As I wrote when we premiered their track “The Swart Raven” last month: I’ve never understood why Winterfylleth aren’t one of the biggest black metal bands in the world. There’s absolutely no reason why fans of Agalloch or Wolves In The Throne Room wouldn’t find much to love in Winterfylleth’s expansive, explosive, folk-based black metal. Whatever the reason, it seems like a huge oversight, but I’m pretty sure the band’s fantastic forthcoming third album, The Threnody Of Triumph, will substantially increase their visibility. (My friend Kim wrote a masterful review of the album for Pitchfork yesterday.) Winterfylleth’s last album, The Mercian Sphere, was one of the genre’s best releases in 2010, and Threnody builds on that album’s strengths: sweeping, melodic grandeur and instrumental intricacies, which employ the standard black metal tools of screeched vocals, staccato guitars, and blast beat drums, but combine them with classical English instrumentation, creating something vast, inviting, and beautiful. We’ve got the whole thing for you to stream here. Dig in; it’s a treat.