2016 has been a rough year. Without warning, and with some debate as to whether or not it would become a one man project, atmospheric black metal band Agalloch split up earlier this year. Don Anderson (guitarist), Jason Walton (bassist), Aesop Dekker (drummer), and Aaron John Gregory (vocalist) went on to form Khorada, leaving frontman John Haughm on his own. This was an unsurprising move considering the breakup seemed to be the entire band against Haughm.
This doesn’t mean that Haughm hasn’t disappeared from the scene. With Stephen Parker (Maestus, ex-Arkhum) and Trevor Matthews (Uada, ex-Infernus), Haughm has formed his new band Pillorian and will be releasing its debut album, ‘Obsidian Arc’ on March 10 through Eisenwald.
Pillorian describes itself as a band who incorporates “haunting melodies with avantgarde structures, dark folk elements and blackened walls of furious sound.” A promising statement.