It’s been 3 years since Wolves in the Throne Room ’s last album “Celestite” and 6 since their last black metal one, “Celestial Lineage”. “The Thrice Woven” was a long awaited release and takes us back to their pre Celestite sonority. The band moves from an ambiental galactic scenario to return to the Cascadian landscapes full of mountains and woodlands.
The Thrice Woven opens with “Born from the Serpent’s Eye”, a song that demonstrates what kind of album we have ahead of us. It starts with folk alike acoustic guitar chords which are soon replaced by a burst of bold and heavy black metal riffs mainly backed by blast beats. Halfway into this track the heavy riffs suddenly cease, creating a mood swing where we are blissed with the beautiful and ethereal voice of the guest vocalist Anna Von Hausswolff. This calm moment ends as suddenly as it started and we’re faced with a wall of heavy and drone slow riffs. After listening to the album, one is easily tempted to consider “Born from the Serpent’s Eye” as the magnum opus of this album that mirrors the quintessence of Wolves in the Throne Room.
The “The Old Ones are with Us”, is also a very complete work, counting with the collaboration of Steve von Till (Neurosis singer and guitarist). The song begins with his deep voice alongside an acoustic guitar performance, giving it a folk, ritualistic and esoteric atmosphere. This feeling is accentuated by the pagan and nature-related theme in the lyrics. Here we can also find a soft neofolk and post apocalyptic influence. Which makes us realize one of the most remarkable features of this band: the ability to harmoniously combine elements of distinct music genres in their eclectic black metal and dark atmosphere.
“Angrboda” and “Fires roar in the Palace of the Moon” are the most aggressive and heavy songs of this full lenght. Nonetheless, we can still find in them that atmospheric vibe that gives Wolves in the Throne Room its identity. The presence of the synthesizer interludes (Kody Keyworth) play a major role here, showing us how much the band learned with their experimental work in Celestite.
Although there’s some discord and dissatisfaction related to this record, with some fans claiming that it sounds monotonous and sloppy, this is a very mature work. It clearly shows the band’s ability to put together many distint elements of what they’ve learned so far.
With “Thrice Woven”, Wolves in the Throne Room attempts to restore its musical identity, proving they didn’t forget their origins. Nonetheless, it is uncertain which path Wolves in the Throne Room are planning to tread in the future.
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