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Wodensthrone - "Loss" (CD)

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"Loss" track listing:

1. Fyrgenstréam (3:12)
2. Leódum on Lande (6:59)
3. Heófungtid (8:14)
4. Those That Crush the Roots of Blood (10:28)
5. Black Moss (12:42)
6. Upon These Stones (11:01)
7. Pillar of the Sun (5:26)
8. That Which is Now Forgotten – 597 (11:32)

Reviewed by on December 13, 2009

"... the band has created a very long album that fans of both black metal and epic music will appreciate."

“Ambitious and “sprawling” are two words that pop to mind when I listen to Wodensthrone’s debut full length album “Loss.” Playing black metal that revolves around ancient ideology and mysticism, the band has created a very long album that fans of both black metal and epic music will appreciate. Combine this with blistering drums, impressive synth work and melodic black metal riffs, and you have an album that doesn’t skimp on the details or sacrifice quality. But, while starting out with tons of energy and emotion, it tends to get repetitive and doesn’t really stick with the listener.

The first thing I noticed about this album is the amount of instrumental content that the band has managed to pack in. The music is extremely rich. The riffs are all very melodic and seriously heighten the atmosphere of the music. Each song has so many riffs that it is hard to pick them out. The drums are fast paced, blasting the entire time. My favorite parts, though, are when the band incorporates acoustic guitar work; it’s all very beautiful and fitting for the type of music. The vocals are pretty typical black metal vocals, but there are parts with deeper growls and even some dual layered effects. While the entire album is definitely black metal, I can hear some progressive metal influences mixed in as well.

My biggest issue with this album is that, while everything blends well together and the songs are composed masterfully, there really aren’t a lot of distinguishing elements to tell the songs apart. They each have really awesome bits and sections, but it’s almost as if the entire album has to be listened to in one piece. I’m almost tempted to say that the band has put a lot of filler into the music. Also, a lot of the energy at the beginning tends to fade near the end.

Wodensthrone is a band with a ton of potential. The music is masterfully written and played beautifully. The atmosphere they create is very expansive and vibrant. They could definitely use some improvement; I’m excited to see where this band goes.

Highs: Beautiful, epic black metal.

Lows: Some songs too long and tend to lean towards filler.

Bottom line: A gallant, long album that is worth at least one play through, despite its flaws.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)