by Oliver on October 1, 2023 in EP
Crypt of Ancestral Knowledge harmoniously measures the contrasts of the stylistic spectrum for a round arc of tension Wolves in the Throne Room from black metal and ambient.
A panorama that in Beholden to Clan with blast beats, nagging and brutal roars, raging tremolo and heavy riff cascades with a mystical-sacral dungeon synth patina, as if subversively symphonic fanfares were driving an evil caravan of witches rushing into astral shimmering light, in atmospheric black metal with wondrous, fairytale-like aura, whose bridge in decelerated drama as an ambient decelerated score begins the second half of Crypt of Ancestral Knowledge suggests before Wolves in the Throne Room Up to the dystopian ethno-outro, it’s an all-round competent one that’s catchy above the standard level.
Gitarrist Kody Keyworth: “Journeying high atop a sacred mountain, the song recalls the importance of the sacrificed king’s cycle of rebirth through ancestral hallucinogenic rights of passage. It’s a wild trip. Hail Othila!”
Twin Mouthed Spring takes a more contemplative approach to the matter, original drummer Cedar Serpent (“This song travels to a deep wellspring of passion and creativity. Themes from Celtic Mythology are pulled apart and remade.”) as a guest hisses and plucks clear, folkloric strings over the keyboard in a painterly aesthetic, waving melodramatically, outlining the straight grandeur with a kitsch side.
Even if Wolves in the Throne Room So that nothing goes wrong on this black metal side of the EP, which is served with a lot of class, you want to (somewhere between Primordial Arcana and a root reflection) don’t create any real euphoria, the two overall pleasing numbers simply leave you a bit cold without being really compelling.
The two following ambient numbers of the second half share a similar fate, and seem to have a lot of benevolence for them Celestite (2014) but even more disappointing.
Initiates of the White Hart proceeds ritualistically with hissing recitation as “an Atmospheric Industrial interpretation of Spirit of Lightning“ – although less industrial associations than subtly whining medieval meandering seem permissible – and Crown of Stone („a ritual dark ambient piece, that’s connects thematically to Mountain Magic, the lead track on 2021’s Primordial Arcana“) is dark and atmospheric – but not really supporting in itself: it’s missing from the material Crypt of Ancestral Knowledge also simply lacks the necessary detail and exhaustive volume to explore its poles with appropriately satisfying consistency.
Crypt of Ancestral Knowledge by WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM