Primordial Arcana

Wolves in the Throne Room - Primordial Arcana
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #358 / 736
User Score
Based on 152 ratings
2021 Ratings: #235
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CRITIC REVIEWS

98
Sputnikmusic

Primordial Arcana combines the band’s better features into one, defining release.

80
Metal Injection

They sound fresher and more creative than ever. The Weaver brothers are finally venturing out of the underground and up into the light.

80
Kerrang!

Primordial Arcana is an example of a band not only matching up to their established greatness, but far exceeding it.

80
FLOOD Magazine

The record is a call to adventure, and like fantasy stories promising transformation and reward, it’s worth the undertaking.

80
AllMusic
As a whole, the album doesn't provide a lot sonically that fans haven't heard before, but it doesn't need to because WITTR create their most uneasy balance of brute force, massive power, and brooding, trepidatious calm to date.
80
Louder Than War
Make no mistake, Wolves In the Throne Room are an absolute force of nature: powerful, dark and triumphant. Primordial Arcana manages to be all these things at once.
70
Loud and Quiet

For the first time in years, the band seem more concerned with mortal matters than transcending into more lofty, atmospheric realms.

55
Pitchfork
Working out of their home studio in the Washington woods, experimentally minded brothers Nathan and Aaron Weaver return to their roots in atmospheric black metal, but they no longer sound like pioneers.
AffanAhmad
80

Not really a huge black metal fan tbh, but i really enjoyed this album. It has very lowkey production, but the melodies and instrumentals work well together while the vocals serve almost as atmosphere rather than being the forefront of the song as a whole. An interesting choice, and one im 100% on board with.

FatalNoise
62

Pretty chilling black metal but lacks that punch and unique style that we usually hear

Schmedess
77

WITTR deliver their best album since Celestite through a series of straight to the point atmospheric black metal. It’s not reinventing the wheel but is without question delivering fun and visceral black metal tunes.

goncalomirandaa
75

a transcendent and heavy journey

TheCarioca
75

Mountain Magick - 4/5
Spirit of Lightning - 4/5
Through Eternal Fields - 4/5
Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire) - 3/5
Underworld Aurora - 4/5
Masters of Rain and Storm - 4/5
Eostre - 4/5
Skyclad Passage - 3/5

GiampaoloM
81

Sempre un gran disco dei WITTR.

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Added on: June 10, 2021