Listen to the Latest Wolves in the Throne Room Song, “Angrboda”
From Wikipedia regarding “Angrboda,” the title of Wolves in the Throne Room’s latest song:
“In Norse mythology, Angrboða or Angrboda (Old Norse “the one who brings grief” or “she-who-offers-sorrow”) is a female jötunn (giantess). In the Poetic Edda, Angrboða is mentioned only in Völuspá hin skamma (found in Hyndluljóð) as the mother of Fenrir by Loki. However, in the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, she is referred to as a “giantess in Jötunheimr” and said also to be the mother of Fenrir’s siblings Jörmungandr (the Midgard Serpent) and Hel. She may be identical with Iárnvidia, ‘She of Iron-wood’, mentioned in the list of troll-wives in the Prose Edda list nafnaþulur.”
With that history lesson out of the way, what do we think of Wolves in the Throne Room’s latest track?
It’s the second one we’re hearing from the band’s upcoming album, Thrice Woven — following “Born From the Serpent’s Eye” last month — and it’s quite a journey. At nearly eight-and-a-half-minutes in length you’d expect as much, especially from this band, but I particularly dig the song’s second half, a total shift away from its black metal opening that finds the band expanding into doomy, atmospheric territory. I dig it.
Stream it below via Adult Swim Singles. Thrice Woven comes out September 22nd on the band’s own label, Artemisia; pre-order here. Catch them on tour with Pillorian (ex-Agalloch) this fall; dates here.
[via Metal Injection]