Wolfthorn – Echoes Of A Forgotten Past EP [2010]

Band: Wolfthorn
Album: Echoes Of A Forgotten Past
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal

”Wolfthorn” are a black metal quintet from Lancaster, United Kingdom. They describe themselves as “True Lancastrian Black Metal”. British folklore from the times before the Roman and Saxon invasions is to be the inspiration for their music, including their debut EP “Echoes Of A Forgotten Past”.

“Sworn In Blood” is the first track of the EP and begins in true black metal style with a merciless guitar riff and brutal double bass pedals. The vocals are beastly, bloodthirsty and aggressive which is to be expected of any of black metal band. The track is fast paced mostly, aside from the section half way through where the pace decreases a fair bit. One thing that makes this track unique compared to most black metal releases is the use of a face-melting guitar solo. “Sworn In Blood” is a great opening track.

The second track is “Twilight In Valinor”. The intro is slow paced paced yet heavy, though it seems to be lacking of a certain musical element. However, the track improves when the tempo increases and the vocals come screaming in like a berserker. The drums are sharp and intense whilst the riffs are violent. The use of whispered vocals adds a touch of eeriness to the track. “The Mists Of Avalon” comes next with the sound of water and an echoed narration. A soft, acoustic riff follows after which is then replaced by the more aggressive electric guitars, drums and bass. The acoustic guitars reappear again, mixed with clean vocals which make the track sound more folky but the screams can still be heard on the majority of this track alongside the more brutal sections of the track, making for a contrast of sheer brilliance. “The Mists Of Avalon” is probably the best track of the album.

”Thousand Blades” is the second to last track of the EP which begins with an unrelenting riff and an aggressive yet acute drum section. The vocals are still going strong, sounding more raw and bloodthirsty than the previous tracks, which is always a good thing. The last track of the EP is “Thus Spoke The Morrigan”, which begins with the sound of footsteps treading on snow and the cawing of ravens. A calm piano medley slowly lures the listener into a ruthless onslaught of guitars, drums and screams. “Thus Spoke The Morrigan” is the perfect end to a great EP.

Wolfthorn mix a variety of old skool black metal influences combined with good ol’ fashioned British aggression to make some seriously beasty music. Wolfthorn have got the potential to usher in and pioneer the next generation of black metal and “Echoes Of A Forgotten Past” proves just that.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson

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