Wolves In The Throne Room
Two Hunters


5.0
classic

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (180 Reviews)
October 29th, 2015 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Deep Cascade Of Sensational Black Metal.

Eight years after this exquisite album’s release and Wolves In The Throne Room still remain rooted in the underground metal scene. Perhaps that’s where they belong" Deep in the caves of Washington they observe the works of other bands with apathy while waiting for the right time to strike any prey with their own music. In their patience and secrecy the very music they create has a predatory tone too it. Determined and fixated, Wolves In The Throne Room attack you with a rabid ferocity that is not matched by any other known black metal bands. Even the sheer title of “Two Hunters” embraces its animalistic temperament.

'Dia Artio' sets a perfect divine tone to the album as oceanic waves of ambience glide around intermittent drum beats and twinkling guitar harmonics. These sublime elements are distinctly black metal however it showcases the band play by their own rules and their own celestial manner. The first onslaught begins a cohesive black metal stampede. ‘Vastness And Sorrow’ lashes out with terrifying rage as the Weaver brothers screech above a sonic wall of pounding drums and bombardment of tremolo guitar increases the level of grandiosity in his deathly lyrics. It’s a long song, standing at 12 minutes long; however there are no moments of apathy within as the dynamics of the song shift into different fast paced structures. With most atmospheric black metal, the crescendos are centralised around subtle changes in speed or inclusion of instruments; with ‘Vastness And Sorrow’ the focus is “play fast or play faster”. The swirling speed of the musicians heightens the majestic tone until they reach an imposing climax for the last minute of the song that leaves you breathless and practically emotionally-compromised.

In the name of progression, Wolves in The Throne Room are not afraid to experiment with new elements. Jessica Kinney’s guest vocals provide an astral atmosphere in ‘Cleansing’ above another interlude of sonic transcendence. It flatters you into a false sense of security and lulls you into the eye of the ensuing chaos. Trembling guitars and blast beating drums introduce themselves once again. The fact there are less riffs in this album allow the brothers to focus on a dominant wall of sound until each instrument is washed away to expose the pulsating chords.

‘I Will Lay Down My Bones Among The Rocks And Roots’ is probably the song that is most in touch with nature. A glimpse of light shatters the bleak music that preceded it. Its not until a direct blast of guitars that you are reminded that Wolves In The Throne Room play metal, not post rock. By mixing synth with raw aggressive music, the duo creates an existential dimension to the song. On one plane is the raw and aggressive tone and on another spectrum is a gentle thrum of meditative ambience. When both collide in a slow- burned climax, the result is a conception of a devouring splendour.

The vigour of ‘Two Hunters’ is its ability to resemble real life and emotion sensations. Each chord is energising yet weakening; every shriek is upsetting or comforting. The soundscapes created map a harmonious yet conflicting setting of ardour and anger.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
zaruyache
October 29th 2015


18850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the vinyl track "To Reveal" is fantastic, too. And so is the longer version of "Cleansing."



but: "showcases the band with play by their own rules"



"with" is typo?





Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2015


10266 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Eight years after this exquisite album’s release and Wolves In The Throne Room still remain rooted in the underground metal scene"



not sure that's necessarily true considering their last record



always good to see more love for this album

Hawks
October 29th 2015


55562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think this is a classic like most people, but still rules so hard. Nice review. m/

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DungeonBoy
October 29th 2015


4058 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nah dude, this is classic. lol, but I respect your opinion on Black Cascade, that album is amazing.

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Hawks
October 29th 2015


55562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Black Cascade and Diadem both beat this easily for me. But I wouldn't disagree with people thinking this is classic because a lot of people do.

Artuma
October 29th 2015


29379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is easily the best wittr

SCREAM!
October 29th 2015


15405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"not sure that's necessarily true considering their last record"



One record experimenting with ambient doesn't suddenly negate the 4 that came before it

SCREAM!
October 29th 2015


15405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is definitely my fave of their's as well

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2015


10266 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well i just meant that with that album they aren't really rooted in underground metal now, idk

Hawks
October 29th 2015


55562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Celestite is a pretty sweet album now that you guys mention it. A lot of people don't dig it, but I enjoy it pretty hard.

SCREAM!
October 29th 2015


15405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"well i just meant that with that album they aren't really rooted in underground metal now, idk"



If they were planning a complete metamorphosis à la Ulver I could understand not wanting to associate them with underground bm anymore (although given that 80+% of their catalogue is metal I still think we'd have to wait a bit to really justify it). But since, as far as I know, it was a one off and they still plan to do BM, they definitely still are a metal band and should be treated as such

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2015


10266 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

have they said they'll be returning to black metal? that makes me hype



yea celestite is good

Artuma
October 29th 2015


29379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

celestite is kinda meh. it doesn't really go anywhere

Tunaboy45
October 29th 2015


16105 Comments


I really need to check this

elcrawfodor
October 29th 2015


1264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tuna check the last song at least, sure it's half the record but it's like the best song for this time of year

romulanrancor
October 29th 2015


7407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

\m/

jesterhead92
October 29th 2015


4416 Comments


Diadem is my favorite but everything they've done is great. I think Black Cascade and Celestial Lineage are underrated.

MistaCrave
October 29th 2015


2486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, this album rules. Yeah, I agree with Hawks. I don't think that this is quite as classic as everybody else, but it still rips nonetheless.

zaruyache
October 29th 2015


18850 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cascade is but Lineage isn't. Lineage was hella clunky with all those interludes (Sunbather cough cough), and the tracks themselves felt rather disjointed like they were having a hard time holding together. And then the last track is a 10-minute build-up to nothing :/

jesterhead92
October 29th 2015


4416 Comments


Get that Sunbather comparison out of here you bastard

I disagree though, I thought Celestial Lineage was great and it felt pretty natural to me.



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