Svart Crown
Wolves Among The Ashes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (347 Reviews)
February 16th, 2020 | 14 replies


Release Date: 02/07/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An empire burned and ashes arise…

I’ve always considered Svart Crown’s Profane a take on a poor man’s Ulcerate that brings in a few elements from other influences (Behemoth comes to mind here) to help mold their deathly advance into the extreme metal scene. For the most part this loose description has worked for me; identifying the parts of Svart Crown’s music that I found interesting or profound while balancing out those occasionally lack-lustre moments that came with the territory of death metal that leans on some vague black metal-isms. The group’s 2017 effort, Abreation took the band’s Witnessing The Fall and Profane and opened up their sonic palette to a world where Svart Crown could develop into an amalgamation of quality genre-bending death metal.

Wolves Among The Ashes is an ambitious release that begins to separate Svart Crown’s past releases to its current state of being. Even at a first glance it’s pretty clear that Svart Crown’s newest is a varied, evolving release. At times their brand of death metal becomes progressive as they hop around black metal, hardcore and some of the most typical death metal you’ll hear this side of 2010. But neither does Wolves Among The Ashes conform to a simple hybridization of blackened death metal. After a short introductory piece, “Thermageddon” blast beats its way into a driving saunter. The mood becomes instantly frenetic as riff blurs into bass and lead alike, slamming the listener with a quick, proverbial wall of sound and in direct comparison to the band’s previous album, Abreation, Wolves Among The Ashes is more singular taking their sounds on a track by track basis - rather than wrapping the album in a singular instrumental motif. The album’s initial implied freneticism however isn’t Svart Crown’s only 2020 draw card. After what could only be considered a “Thermageddon'' beat down, “Art Of Obedience” and “Blessed Be The Fools” relaxes into a welcoming groove, relying on a more accessible yet completely dissonant driven riff fest and in turn bridges the gaps between some of metal’s more extreme visage.

Svart Crown’s newfound ability to change gears throughout Wolves Among The Ashesbrings a few new dimensional soundscapes into the light; of particular note is the unmistakably massive Gojira vibes during the mid-paced onslaught of “Blessed Be The Fools”. It’s these shifts in tonality that reinforce a semi-profound song-writing song structuring, if only allowing for some of the group’s slight identity issues some room for freedom. It’s these moments that create a level of disparity between greatness and middle-some mediocrity, a line not so easily defined in modern death metal. Wolves Among The Ashes is not so easily lumped in with either crowd as its rewards come from repeated listens. The career trajectory shown by Svart Crown’s more recent releases showed many indications that Wolves Among The Ashes would build on the oft misplaced, lofty expectations of Abreation and for that, Svart’s 2020 effort is a substantial step in the right direction. Overall, Svart has brought a foundation of releases gone by and progressively tightened a grip on a now interesting, semi-profound soundscape - made real by some insubstantial flaws.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2020


12944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm probably seeing/hearing a bit more here than the average death metal fan. I'd decimal rate this at a healthy 3.8/5.

parksungjoon
February 16th 2020


22266 Comments


never listened to this band before, but you certainly make it sound interesting

great writeup as usual, mindpos

Digging: Have Mercy (MD) - Armageddon Descends

NightOnDrunkMountain
February 16th 2020


137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I understand your point of view, well said.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2020


15146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm glad you loved this. Great stuff

Digging: Undeath - Lesions of a Different Kind

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2020


12944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Profane was such a jam back in the day, there was no way I was going to let it go idle,

DDDeftoneDDD
February 19th 2020


14002 Comments


where the 4.5s? X(
will check this eventually

Digging: Wake - Confluence

Essence
February 19th 2020


6417 Comments


it's okay

DungeonBoy
February 19th 2020


7968 Comments


Profane was an awesome follow up to Witnessing the Fall, but man Colosseum from WTF (lol) shreds face. From what I've heard of this new one, it's okay so far, maybe it will grow

NightOnDrunkMountain
February 19th 2020


137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Ascetic Purification" played right before "At the Altar of Beauty" in my music player and the difference in intensity is so obvious, and to think that the latter is one of the strong points of Wolves Among the Ashes.

sharkparty
February 19th 2020


5 Comments


did they steal this artwork from circle of contempt lol

DungeonBoy
February 19th 2020


7968 Comments


who? Also fun fact, it's a Dehn Sora cover. Dude is releasing some top notch stuff these days

Dimorphic
February 19th 2020


1316 Comments


Why does this band have 1 Norwegian word and 1 English word in its name... Looks fully tryhard tbh.

Flugmorph
February 23rd 2020


23292 Comments


art of obedience löppt

FR33L0RD
June 17th 2020


3005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, agreed, great band, excellent LP, imo. Great jam.



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