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Astral Blood – Astral Blood

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Depending on who you ask, America’s black metal scene is wounded but recovering. The young sect of atmospheric and post-black metal acts are flourishing, dividing listeners firmly on either side of the aisle. On one hand, Panopticon‘s latest outings meddled in swathes of bluegrass and Americana, contributing to the furtherance of black metal as a visceral and capable artform. On the other, longtime fans of the genre bemoan the fusion of post-rock and new wave made popular by acts such as Wolves in the Throne Room and Deafheaven as an “unneeded feminization” (their words, not ours) of black metal. It goes without saying, of course, that around these parts, the petulant line drawing and “stay out of my side of the playpen” mentality is frowned upon, as genre fusion and variation are to be celebrated. Nevertheless, there is an urge to see America export more bands that borrow from the Emperor and Gorgoroth schools of thought, and Minneapolis’ Astral Blood have the potential to fill that need while still flirting heavily with the Americanized atmospheric style of black metal.

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Typically, blackgaze and post-rock mix into a crushing, noisy wall a la Deafheaven or Wolves In The Throne Room. However, Sannhet are not your run-of-the-mill blackgaze band. View Full Article »

abigail williams 2014

Abigail Williams are shifting styles across the black metal spectrum almost as fast as they swap out members, and it’s typically always for the better. The band blossomed into atmospheric black metal in the realm of Wolves in the Throne Room for 2012’s Becoming, which was one of my personal favorites from that year. Now the band are on the move once again with a new lineup and a new sonic direction, and while they’re putting finishing touches on the highly anticipated record, they’ve decided to tie fans over with early versions of two brand new songs that are now streaming with our friends at No Clean Singing.

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Wolves Stream

Media outlets are growing weirder by the minute. Ten years ago you would have never seen NPR stream a band like Deafheaven, or something of the like. Now, apparently, the New York Times want to get in on all the blacktion (black metal action), because they’re streaming the new Wolves In The Throne Room record, which actually isn’t black metal at all. You can stream it below!

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Impulse

Wolves In The Throne Room have been on the cutting edge of greatness when it comes to their unique style of music. Ever since their debut LP the band has pushed themselves to go beyond the paradigm that is black metal to create some of the most memorable albums in the genre. However, they stirred up quite a storm when it was revealed that the new album would feature no drums or vocals and be super heavy with synths. If one band could pull it off, it’s these guys, and their new single proves that they’ve done very well with this new concept. Imagine Sunn O))) with tremelo picking and super heavy synths. That’s basically the new track, “Initiation At Neudeg Alm”, from their upcoming LP Celestite. Stream it after the jump, and don’t forget to pick up the record when it’s out July 8th!

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anatomy of a habit

If Relapse Records’ signing of shoegaze band Nothing didn’t tip you off that the label was ready for diversification, their signing of supergroup project Anatomy of a Habit will likely turn a few heads. Featuring past and present members of BLOODYMINDED, TortoiseWolves in the Throne Room, Joan of Arc, Indian, and like a hundred other bands, the group’s shoegaze and post-rock steeped doom sound is a far cry from the deathgrind or stoner metal that made Relapse a household name in the community.

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wiitr celestite

By now, you know the score. The new Wolves In The Throne is not a black metal album, instead, they chose to reinterpret their previous work Celestial Lineage as, and I’m cutting all the extraneous wording, a ‘more ambient piece’. Naturally, if you’re a fan of the band, it’s an interesting prospect. Although they were always a metal band, they still managed to create soundscapes more than songs. So, you’ll be glad to know the new track from the band is exactly that — a huge vast world of sound to be explored.

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Three years after their last record Celestial Lineage, Wolves in the Throne Room are not content with abandoning the album entirely to start a new record from scratch. Instead, the post-black metal duo are re-purposing many of the themes and stems from Celestial Lineage to create a companion album in Celestite, due out July 8th through their very own Artemisia Records.

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Those of you wishing the return of seminal black metal act Wolves In The Throne Room to be accompanied by another slew of introspective and atmospheric black metal may be a little disappointed. The band have announced plans to release a new album based on material recorded for 2011’s Celestial Lineage, appropriately titled Celestite. Interestingly, the album will contain no vocals or drums, instead aiming for “heavy crystalline synthesizer journeying, Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation.”

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converge live at BBC

You may have noticed a growing trend of live sessions coming out of BBC’s Maida Vale Studio. Just this year, Tesseract, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Baroness have released music performances from the studio, with hardcore act Converge being the latest band to come out with their session in the form of a limited 7″ EP to be released soon on Deathwish, Inc.

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