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Black Cascade

Wolves in the Throne RoomAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B001RXB4EA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

"With this record, Wolves in the Throne Room wholly transcend the limitations of the black metal label to be reborn as an entity entirely unto themselves. The energy conjured by the music is a distinctive manifestation of a personal vision that is not beholden to the rules of any genre. Black Cascade is characterized by a heavy and powerful analog sound and a deft touch with songwriting and arrangement. The crumbling roar of decidedly old school tub amps unite with layers of mossy analog synthesizer and cataclysmic percussion. Blazing and crystalline metal riffs slowly collapse and shift into ritualistic dirges that invoke endless rain falling upon the ancient cedars of the Pacific North West. It is as if the instruments are controlled by shadowy and elemental forces of nature rather than three forest dwellers from Olympia, WA. This record is an analog monolith that does credit to an intricately layered and ever shifting psychedelic soundscape churning beneath the unrelenting blast beats and tremolo guitar. Recorded onto 2 inch tape and mixed by producer Randal Dunn (Sunn o))), Earth, Grails), Black Crusade captures the energy of a band who has said that they would prefer that the audience at their concerts would prostrate themselves on the floor and cry."

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolves in the Throne Room - Black Cascade May 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Black Cascade, Wolves in the Throne Room's third full-length, opens with the sound of pouring rain. Mere seconds later, the listener is swept into a scathing maelstrom of blindingly-fast black metal, more potent than on previous outings. Throughout the course of the album's four lengthy tracks (around 10-15 minutes each), WITTR unleashes what is likely their best work in every respect.

Led by brothers Nathan and Aaron Weaver, the former helming vocals and guitars, the latter being the skinsman, WITTR's sound can best be described as nature-inspired black metal. With Black Cascade, WITTR further cements their position in the upper echelon of said sub-sub-genre, with nods to Enslaved, Negura Bunget, Drudkh, and Agalloch. In particular, WITTR expertly mimes Drudkh's immeasurable talent for sweeping, tremolo-picked, melancholic black metal passages, but as opposed to a folk sound structure, WITTR exhibits somewhat of an epic, environmental vibe. The roaring guitars, loud, chaotic, and overflowing with energy, along with the phenomenal drumming, give Black Cascade a layered, rich, organic, and powerful sound encapsulated more perfectly than on Diadem of 12 Stars and Two Hunters. Nathan's raspy, screaming vocals have never been more biting and effective, and the inclusion of faint background keyboards lend additional melancholy and awe. The pace of the four songs is frequently slowed, quickened, and stopped, breaking unexpectedly to keyboard/guitar ambient noise, acoustic passages, or simply a back-to-start slowdown of aural lava.

Wolves in the Throne Room's Black Cascade is one of the best modern examples of the raw, emotional power of black metal, and is highly recommended to fans of any of the aforementioned groups, or those who seek the musical equivalent to an acid rainstorm in the middle of a heavily wooded area.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Fantastic Full-Length from WITTR April 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Black Cascade contains nuanced development in the sound of Wolves in the Throne Room, but the band's trademark sound is center stage. As with previous releases, WITTR see fit to pack the album into four tracks, but the content of those tracks differs from Diadem of Twelve Stars and Two Hunters in the consistency of each song's intensity. This is not to say that the band has made 10+ minute tracks that constantly blaze along, but that each track is approached more actively than previous albums, which contained more extended ambient interludes. Here, the ambient/shoegaze and folk interludes arise organically within each track, and the band never leaves you in the quiet for too long. Tempo changes come frequently, and again, organically (fitting, given the philosophy of the band).

This is another magnificent record in an ascendant American black metal scene. Wolves in the Throne Room have remained true to their atmospheric style while making a continually engaging album. If you like what you've heard of WITTR previously, you would do well to pick this up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best so far. June 9, 2009
By Alan R
Format:Audio CD
After a few listens I think this is their best cd to date, just behind Diadem of 12 Stars. Great atmosphere throughout and definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of black metal
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid effort. April 21, 2009
By Rob T.
Format:Audio CD
Wolves in the Throne Room have been one of the more reliable metal bands in recent memory. This is yet another haunting, experiment set of black metal goodness. A bit noisier than previous releases, but still excellent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'm a fan of Southern Lord (record label) generally and like to give a lot of their a try, even though most doesn't hit my personal happy spot. I'm more of a 'slow, low, loud and long' type of guy, rather than fast, furious and fuzzy. So I thought I'd give this a try. I was drawn to the long tracks and was intrigued by how they deal with fast beats, shreeching + the loonnnnngggggg tracks. Well, I've been blown away.

This is an album that really sweeps me away from reality whenever I listen to it. I find the way it unfolds really beautiful. Yes, the drums are fast a furious some of the time, but it's within a more meditative context and, to me, works really well - I don't feel I'm being hammered to death by a hyperactive chipmonk. Hint: needs to be LOUD to work well!

Use of percussion and keyboards really adds to the vibe. The abstract vocals (a la Burning Witch) work really well for me because I find the linguistic part of my brain doesn't get 'pulled' into the vocals at the detriment of listening to the grander whole, as can often happen (to me) with music with vocals.

My one reservation is that the drums aren't very clear and seem spatially compressed - particularly the cymbals. This seems to be a Randall Dunn hallmark (though not always - Earth's 'Hibernaculum' for instance), and I'm not keen on it. Nevermind, it could be worse: Josh Homme could have had something to do with it - then they'd really sound awful.

I recommend this album to folk who like long meditative metal music but without the superfluous and pretentious bells and whistles of prog.

EDIT (22 March 2010): if you like this, you should most certainly try: Dimensional Bleedthrough without giving it a second thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, hard-edged WITTR with no female vocals January 20, 2012
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CELESTIAL LINEAGE (2011) was the first WITTR album I heard, and TWO HUNTERS (2007) is roughly similar. They share the same basic sound and structure, featuring Jessika Kenney's "goddess" vocals interspersed with Nathan's black metal vocals. BLACK CASCADE from 2009 stands apart from the other two albums in that it has no female vocals. It is also harder-edged, and I find it to be excellent. There are those who slammed this album for a lack of internal variety. BLACK CASCADE is a very intense onslaught, four long tracks, which might not appeal to those who prefer 3-minute pop songs or who have short attention spans, true. But if you think YANQUI U.X.O. is at least as good a GY!BE album as LIFT YR. SKINNY FISTS..., despite having less internal variety, then you might think BLACK CASCADE is excellent too.

Nathan and Aaron Weaver are Wolves In The Throne Room (WITTR), an excellent black metal band from Washington State. Musically, theirs is a very psychedelic metal. There is no lyric sheet with BLACK CASCADE, and the metal vocals are indecipherable, but the band's message is one of reverence for the Earth. I discovered this band following my discovery of Agalloch, and they convey a similar pantheist/neopagan vision. The Weaver brothers and families practice organic farming on land on the Olympic peninsula and are ready for the collapse of industrial society.

Like Agalloch, I find WITTR to be an inspiration to do all we can to prevent the further destruction of the Earth and all the sentient beings with whom we share it. Unlike Agalloch, WITTR actually *was* created partly out of Earth First! activism, specifically Nathan's experience at an EF! rendezvous in 2002.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Even wittr's worst album is still amazing
Quite good by their second album even if it doesn't have the same complexity or production as two hunters, or the brilliant improvisation and atmosphere of celestial lineage. Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best new black metal releases
If you are into the old school black metal scene this is for you. Every song is long and well composed. Read more
Published on July 22, 2011 by jrizzatti
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanderer above the Sea of Fog
i listen to a lot of Black Metal & to be fair, most of it is just harsh noise, but if you love it & want to listen to what is really going on, there is true emotion under the thick... Read more
Published on March 22, 2010 by adam wood
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?!?!?! Seriously ?!?!
Did I get the wrong record in the mail. This has got to be the worst thing ever recorded. I just don't get people's fascination with this band, I see them everywhere these days and... Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by Daniel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Journey
If I would have written A review after I bought this Masterpiece it would have been 3 stars
thankfully I don't do that
when this album finally took my mind on an amazing... Read more
Published on August 13, 2009 by John
2.0 out of 5 stars So so release.
Wolves in the Throne Room return on their follow-up to "Two Hunters" on the eco-themed "Black Cascade. Read more
Published on July 7, 2009 by Greg Kinne
5.0 out of 5 stars Dank dark metal
This is some evil sounding stuff. Makes you want to go into the woods and worship Satan.
Published on May 16, 2009 by Web
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest black metal in the world nowadays
WITTR is proving that their fresh, spiritual and beautifully crafted music has become the peak of the black metal scene in the US (and if nothing extraordinary happens, soon in the... Read more
Published on April 28, 2009 by M. G. Ch
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