Album Review: Wolves in the Throne Room – “Thrice Woven”

WITTR - Thrice Woven

The whole concept of returning to your roots is a dicey proposition, one whose underlying reasons can obfuscate intent and mar as much as elevate the final product.  I’ve heard the term used a lot when discussing Wolves in the Throne Room and their roots returning (or reclamation, if you’re NPR) new record, Thrice Woven.  After the atmospheric tone poems that made up previous album Celestite, anticipation for a move back to more of the traditional folk-laden USBM the band help push forward was high, and the result is solid, if somewhat unremarkable slab of metal that may please fans wanting more roar in the music but also feels like a band running in place.   Continue reading