USA, 2006, post-metal
Agalloch – Ashes Against the Grain: I just happened to be walking past a graveyard on a hot August morning when this album popped up in random rotation, and it got me thinking about how the Japanese bury their dead. See, here in Japan, they cremate their dead and keep the ashes in urns in family grave plots, but they don’t burn the bodies down all the way to smooth ash. Just most of the way. I guess 99%. Because once the cremation process is done, family members are given chopsticks and invited to sift through the ashes for choice bone fragments to keep and honor during the obon holidays, which are mid-August (so right around the corner from the time of this listening). The doom metal, the black metal, and even the dark folk are all part of this post-metal cremation mix.