by Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 23 November 2007

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a dark force dwells. Wolves in the Throne Room are one of the most inspired and original black metal bands in America (and in the world, for that matter). They, along with Portland duo Velvet Cacoon, are the forefront of what they call ‘eco black metal’ – both bands claim to live in nearly self-sustaining communes in the woods, raising their own livestock and crops while making wrathful, human-destroying, nature-worshipping hymns to the Apocalypse. For anyone who is put off by the silly themes and theatricality of European metal, Wolves in the Throne Room offer serious, atmospheric, and mournful slabs of heavy-ass USBM, complete with ethereal female vocals.