Wodensthrone – Curse

Wodensthrone
Curse
Released: April 2012
Black Metal
Released via Candlelight Records

‘Curse’ is the second album from the British heathen black metal band Wodensthrone. It is the follow-up to their 2009 debut ‘Loss’.

Don’t let the slow, acoustic intro fool you into thinking that Wodensthrone have done an Enslaved-like move switching their style towards a more progressive style of black metal. As ‘Jormungadr’ demonstrates, Wodensthrone are still very much engrossed in their unique brand of atmospheric black metal. Comparisons to Drudkh spring to mind combined the atmospheric elements from Graveland. This particular song features some clear vocals towards the end which act as a kind of hymn or chant.

Most of the tracks are lengthy, clocking in at over 6 minutes but luckily the listener’s patience is handsomely rewarded. Take ‘First Light’ for instance, it features a soothing, folk-esque melody half-way through the track in which the guitars slow down to match the overall tone before a return to atmospheric black metal. ‘The Great Darkness’ sees a brief change in the vocal style from black metal to what sounds like someone reciting or telling a story. Oddly enough this doesn’t impair the track at all but rather it gives in a certain ‘mythical quality’.

Other noteworthy tracks include: ‘Battle Lines’ which features a Graveland-esque intro resembling ancient battle formations marching on one another and ‘The Storm’ which combines ferocity with ambience.

4/5

Iza Raittila

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