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TWO HUNTERS

Wolves in the Throne Room

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.13 | 53 ratings

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Matthew T
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3 stars I purchased this album about a week back and have listened to the cd 7 times and I am on my 8th listen as I write thie review. For some reason maybe it is the way the Guitars are played or the mix of this cd it reminds me of a Bill Laswell production. I was almost about to rate this album 4 stars but I found after the first couple of listens the cd really is not growing that much on me but that is not to say this is not a good album. For a starter I really do think that this band is doing something different and innovative and I hope that they do another album because this is a great album for a debut if this is the case as I have never heard of them before and only came across them from a recommendation of the largest internet retailer on the planet? Anyway the music has a dirty fuzzy sound because of the recording method used which I believe was done on a cassette (maybe Dat Tape) and the mix has kept all the sound around the same level throughout the recording. The mastering is good. It is done loud! And now for the music.

This album does belong in the right catergory of Tech/Extreme but do not expect thrash or death metal. This album runs at a fairly slow time which creates atmosphere throughout the recording. The first track as the reviewer above metioned is basically ambient and is the intro to the album. Things get more intersting on track 2(Vastness and Sorrow) when the death metal vocalist comes in and these are the parts I like throughout this album. I like this track the best as it seems to have the fastest tempo because of the drumming which is great and is a real build up. Track3( Cleansing) for me is the worst track on the album because of the first part of the song where the female vocalist is used at the beginning it sounds like Enja( I was almost ready to light up the incense stencher) but luckily in a short time things pick up when the death vocalist gets back in.Track 4. I will lay down my bones) is a another good track where death vocalist does the main singing and then Jessica Kinney finishes off the vocals at the end. I will add I cannot understand a word the death vocalist is singing but that adds to the texture of the album.

There are no solos or lead breaks anywhere on this album. These blokes seem to be going for a real soundscape sound throughout. Even though I canned the female vocalist she is a good singer but the celtic sound and the growl to me do not seem to gel right on track 2.

One other moan is why are metal cd covers almost impossible to read.Dark Gold on black backgrounds for this one.

Good Album and something different. Matt

Matthew T | 3/5 |

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