Way­farer

WORLD’S BLOOD PRO­FOUND LORE

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DEN­VER’S ATMOSPHERI­C BLACK MET­ALLERS TAKE AIM AT THE PIONEERS

Denizens of icy wastes thou­sands of miles from black metal’s tra­di­tional heart­lands, Colorado’s Way­farer are at­tempt­ing a sim­i­lar con­nec­tion to their na­tive lands. The pas­toral black metal of their third al­bum is steeped in Amer­i­can colo­nial his­tory, with tales of Western lands wrought in con­quest. Flit­ting be­tween rav­aging black metal and folk­in­fused, wide-open spa­ces, An­i­mal Crown is driven in its rage, by turns ra­pa­cious and smoul­der­ing. The Crows Ahead

Cry War is cine­matic, a folky can­ter slowly build­ing ten­sion into the out­break of war. A Na­tion Of Im­mi­grants is as pointed as its ti­tle, a col­lec­tive lament cre­at­ing a poignant close. Amer­ica has long yearned for the deep con­nec­tion to a sto­ried his­tor­i­cal past that Euro­peans take for granted. Way­farer take them a step closer, ca­pa­ble of ren­der­ing their em­bry­onic years with fit­tingly bru­tal blood-spat­tered and des­o­late re­crim­i­na­tion.

FOR FANS OF: PANOP­TI­CON, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, PILLORIAN TOM O’BOYLE

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