One of the highlights of the Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta was Wolves in the Throne Room. Seeing them was a pain in the ass that involved standing in line in the mud for 45 minutes, but they delivered one of the most physically exhausting and intense sets of the day. They were one of the bands Maloney and myself were most stoked about seeing, and while their tour finds them stopping in Atlanta again, the only Tennessee gig is at the Hideaway in Johnson City on May 30.
Black Cascade is their newest album, and I haven't heard it yet because I'm holding out for the double LP version. If you've ever seen any of the other limited edition pressings from Southern Lord, you know those dudes don't fuck around. With the exception of maybe Nachtmystium, WITTR are the most prominent black metallers in the U.S., even attracting the attention of Slate a couple years ago. Their songs typically push the 10-minute mark, wielding layers of slicing, razor-sharp guitars that somehow verge on trancy. The songs are melodic if you take the time to dig and champion the epic, triumphant-but-sad crescendos that post-rock bands used to do so much. Krallice are touring with them. I've written about Krallice on this blog once before because they released one of my favorite records of last year. (A correction to that entry: Dead Congregation are not from Athens, Ga., they're from Athens, Greece. Oops.)
Off topic but still metal related, what's the verdict on the new Mastodon album? I'm still wrestling with it.