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Shataan – ‘Weigh of the Wolf’ (Album Premiere)

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Told you we’d be putting this up.

Those already familiar with Shataan probably know the reclusive black metal outfit as part of the Black Twilight Circle, a collective of black metal musicians and groups based in Southern California. While Volahn is far and away the most well-known Black Twilight Circle act, Shataan’s contribution to the collective’s Desert Dances and Serpent Sermons compilation last year was probably the best composition on that release. At least it was my favorite. Expect more of the same, although greatly expanded and elaborated upon, from Weigh of the Wolf. Charming low-key black metal riffs make a pleasant backdrop for expressive guitar solos and a great deal of native flute playing. The Black Twilight Circle all share mesoamerican heritage, and the influence of their ancestral roots music unites their style, but Shataan probably expresses that influence most prominently. Either you’re going to think this sounds like Darkthrone mixed with National Geographic title card music, or you’re going to find it fascinating. Meet me in the latter camp, we’re gonna barbecue later. The rest of you can eat McDonalds and get off my lawn.

Follow Shataan on Facebook. Weigh of the Wolf is out on 7/29 via Iron Bonehead Productions/Crepúsculo Negro.

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