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Nature in auditory form - 95%

Aetheraeon, April 3rd, 2009

The sound of pouring rain, slowing drowned out by the rumbling sound of guitar and bass and the vicious pounding on animal skin. Honestly, there is no better way for Wolves in the Throne Room to have opened their new album “Black Cascade”, because this is exactly what characterises them the most. On the one hand there is a distinct love of nature which seems to permeate the three band members' lives and which is evident from frequently quoted interviews with the band. On the other hand, and much more importantly so, there is the music they create as an artistic vessel, which reflects their ideology as well. “Black Cascade” as a whole comes off as incredibly organic and natural, especially in its warm but roaring guitar tone. It is almost as if it were created by nature itself (as far as one can say that about a product in which human technology is inevitably involved).

The four songs of which “Black Cascade” is comprised are all long, winding and intricate songs, which tend to flow from intense, tremolo picking black metal passages to stretched out droning sections with hypnotising guitar playing and repetitive minimalistic drumming. Another shared aspect is that of an often overwhelming sense of majesty. Call it the awe of natural, if you will, and imagine yourself standing in a vast forest and the sense that can give you of being only a very small element of an incredibly large whole. It is exactly that sense that Wolves in the Throne Room manage to conjure up with their music. Despite all of the shared elements, however, each songs has its own characteristics and at no point does a song sound the same as the previous one.

In recent years Wolves in the Throne Room have gathered a lot of praise and with the release of “Black Cascade” they reaffirm the notion once again that a large part of this praise is well-deserved. The quality of this is simply top notch and there only few bands that can release three albums of such high standard, while still showing signs of progression and development.

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