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Wolves In The Throne Room – “Celestial Lineage” – [Southern Lord Recordings]

surferrosa   12/6/2011   A Library, CD

Wolves in the Throne Room deliver some good ‘ol Nordic-style, somewhat cinematic/ theatrical, black metal. You will hear plenty blasts beats, cookie monster vocals and screeching heavy metal sounds dense with distortion and saturated fuzz. There is also a healthy dose of dynamic here, so its not all fast and heavy all the time. Tight instrumental breakdowns on most tracks, especially the longer ones (1, 6, 7..). Short tracks (2, 4) serve as ambient, moody interludes to ease the transition from metal to metal. Ethereal, melodic, female vocals are included (1, 5) for dramatic effect, as well as chimes, bells, blowing wind and other sounds. Check out #7 for some nice, stoney, half-time, doominess. Please Note: all tracks segue into each other. This sounds like a bunch of possessed fairies having a demented seance in the haunted forest. Go ahead and play it you dirty filthy metal head. – Surfer Rosa

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