Fricke's Picks: Howlin' Reign


Headlining a post-SXSW metal-thon at the Austin club Red 7, the Pacific Northwest band Wolves in the Throne Room made their feral noise — double-guitar drone and machine-gun riff spray, mounting-thunder drumming, singer-guitarist Nathan Weaver's burnt-throat bellow — in a dramatic half-light cast by candelabra onstage. The band's third album, Black Cascade (Southern Lord), is distinguished, too, by the depth of its shadows: the outbreaks of melody and harmonic reach in "Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog," the creeping-dawn climax of "Crystal Ammunition." Weaver's vocals are all fury, no pronunciation. But the snarling om and peaking shriek of his and Will Lindsay's guitars are eloquent terror.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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