Wild Hunt

“Wild Hunt encapsulate all that was truly great about Black Metal as it was circa 1996, when the focus was on craft, musicianship, and songwriting.” ~ Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros) Hailing from Oakland, California is Wild Hunt, a metal band who released their debut full-length album, Before the Plane of Angles in Spring 2012. This conceptual piece offered up a wide musical spectrum, intuitively blending a number of metal sub-genres with elusive, sonic textural overlays. Unconventional song structure and the ‘continuous mix’ format are an invitation to the album’s epic journey of altered-states. The progressive sound the group creates with this work began to take shape during the latter part of the last decade.

Though established in 2004, Wild Hunt formed a decisive line-up in 2009, enlisting Greg Brace and Drew Cook on guitars, West Lenz on bass, and Harland Burkhart on drums and vocals. Brace, Cook, and Burkhart constitute three-fourths of Dimesland, another metal group, also from Oakland. Drawing on the influences of various art mediums and musical forms to the point where all become facets, Wild Hunt have developed a sound that is inherently their own. With a further goal to provide an emphasis on atmosphere, the palpable harmonic structure of their sound conjures a sense of place inside its defiant clarion call. Within the album Before the Plane of Angles, melodic dual-guitar lines, blast beat drumming, and twisted, cathartic vocalizations lead the charge, galvanizing into vocal choral movements of harmonic breadth and intensity. Bringing innovation and integrity, Wild Hunt have plenty more fuel in the tank to explore new realms far into the future…