When Boise, Idaho, duo Pussygutt reinvented themselves as Wolvserpent with the release of 2010′s incredible debut album Blood Seed, it was more than just a mere change of monicker; it reflected their transition from sparse, abstract dronescapes towards a more structured, malevolent sound that put them within the wide-ranging classification of metal, albeit at the outer fringes.
The culmination of a two-year writing and re-writing period, with the finished album recorded with renowned producer/engineer Mell Dettmer (Sunn 0))), Boris, Earth), the release of their sophomore album Perigaea Antahkarana is upon us.
Considering that Wolvserpent is comprised of only two members, Blake Green on guitar, vocals, and keys, and Brittany McConnell on drums, percussion and violin, the way they build up the various layers in each song without them sounding cluttered or over-thought is miraculous, and their use of loops and effects pedals to produce such a wide variety of sounds is especially impressive in a live environment.
At 81 minutes this is not the sort of album you’ll throw on for some easy-listening, but if you’re willing to dedicate yourself to it, to submit to an awakening of your atavistic instincts, it’s one of the most rewarding immersive experiences that metal on the more avant-garde end of the spectrum can offer. — The Sleeping Shaman