Wolves in the Throne Room   Primordial Arcana
3.9
excellent
Release Date: 2021
Tracklist

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4.0 excellentXenophanes EMERITUS | August 22nd 21

Feels so good to jam an occult-sounding black metal album with comfort in knowing it isnt fashy

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4.0 excellentAdam Grumpy CONTRIBUTOR | August 20th 21

Best Wolves In The Throne Room release, without a doubt. They managed to mix their earlier sound and their more modern sound, which resulted in a synergy. This turned out to a bit folkish, bit heavier (the similarities to the punchiest Scandinavian riffs are very obvious), yet a very modern-sounding release (hats off for the great production). However, sometimes it felt they could have cut some of these songs shorter and add one or two other songs, because in my opinion there were some clear filler parts in songs like "Through Eternal Fields" and "Underworld Aurora", for example. And as the most positive thing: the song "Masters of Rain and Storm" near perfection! Probably their very best song too? Also, I'm happy they closed the album with an enchanting ambient piece. I'm satisfied.

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4.5 superbDarkNoctus | August 15th 21

this is absolutely the most spacious and atmospheric wolves in the throne room have ever been. it's true that i miss the raw intensity of their first three records, but having the massive soundscapes more gracefully intertwined with the black metal makes this a wittr album many have been waiting for - absolutely no contrast between the visceral heavy black metal and the ambient soundscapes. they have truly become one on this album, and the result is the maturation of wittr's sound we've arguably been waiting a decade for.

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3.5 greatThe Aspie Fantastie | October 12th 21

Mostly a standard fare WitTR album, actually. Kicks ass, sure. But all par for the course.

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3.5 greatrage11111ro | September 4th 21

Sounds fresh, sounds like a big band (and saying this as a compliment) I wish I could immerse myself better into it but I somewhat feel I am not getting the full concept and magic. Not yet.

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4.5 superbcharlopiano | September 1st 21

I would love to go back in time and tell my younger self (who only listened to 80's pop, rap and 2000's alt-rock) and tell him that his favorite record of 2021 would be a death metal album, he would flip shit.

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2.5 averageLichtbringer | August 29th 21

Thought this might be a great one after the first track. Nope, it's boring.

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4.5 superbErwann S. CONTRIBUTOR | August 20th 21

Oh yeah BRING BACK THE CASCADES BABYYYYYY. Their best record since Two Hunters, Primordial Arcana fuses the more natural aspect of their soundscape (these first two minutes of "Underworld Aurora" goddamn) with well-integrated synths elevating the whole lot to Lustre levels of whimsical - bet nobody listened to Lustre but idc. Now let's send this babe to BNM. 4.1 Edit: woah it already is BNM-certified, whaddaday. EditPiaf: damn it's better with each listen. 4.3

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