Primordial Arcana

Wolves in the Throne Room - Primordial Arcana
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #279 / 513
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
2021 Ratings: #88
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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.
Keaton
97
Coming after the ever so forgettable Thrice Woven, Primordial Arcana certainly shows a more live friendly version of WITTR, with track lengths often cut in half, and a large focus on, for lack of a better term, epicness. The most symphonic they have ever been, mixed with the extremely grandiose, sometimes exaggerated production, interlaced with calmer almost dungeon synth passages, make for some of the best atmosphere in any black metal album period.

The opening track, rightfully named ... read more
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.
Asred7dreften
81
haunting
FatalNoise
67
Pretty chilling black metal but lacks that punch and unique style that we usually hear
SonicDiscovery
78
I didn’t even know about this band till about a month but the sound and mood brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver create as Wolves in the Throne Room is something I can really get into. Yes, it’s death metal so the music is dark and aggressive with pummeling drums, walls of guitar textures and screeched vocals, but their subject matter about the power and serenity of nature along with that cloak of warmness across that allows calming quality to pop up in the mix makes it something easy ... read more
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Added on: June 10, 2021