Wodensthrone were formed in Sunderland in 2005 with the goal of creating stirring heathen black metal in the grand tradition of greats such as Enslaved, Moonsorrow and Primordial; a revitalising force capable of beautifully formed progressive flourishes, devastating power and unforgettable gilded melody, a sound perfectly formed to address meaningful, thought-provoking themes with passion and dexterity. While a number of lineup changes have shaped the band’s maturation over the years, their commitment and dedication to this mission has never faltered.
Following a succession of well received split releases, Wodensthrone truly came of age with their hotly-anticipated debut album Loss, released by Bindrune Recordings in 2009 to great critical acclaim. A masterstroke of epic heathen black metal, drenched in emotion and mystical potency, Loss opened a window upon the Anglo-Saxon soul by striving to authentically give voice to an ancient worldview in today’s fractured landscape. The result was an album that won the band favor from all corners of the globe and caught the eye of Candlelight Records, who signed the band for a three album deal in 2011.
Now, as Spring takes hold of a troubled world in 2012, Wodensthrone return with Curse, an album that transcends the impermanence of individual nations and cultures to address timeless, universal questions of spirituality and freedom. Curse explores mankind’s most inherent and profound spiritual flaw; the instinct to lay the responsibility of our fates at the feet of imagined Gods, to submit without question to the cultural machinery – religious, political, social, economical – that imposes systems of power and control to exploit, enthrall, corrupt and oppress. The result is a tumultuous, dynamic album rich in tension, conflict and a grandeur verging on the terrifying.
The diverse musicians that make up Wodensthrone have unified their experiences and skills to render the grand narratives of Curse into a richly evocative heathen epic that dwarfs even its predecessor, a heroic encapsulation in song of mankind’s will to rise above its shackles, to pursue true freedom, shun the poisoned comforts of subjugation and stand proudly with values they have won for themselves with the blood and sweat of endeavor, unfettered from Gods and masters.
Wodensthrone created Curse in Priory Studios in 2011 under the watchful eye of Esoteric’s Greg Chandler, who helped take the band’s performances and sound to a whole new level of majesty and mastery with his meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail. The result is an essential album for fans of Emperor, Enslaved, Primordial and Moonsorrow; an album that proves Wodensthrone’s mettle beyond all reasonable doubt as one of the UK’s strongest black metal exponents.
Curse (2012) – BUY
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