Album Review: WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – ‘Thrice Woven’ [Album Stream]

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I’m going to be perfectly blunt: American black metal bands aren’t supposed to be this damn good. While black metal is a dark, brooding, and relentless musical style that has cultivated a reverential following in Europe, it’s also a genre that truly lacks a thriving North American music scene that is comparative to bay area thrash metal or Floridian death metal, and great American black metal bands are few and far between.

Thankfully, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM is one of those rare and exceptional black metal bands from the good ole US of A who have attained a level of excellency rivaling that of their European counterparts. After over a decade since releasing their punishing yet atmospheric debut ‘Diadem Of 12 Stars’ in 2006, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have unveiled their newest record ‘Thrice Woven’: an album that is a masterpiece of thematic musicianship that intellectually moves the listener into a spellbinding trance from start to finish. Sure, it’s not necessarily news to say that WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have crafted a truly excellent album (again), but even at just five tracks in length, it still needs to be said that vocalist/guitarist Nathan Weaver, vocalist/guitarist Kody Keyworth, and drummer Aaron Weaver have created an album of the highest quality.

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Announce Nationwide Tour, Debut New Track Angrboda [Song Stream]

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American black metal juggernaut WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM are gearing up for a supersized nationwide tour this fall to promote their new album ‘Thrice Woven’. Beginning on September 29th in Boise, Idaho, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will be pummeling American audiences with their brand of extreme yet atmospheric black metal in venues located in Brooklyn, Atlanta, and many more!

Hit the jump for the full list of tour dates and to hear a stream of WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’S newly released track Angrboda! The song exemplifies everything great about the band’s ferocious sound that splices the utter brutality of black metal with the ambiance of a synthesized John Carpenter-esque soundtrack. Angrboda is a great track for longtime WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM fans and for those dabbling in the band’s high quality discography for the first time. Check it out below.

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Unveil Music Video For “Born From The Serpent’s Eye”

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Since their inception in 2002, over the course of 5 studio albums and hundreds of live performances, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have refracted Black Metal through their own cascadian prism.  Their songs explore the hidden world of magic that one accesses through dreams, visions and music and the resulting sounds are intimately linked to the wild lands of the Pacific Northwest.  Now, a portal into the dreamworld of WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM opens again with their forthcoming sixth LP, ‘Thrice Woven‘ –  a glorious return to the blazing and furious Black Metal that they alone can create.  Today, the band has unveiled a magical new music video for a segment of the album’s first single, “Born from the Serpent’s Eye.”

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State Of The Art: Washington – Wolves in the Throne Room

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*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s State is Washington!

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One of my all time favorite black metal acts, Wolves in the Throne Room make their home in the misty forests of Olympia, Washington.  Brothers Nathan and Aaron Weaver have been playing stellar ambient black metal epics since 2003, and released their first full length in 2006 with “Diadem of 12 Stars“. This album really made people reconsider what made black metal “BLACK METAL“.   WIITR effortlessly juxtapose haunting ambient and choral passages with the usual blasting and tremolo riffing that BM is so well known for. The addition of waterfalls, wind blowing, and other sounds one would hear whilst traveling across the Cascade Mountains bring life to a genre of music that is most often associated with the cold and the dead. Continue reading