Wolves in the Throne Room
If I may borrow from Conan O’Brien’s S.A.T. analogy jokes, Wolves in the Throne Room is to black metal what Giant Squid is to System of a Down-style heavy, radio rock. Two Hunters is epic and brutal but those seeking a Norwegian-style, church-burning good time will be disappointed. To put it another way, Wolves in the Throne Room deconstruct black metal by sticking to the tenants of the genre while putting its own unique spin on them. Many of the riffs and progressions on Two Hunters seem influenced by Bathory although they don’t actually sound like Bathory.
More than just the Bathory influence, Two Hunters is informed by the forefathers and standard bearers of black metal but the album in no way sounds retro or old-school. By respecting the music, Wolves in the Throne Room has achieved a timeless quality. The samples and electronics used on “Cleansing” are reminiscent of Neurosis. The term post-black metal doesn’t fit what Wolves in the Throne Room is doing. Two Hunters is the next step in the evolution of black metal. It’s not post- anything.
Wolves in the Throne Room – Two Hunters
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