Wild Throne – “Blood Maker” (Stereogum Premiere)
The Bellingham, WA trio presently known as Wild Throne were a topic on Metal Twitter a few months back when they announced their name change: from their previous moniker — the gross and indefensible Dog Shredder — to their current one. But Wild Throne deserve to be talked about on the merits of their music alone. The band’s forthcoming 3-song 12″, Blood Maker, is a blistering, thunderous, infectious barrage of tightly wound instrumental precision and ecstatic, bellowed vocals. It’s produced by Ross Robinson: the man behind every nu-metal album ever made, but more relevantly in this case, the man behind the early-aughts classics from post-emo prog-spazzoids At The Drive-In, Blood Brothers, and Glassjaw. Wild Throne share sonic similarities with those bands as well as regional compatriots Sandrider and Helms Alee; another prominent reference point is the mighty Mastodon. These are complicated, unpredictable songs that don’t put complexity and unpredictability at the forefront: They are, most immediately and most importantly, loud, catchy, fun, and heavy as fuck. Today we’ve got the EP’s title track for you to spin. And I encourage you to do so.