Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Wodensthrone - Curse

It's really hard to pinpoint an exact genre for U.K based group Wodensthrone, a different semi-atmospheric black/folk metal mixture injected with spurts of doom circulating throughout. Theirs is a name that has been making itself well known across the black metal scene during the past couple of years. Their previous, and debut, album Loss was born in 2009 and, despite a pretty low grade quality, the album had its fair share of content that kept listeners hoping for a follow up. Will Curse ultimately live up to its predecessor, and keep Wodensthrone on the tongues of metalheads?

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: April 23rd, 2012
  1. The Remaining Few
  2. Jormungandr
  3. First Light
  4. The Great Darkness
  5. Battle Lines
  6. Wyrgþu
  7. The Storm
  8. The Name of the Wind
Total Playtime: 01 hour, 06 minutes, 51 seconds




Rating: 6.5/10







It's really hard to pinpoint an exact genre for U.K based group Wodensthrone, a different semi-atmospheric black/folk metal mixture injected with spurts of doom circulating throughout. Theirs is a name that has been making itself well known across the black metal scene during the past couple of years. Their previous, and debut, album Loss was born in 2009 and, despite a pretty low grade quality, the album had its fair share of content that kept listeners hoping for a follow up. Will Curse ultimately live up to its predecessor, and keep Wodensthrone on the tongues of metalheads?

One thing to be noted here that isn't seen on most standard dry cut black metal, is that the content is over an hour long. On Curse, this seems rather unnecessary and the material is mostly full of fillers; percussion and fast tremolo picked guitars that tend to go on forever. "First Light", "Battle Lines" and "The Name of the Wind" all clock in at over ten minutes in length. This trait is most commonly found amongst funeral/doom artists, and though it isn't unheard of in black metal styles it is uncommon. This may have worked in the bands favor if there were more variety present within the album itself, however in the long run ends up hindering its success.

Although not as muffled as their debut album, the audio quality does no favors for Wodensthrone. The guitars are mixed overwhelmingly loud and are distracting. During longer tracks, fast tremolo picking that gives an annoying sense of bees buzzing tends to take over for far too long and there is an abundance of alternating picking throughout the tracks that wears thin, fast. One my find themselves tuning out what is going on once in a while due to the invariable riffs.


Wodensthrone are a band that have a lot of potential, being comprised of two guitarists that double as vocalists, a drummer, keyboardist and bassist. Grievously, the potential seen slips through the cracks in Curse. Rarely rising to an audible level, the synths and keyboards make their presence barely known and would most likely remain unheard if it weren't for a few cut away parts that reveal nature sounds, such as a relaxing waterfall at the end of "First Light" which was soon accompanied by the sounds of swarming insects, which was another unnecessary additive.

Though not everything on Curse is cursed to be full of doom and gloom generic black metal riffage, "Jormungandr", "The Name of the Wind" and "Wyrgþu" are the highlights of the 8 song track listing and make the most out of all of the elements given from amongst the five members. Synths can be heard, a steady bass line, acoustic guitar pieces, and abundant with cymbal crashes. Vocally, everything existing in this record remains rather monotone with unforgiving inconsolable screeching

Curse is your average, raw semi-atmospheric black metal album that really doesn't have anything to define it as something different. Taking into account the ten minute plus tracks, not many casual listeners will find themselves sticking it out for the entire hour and six minutes of material that doesn't have any hooks, catches or riffs that overly stand out, or even leave a lasting impression that would cause one to come back for seconds.

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