Wolves in the Throne Room – Black Cascade (Southern Lord) 2009


I don’t get Black Metal. Never have. Yet I really like this. I’m just not sure whether I’m supposed to laugh or paint my face white and fuck a corpse. I mean it’s just so fucking camp, singing in those demon guttural howls about norse gods and such nonsense. Laugh? I nearly wet myself. But I love this record, probably for all the wrong reasons but it pushes all my buttons.  It’s chock full off ooga-booga, screamy vocals over a soundtrack of gothic post-rock metal. Can’t get enough of this at the moment. I mean I just can’t compare it to other black metal because its a genre I don’t really listen to. I’ve got a crap load of Sunn O))) records but some of those are generally frightening and I think doom kinda took over from this melody friendly black metal. Maybe a better term would be post metal. Then we can throw in Pelican and Isis in with this bunch to describe a frightening intelligent and melodic form of -rock heaviness. Fun.

One Response to “Wolves in the Throne Room – Black Cascade (Southern Lord) 2009”

  1. You hit the nail on the head re Black Metal and it’s camp theatrics. I find it all intriguing and I’m actually working on some paintings that take a lighthearted look at the scene’s queer qualities. Back to the music though, if you haven’t already heard them i reckon you will dig Burzum’s ‘Filosofem’ record, and Abruptum’s ‘Casus Luciferi’. They’re both weirdo, experimental, noise-rock albums.

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