Through the course of five albums plus the usual EPs and odds-and-ends,
Portland's Agalloch carved a rather unique career for themselves,
becoming a pioneer in the sort of laid-back, post-metal style that has
become prevalent in recent times.
Never an easy band to pigeonhole, one could find traces of doom, folk,
black, and melancholic dark metal throughout their repertoire, always
with a high degree of quality and depth.
They initially formed in 1995 and became a core member of the early
with whom they shared membership, though they didn't play live until
well into their career (their first gig was in 2003).
By 2016, frayed relationships began to take their toll, and
after three of the members left the band that year, sole remaining
member and founder John Haughm announced the group's permanent breakup.
Those three went on to create
while Haughm regrouped and formed
both bands debuted with promising albums, yet neither survived longer than
that, as both were done by 2019.