Wolves In The Throne Room announce new EP, Crypt Of Ancestral Knowledge, out on September 29th via Relapse Records
North American atmospheric black metal overlords Wolves In The Throne Room have announced a new EP, which features four new tracks spanning the scope of the band’s cinematic black metal and dark acoustic folk, as well as two atmospheric industrial tracks that take the band into darker sonic territories. Entitle Crypt Of Ancestral Knowledge, this new EP opens with “Beholden to Clan”, a blazing slab of symphonic black metal. Regarding the EP opener, Guitarist Kody Keyworth comments, “Journeying high atop a sacred mountain, the song recalls the importance of the sacrificed king’s cycle of rebirth through ancestral hallucinogenic rights of passage. It’s a wild trip. Hail Othila!”.
Elsewhere, “Twin Mouthed Spring” follows. This new track features vocals and acoustic guitar performed by founding Wolves In The Throne Room drummer Cedar Serpent, who has recently returned to the live stage after a years long hiatus from live performance – you can listen to the track below this article. He comments, “This song travels to a deep wellspring of passion and creativity. Themes from Celtic Mythology are pulled apart and remade”. Side B of the EP features a different side of the enigmatic band – “Initiates of the White Hart”, an atmospheric industrial interpretation of “Spirit of Lightning”, takes this live-set stalwart into deeper dark psychedelic waters, while “Crown of Stone”, a ritual dark ambient piece, connects thematically to “Mountain Magic”, the lead track on 2021’s Primordial Arcana.
Crypt Of Ancestral Knowledge will be released on September 29th via Relapse Records. Pre-orders are now available here.