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Wolves in the Throne Room Return to Black Metal on “Thrice Woven”

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Photos by Chona Kasinger.

“Making this record almost killed me.” That’s Wolves In The Throne Room drummer and co-founder Aaron Weaver talking about the band’s latest album, Thrice Woven. He’s exaggerating, of course, but he soon elaborates: “When we make a record, we’re going all in. It’s being locked in a dark room during the brutal, cold, wet wintertime with the woodstove going, just digging into it. The other stuff in your life just kinda fades away when you’re going that deep. You forget the rest of your life exists.”

That’s pretty much the way Weaver and his younger brother, Nathan—the band’s vocalist, guitarist and other co-founder—have been making Wolves In The Throne Room records since the band’s inception in 2002. The process has resulted in six albums and an EP’s worth of hypnotic black metal that’s been widely referred to as “Cascadian black metal”—a nod to the Cascade mountain range that looms over the band’s home near Olympia, Washington. For Aaron, the connection between the landscape and the music is crucial. “The music just comes up out of the earth for me. Call it an energy source; call it an inspiration—that’s what our music’s about. It’s about this place, this home we love so much. We wouldn’t be able to make this kind of record anywhere else.”

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The Best Metal on Bandcamp: September 2017

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Metal Twitter, like all Twitter-based extensions of subculture, is mostly terrible, which naturally means I spend all day on it. Yet occasionally it’s illuminating, as a recent in-fight revealed. In short, some fans of the genre think metal writers should be apolitical, while others think that’s dumb. While there’s obviously been politics explicitly written into metal since “War Pigs,” nearly every band reflects the issues of its time to some extent, whether they do it consciously or not. That’s not controversial; it’s simply what art does. While this column may not always use its limited inches to speak truth to power directly, you’ll never read about a racist, xenophobic, or otherwise hateful band here. Metal should be a welcoming space for all kinds of marginalized groups, and pretending that the empowerment many of us have drawn from its swords and dragons can’t be political is an insult to its potential to help people.

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