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Monday, October 6, 2008

Tonight in Music: Wolves in the Throne Room

posted by on October 6 at 9:04 AM

Wolves in the Throne Room - “Cleansing” (live)
Wolves in the Throne Room, Fauna
(Vera Project) Olympia’s Wolves in the Throne Room have been tilling farmland and writing extreme music for years, finally creating a singed masterwork with Two Hunters. To call the band post–black metal isn’t completely fair, because when they want to get cult they throw down curdled screams and blitzing guitars just like their Norwegian stepfathers. But when the band’s songs expand, they shift into bent post-rock melodies instead of fruity symphonics or serial-killer samples. This is the same attitude they bring to their live show, abandoning the theatrics of gauntlets and pentagrams for a jarring, blackened DIY performance. Wolves in the Throne Room aren’t the saviors of black metal; they’re just showing it still has a furious pulse. SHANE MEHLING

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