WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
Pacific Northwestern trio Wolves in the Throne Room present a refreshing stripped to the bone aesthetic on their richly textured four-track disc TWO HUNTERS. While there's no shortage of double bass drum barrages or menacing black metal fretwork, this act digs deeper in order to properly flesh out the tranquility woven in between acerbic cuts like "Vastness and Sorrow", allowing the listener a wider range of emotion to associate with on cuts like the female vocal-led intro that adorns "Cleansing". It also doesn't hurt that this group, unlike many of their peers, live on a commune where not only are they truly embedded in all of the glories and dangers nature has to offer, but also rely solely on the land to survive for food and sustenance. How's that for getting medieval on your ass? With a pagan mindset in full swing while displaying musical expansiveness which knows no bounds, this avant-garde troupe remains true to the black metal genre, yet throw demons and corpsepaint aside and focus on Earth's raw power to exalt via song.