, and each is a little taste of something that I'd have loved to hear for much longer. But there's no need to feel cheated by the EP's brevity—Agalloch have promised fat set lists on this trip, and plan to play for 120 minutes whenever they can get away with it. —Monica Kendrick Taurus opens.

Price: $15

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