Released: 2013, Relapse Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
It may have been three long years since Wolvserpent's first LP 'Blood Seed' saw the wicked light of day, but the Boise, Idaho duo have been getting to work on the follow up. They've just completed work on their sophomore release (and Relapse Records debut), a four song 80 minute length record entitled Perigaea Antahkarana. The album was recorded this past autumn with experienced producer/engineer Mell Dettmer in Seattle and in Idaho at their on location home studio, and features another performance from Blake Green (guitar, vocals, keys) and Brittany McConnell (drums, percussion, violin, viola). As you may have been able to tell from those instruments, this is no ordinary metal release. I wish I could say that was a good thing…
Things start off with promise, the intro track is soothing and somewhat beautiful, with a great atmosphere that really comes through when you are walking through an area of natural beauty of the headphones on. The music really gets started with Within In The Light Of Fire, and it doesn’t take too much time for my initial expectations to be shat on. Each and every minute of the 16 in the track is slow and plodding, and the “atmosphere” quickly turns into “not much interesting going on”.
Although longer, In Mirrors Of Water is a half-decent track, starting off with the tranquil sounds of nature before launching into the usual doomy and hypnotic haze. Variation is bought in with a faster passage and some frantic guitar work quickly contrasted with a beautiful high-pitched melodic passage.
The riffs on this track are far more memorable, and echo influences of At The Gates and other Swedish death-metal bands too with their character. The closing concealed amongst the roots and soil is a mournful affair, with a reeking atmosphere of a slow and painful death, but as the album draws to a close I can’t help but think that all of this 80+ minute album has been a slow and painful experience.
I’ve tried this album in every environment, when going to sleep, sat down purely concentrating on the music, when going for long, rambling nature walks and even as background music, but unfortunately in every instance nothing has taken away the fact that this record offers very much in terms of quality songwriting and even entertainment.
Even the most fanatical fans of bands like Neurosis, Wolves In The Throne Room and Sun O))) stand a good chance of think they have borderline ADHD when listening to this, it is that easy to be distracted from. My advice, download the track In Mirrors Of Water from an official and paid site, leave the rest.
Review by Jarod Lawley