This is a certainly not for everyone. It takes a while to get into and unpack but really worth it for the end result. By the band Wolves in the Throne Room, Thrice Woven is a challenging album that had its hooks in me for the last couple of days now. It twists between fairy tails and this dark unsettling black metal. It is beautifully composed, and after about two years of production and recording you would hope so. You can feel the elements of repetition stretch to the perfect point before changing up again. Every piece feels so well selected to build the growing mood of the album. You will go on a journey with this album there is no doubt.
I was out deep in the mountains this weekend walking a small bear in the woods with this playing. And for a moment I wasn’t in Japan, I was in this dark world, this ephemeral feeling crept over me till I was enveloped. For a good half an hour I forgot where I was it was disorientating but wonderful at the same time. Then I actually got lost but that is a different story.
It is hard to find black metal that truly stands out, especially from America which can be looked down on my the Scandinavian side. But if you are willing to put the time in then you will be rewarded.