AgallochThe Mantle

Label:The End Records – TE 028
CD, Album
Style:Folk Rock, Doom Metal, Prog Rock, Black Metal


1A Celebration For The Death Of Man...
Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Percussion [Woodchimes]John Haughm
SynthesizerRonn Chick
2In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar [1st Solo], Percussion, Vocals, Lyrics ByJohn Haughm
Electric Guitar, Guitar [Classical, 2nd Solo]Don Anderson
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, E-Bow, Percussion, Percussion [Woodchimes]John Haughm
Bass, Noises [Noisescape]Jason William Walton
Electric Guitar, PianoDon Anderson
4I Am The Wooden Doors
Electric Guitar, Guitar [Classical]Don Anderson
Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Lyrics ByJohn Haughm
5The Lodge
Acoustic Guitar [6 String], Twelve-String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion [Deer Antler]John Haughm
Double BassTy Brubaker
Sampler [Trudging Through Deep Snow]Aaron Sholes, Neta Smollack
6You Were But A Ghost In My Arms
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar [Solo], Percussion, Vocals, Lyrics ByJohn Haughm
Electric GuitarDon Anderson
7The Hawthorne Passage
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar [1st Solo], Percussion, Sampler [Neath Bridges Of Portlandia At Night]John Haughm
Electric Guitar [2nd Solo], PianoDon Anderson
Technician [Sample Assembled By]Ronn Chick
TromboneDanielle Norton
8...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth
Acoustic Guitar [Solo], Electric GuitarDon Anderson
Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Lyrics By [Except Text From Cherokee Folklore]John Haughm
Bells, SynthesizerRonn Chick
Double BassTy Brubaker
TromboneDanielle Norton
9A Desolation Song
Acoustic GuitarDon Anderson
Double Bass, AccordionTy Brubaker
MandolinRonn Chick
Vocals, Lyrics ByJohn Haughm

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"The Mantle" was recorded in several seperate sessions between Nov. '01 and April '02.

Booklet includes lyrics, photographs of the band members, liner notes, and the usual thank-you's.

On the CD itself, a quote:
--"The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship" -R.W. Emerson
On the right side of the spine:
--"We are the wounds..."

The ending sample used in "The Hawthorne Passage" is an excerpt taken from the film "Fando y Lis" by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film itself is based on the play "Fando y Lis" by Spanish Theatre of the Absurd author Fernando Arrabal. The sample starting at 7:47 of the same song comes from the Swedish film "Det sjunde inseglet" ("The Seventh Seal") by Ingmar Bergman.

Packaging: Jewel Case
Total Playing Time: 68 mins, 35 secs

The End Records C&P 2002

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 54436 00282 6
  • Barcode (String): 6 5443600282 6
  • Barcode (Read by scanner): 654436002826
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 3A4J1<7123>TE032 DADR
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L483
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8103
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 3XL91<7123>TE032
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L483
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 8103
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 05TW7<7123>TE032 DADR
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L489
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 8142
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 3XL91<7123>TE032
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI VLX5

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The Mantle (CD, Album)Graugrau IGermany2002
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The Mantle (CD, Album)The End RecordsTE 028US2002
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The Mantle (CD, Album)The End RecordsTE 028US2002
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The Mantle (CD, Album)CD-MaximumCDM 0103-1293Russia2003
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The Mantle (Cassette, Album)О.Ч.З.043 131Bulgaria2003



  • hendejos's avatar
    Absolutely beautiful to be immersed in wintery nature while listening to The Mantle. An album I do not listen to often, but what’s here is perfection and when I do it’s an experience.

    “In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion” is one of my favourite songs of all time. The sense of longing for a destination and finally finding it is so remarkable, and moving. “Odal” is a gorgeous instrumental. “I Am the Wooden Doors” is a driving headbanger including some beautiful melodies and lyrics. “The Lodge” is so icy, vigorous, and powerful. “You Were But A Ghost In My Arms” is hauntingly majestic, that gives me shivers when I hear whispers my name. “The Hawthorne Passage” is quite peaceful and relaxing. “A Celebration For The Death Of Man .. And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth” is crushingly depressing. “A Desolation Song” sounds as a credit roll for the album.

    Over time, I have had many different interpretations of this album and what it’s trying to convey. I’d say it’s as simple as the quote on the CD. Although, the metaphor “Life is a clay urn on the mantle” still messes with me
    • HorsepissSpinnydress's avatar
      So what's the deal with the Grau thing? Did they just decide to print these on their own, or did The End make some licensing deal with Grau and John is upset because he's cut out of it? Bands sign bunk deals all the time and start yelling "bootleg" when labels do stuff like this because they legally can. Doesn't make the stuff bootlegs.
      • the-metallian's avatar
        The "Notes" section states that there is a quote on the CD. However, the image of the CD for this release does not show the quote.
        • expandabear's avatar
          this is a precious jewel of music and is a vast repository for beautiful, reverent emotions
          save for the snowfall


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