Agalloch and Wolves in the Throne Room complement each other in a beautiful way. One puts the accent on black metal, the other on doom. Both embrace nature over man.

I also realized that trying to recommend a best album to start with, from either band, is like assuming there is a best entrance to paradise.

I am listening to Alcest’s Shelter for only the second time. Not only do I like it, I realize it is to Écailles de lune as Opeth’s Damnation is to Deliverance. It is also a reminder of how much to be pitied fans are who only like the “early” albums of a band. They are like a man who says only these parts of the flower are beautiful.

I’m being pulled back to programming. Pray that I never forget philosophy and poetry.