Written By Rich Deckard
Wolves in The Throne Room: Thrice Woven
Wolves In The Throne Room have one of the coolest names in modern metal. Theyre also, I think, the best American Black Metal band.
Now, before all the kvlt, trve guys who wear corpsepaint even when they shop at Wal Mart cry “POSER!!!” and throw flaming bibles at me, let me explain…
Black Metal truly started, not with Venom, but in the grim, frostbitten Scandanavian snowscapes with bands like Bathory, Mayhem, Darkthrone, etc…and their music FELT like it was grim and frostbitten….So it is with Wolves, but from their geographical perspective.
Wolves sounds like an interminable rainy day; a day of grayness, damp, with smoky fires fighting the wet to call out to ancient forest gods long forgotten. Its a feeling, which Black Metal is, instead of mere rhythm and lyrics.
And so it is with their latest record, Thrice Woven. There are guitars, and blast beats and harsh vocals, of course. But there are slow moods, beautiful female vocals and all the ingredients that make them a band thats genuinely unique in this subgenre.
The Pacific Northwest is not the ice and snow of Norway. And the forest there does not call out to Odin….
It calls out to something Other…
This is a great record….and its been raining all day as I post this.