Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wolves In The Throne Room - Malevolent Grain

Wolves In The Throne Room - A Looming Resonance

If you've already heard Wolves In the Throne Room's last full length, Two Hunters, then you're obviously a fan. And if you're already a fan, then you need this. For the uninitiated, let me initiate. Wolves In The Throne Room are awesomely epic, mostly black metal. Think of them as the BM band for the non-BM-lovers.

Malevolent Grain is a vinyl only EP, kind of like a little treat before their next full length, Black Cascade, comes out in March. Each side has a single track and they're both fucking amazing.

The A side, "A Looming Resonance," is so so so beautiful. Jamie Meyers (of Hammers Of Misfortune) guests and does vocal duty on the song. Holy shit. I would not have expected this chick to sound good singing over buzzing black metal but WOW. It is unbelievably gorgeous. Almost makes me wish that WITTR would take her hostage and force her to sing on all their songs. Almost.

Then you flip the record and "Hate Crystal" comes on, reminding you why Wolves are fucking perfect the way they are. Yeah, Meyers sounded good, but you really can't let lead singer Nathan Weaver go that easily. Not that he makes the band, per se, he just completes it. He rounds out the whole epic post/black metal thing, and makes damn sure you know you're not listening to any of that pussy Pelican bullshit.

Malevolent Grain is a super sweet intro to the next album and only solidifies my love for them as one of the best USBM bands out there.

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