Enter the Sepulcher with Wolvserpent and A Story of Rats
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM
(Highline) Straight out of Boise, Idaho, Wolvserpent purvey a very serious strain of stark folk and noisy goth rock, informed by minimalist composition and apparitional drones. At times on their recent album, Perigea Antahkarana (average track length: 20 minutes), Blake Green's distant, guttural male vocals undergird a remorseless guitar turbulence that makes you understand why Relapse Records signed Wolvserpent. At others, the duo (which includes Brittany McConnell) seem to have infiltrated the conservatory with mournful, string-laden airs that seek to out-haunt Dead Can Dance. Kindred Seattle spirits A Story of Rats—who also forge long pieces that embrace gothic folk and epic, grave drones—open. With Addaura.