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Primordial Arcana

by WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM

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Amanda Kauffman Is this their best album? I think it's too soon to tell, given how consistently great they've been since almost day one, but the songwriting and melodic sensibilities on display here are astounding and beautiful and a step up from the already extremely impressive Thrice Woven. The more I listen to this album the more I love it. The best USBM band not named Wayfarer. Favorite track: Masters of Rain and Storm.
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pinkytheent Wow, WITTR really conjure a strong flavor here. There is a lush and permeating texture throughout the record; I am metamorphosed to a fungal cap on a shadowy log, rain pattering around me in the woods at twilight. I love the inclusion of many different instruments and sound samples, all balanced perfectly to build the music into an enveloping cloak rather than smother it. The songs also expertly evoke the titles they bear. A mighty work! Favorite track: Through Eternal Fields.
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<<Alex>> Very dark atmosphere, accompanied by beautiful riffs and music writing. The first time I heard of WITTR was from an old interview, which I found on YouTube, but never actually listened to their stuff (which I deeply regret). Great album. Favorite track: Mountain Magick.
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Two decades into their journey as ritualistic black metal conjurers, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have emerged from the forest with Primordial Arcana, their most majestic album to date, and their first release via Relapse Records.

Primordial Arcana is the band’s first completely self-contained work: In addition to composition and performance, brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver alongside guitarist Kody Keyworth handled all aspects of recording, producing and mixing at their own Owl Lodge Studios in the woods of Washington state.

The album’s title is a reference to the band’s ongoing reach back to the most ancient, archetypal energies.

Leadoff track “Mountain Magick” sets the august tone with alpine guitar melodies cresting skyward in triumph. “Spirit of Lightning” returns briefly to the earthly plane as a tribute to the human connections forged in music. Meanwhile, “Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)” is an explosion of cosmic grandeur, a symphonic rendering of the hermetic maxim As above, so below as envisioned by Keyworth. In fact, Primordial Arcana is the first WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM record in which Kody was a part of the writing process from the start, so it benefits from his background in cosmic funeral doom.

Always uncompromising, Primordial Arcana sees WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM stay true to their unique vision. An album born out of the DIY ethos, Primordial Arcana proves to be the band’s most genuine and focused. One of the year’s most ambitious recordings, Primordial Arcana cements WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s legacy as one of US Black Metal’s most daring, unique, and quintessential bands.

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Two decades into their journey as ritualistic black metal conjurers, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have emerged from the forest with Primordial Arcana, their most majestic album to date. Primordial Arcana is out August 20 on Relapse Records (North America) & Century Media (Europe). ... more

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