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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
BLACK CASCADE
SOUTHERN LORD

Throwback Pacific Northwestern trio Wolves in the Throne Room apply old fashioned recording techniques as well as the unit's avid spiritual connection to nature to achieve black metal bliss on their latest four-track, 45-minute atmospheric excursion BLACK CASCADE. Using vintage gear to capture the rich tones protruding from the guitars on cuts like "Ex Cathedra", this album's majestic aura and dazzling ambient shifts prevail thanks to this recording being made on 2-inch tape, a method allowing the instruments to resonate with the depth and warmth digital cannot replicate. Reawakening the soul with a stirring blend of pagan ritual and melancholic malevolence, BLACK CASCADE reveals a desperate cry to return back to a simpler life sans the value systems of modern society under a backdrop of tremolo-picked guitar and crashing drum mayhem.
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