Exclusive Track Premiere: Vlk – “Of Wolves’ Blood”

We’re pleased as punch to bring you an exclusive stream of woodsy black metal that absolutely rips! After two demos and a whole lot of anticipation, Illinois pagans Vlk are ready to unleash Of Wolves’ Blood. Get in here to hear the title track before anyone else!

Vlk have been active as a duo since at least 2012, with the two-pronged attack of J.S. on drums and synth and R.B. on guitars, bass, and vocals crafting meticulous, thoughtful black metal in the vein of Velnias or Horn. The duo’s 2013 EP, Unknown Totems, was well-received, but the band promises to outdo all of their previous efforts on Of Wolves’ Blood. I’ve gotten to listen to the whole thing, and it has everything you crave in a folksy black metal album; there are scorching leads, spirited riffs, and primal vocals invoking the names of ancient gods. Simply put, this album is a delight sure to appeal to almost everyone here in the Toilet.

A big advantage of this album over the previous EP and demos is the inclusion of V.D. (otherwise known as Ascaris from Ævangelist) from the aforementioned Velnias on bass. Her nimble fretwork provides a solid anchor that allows the leads in our exclusive track, “Of Wolves’ Blood,” to really soar. Don’t believe me? Check out the simmering, shimmering solo at about 2:23. If that jaunty riff and fiery lead don’t make you want to grab your nearest enemy and flay him or her in the ancient blood eagle ritual, then there’s simply just no hope for you.

The other major draw to Vlk is J.S.’s unimpeachable drumming. The energy never drops as J.S. beats his skins with a manic, d-beat influenced assault. As Ascaris puts it, Vlk plays black metal with a post-punk heritage without any of that post-black posturing. No frills, just killer metal.

If you want to hear another track from the upcoming release, check out “Call of the West” and its wintry fury over at Invisible OrangesOf Wolves’ Blood drops March 21st (that’s next week for those of you in a spring break state of mind) on cassette via Tour de Garde. You can also hear “With Banners Raised” (and keep track of the full digital release) over at NCS. While you’re at it, don’t forget to pay Vlk a visit on Facebook and tell them Toilet says, “Thanks for the righteous tunes.”

 

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Published on: March 18, 2016

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  • Vlk yeah!

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    I enjoyed both of the previous tracks I heard from this album, expect this to be no different.

  • Hmm, Soundcloud is not working for me. Anyways, Tour de Garde is a great distro. I’ve made a few purchases from them. Total support. Hail to the underground.

  • Stanley

    Good tunes. Does V.D. mean the same in the US as the UK?

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Venereal disease? In this case I think the initials stand for the artist’s name.

      • Stanley

        I know, but….

    • Dubs

      Valentine’s Day? jujujujuju

      • Very DONG

      • DVRKBEVRD

        (i popped on a repress of Years Past Matter this morning)

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        Valentine Dongs?

        • more beer

          Happy late birthday. Hope you drank a bunch of fancy booze.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Thanks! Haha no, I slept for most of the day.

          • more beer

            I got to get one of my friend’s out of jail yesterday. Dumbass driving drunk on St Patrick’s Day. The only day worse to do that is New Years eve.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            yeeeppp and xmas/july4th

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Oddly enough, I’ve never gotten into trouble on St. Patrick’s Day. You’d think that and it being my birthday, I’d be more rowdy than usual, especially back home. And especially around the drunks in Wrigleyville on SPD.

          • more beer

            Well doing 55 in a 35 mile an hour zone. Will bring attention to you at bar closing time. I know in New York St Patrick’s Day was so crazy the cops couldn’t be bothered with drunks, everyone is drunk. So you were probably pretty safe back home on your birthday as there was probably way too much shit going on for them to bother with you.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Haha yep! Or just dumb luck all those times I did dumb shit while drunk in public. :-p

          • more beer

            We all have.

          • Truth.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Mine a bit more than others! :-p

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    I never get tired of seeing “Exclusive Track Premiere” on this site.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I never get tired of seeing you on this site, Boss.

      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        The feeling is mutual, buddy!

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Toilet Ov Brotherly Love

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Good shit.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Good shit. Dig the artwork. Not feeling the vocals at all. Where’s the cvnting anguish of this wretched existence? But all else ain’t bad.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Fuck, I swear all bands eventually go for simple legible font. Fucking cvunts.

      • Yeah, I don’t understand it.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Cunty.

          • Boom. By the Blessing of Satan will never be topped though.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ij1humBSqs

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Still don’t own any of their shit. Lame.

          • This is the only album I have by them. Just the CD, but it rules. Rituale Satanum is a good one too, but I always seem to go right for By the Blessing of Satan.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            LMAO @ Fist Of The Satanist.

          • That song crushes, though.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Haha, haven’t listened to it yet, but that song title is supreme lolbuttz.

          • I’d recommend it, that whole album is just perfect at what it does.

    • Hubert

      That picture is great. Caves and cloaks>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • YES! Got this on cassette. Killer project. Singer is from Tukaaria, Drummer is the main dude from from Nocturnal Blood/The Haunting Presence, and the guitarist is the mighty Volahn!!! Need more of this.

          • Rob M

            Agreed..they havent done anything since the split with Haunting Presence and that came out the same year as the demo

          • That’s a great split too! Still need that one.

          • Rob M

            Same…Did they ever shoot off more copies of that split? I know the first run was really limited

          • They did, it took almost two months for my order to get shipped. The repress must have been behind schedule.

            EDIT: Sorry I’m referring to the demo. Ooops. Not sure about the split.

          • Rob M

            Nice!

            …going to have to track that down

          • Definitely in agreement with you there, I’d love another EP or demo.

    • DVRKBEVRD

      have you noticed a big move towards plain text fonts for logos?

      • Yup, and I despise the approach.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          i think those bands are trying to aim for an air of sophistication. .. when we dont want sophistication!

          • Stanley

            No to sofustikayshun!

          • This is just me, but either use your logo or don’t use it at all. Don’t go for some boring clean font. Some album examples: Newest Skáphe, Misþyrming, and Tetragrammacide.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i do think it can be used to some effect whenever a band puts out different kinds of material (a la Blut Aus Nord)

          • Yeah, it can be used. I just don’t see the need to if your logo works just fine.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
          • DVRKBEVRD

            thats a good band

          • #TreesNShit #ForReal

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            That’s The Artists Formerly Known As Unpronounceable Name.

          • Set that shit on fire.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            To make it more illegible/kvlt?

          • No, just to set it one fire. Fire rules.

          • maybe they’re just getting tired of the occasional folks who can’t read the name, and realize “hey we’re making good music and would like to reach a few more ears”

          • DVRKBEVRD

            catering to plebs? we all know thats not metal

          • no, not like that at all. i mean if [Band X] knows their music slays, and is tired of selling only 50 albums each cycle (to people who know them by name), perhaps the members wouldn’t mind busting through that font-barrier which prevents a few eager ears from knowing who they are.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i knew what you meant, i was joking. im sure thats a big part of it.

            but for a band like behexen, thats been doing this since the late 90s???:
            http://www.metal-archives.com/images/6/3/1/0/6310_photo.jpg?1130

          • sorry m9! on rare occasions i get serious when i’m not supposed to be. <3

          • DVRKBEVRD

            its ok bb♡

          • CT-12

            I remember watching a video where someone was asking Immolation why they stopped using their old logo, and they said they only use their newer logo on CD’s so it doesn’t interfere with the artwork as much (or something along those lines). They still like their old logo and will use it on merch all the time, but they just thought it helped everything look a little cleaner (and also respect the cover artist). I figure maybe other bands have the same idea, or not, who knows…

      • CyberneticOrganism

        When it’s done well and it gels with the overall art or graphic design approach, I like it. When you just slap your pile-of-twigs band name into Helvetica and call it a day, it’ll suck.

        My favorite approach is when a logo is cleaned up to be more symmetrical. Moonsorrow could really use this; it’s just a bit off-center and it drives me nuts.

        http://www.dragon-productions.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/moonsorrow-logo.jpg

        • DVRKBEVRD

          i know what you mean with the asymmetry!

  • This is a solid jam.

  • DVRKBEVRD

    very nice. Hail Vlk!

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    I can dig this! Riffs are jamming.

    • killvps

      It is indeed a delight

  • Stanley

    There’s a lot more going on in these songs, but I’m detecting a Megiddo vibe, especially in the one over at IO.

    • Dubs

      I pick out little nuances on each spin.

    • I thought the same thing about Megiddo. Definitely with the vocals and slower sections.

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    The Immortal worship, strong it is with this one!

  • This is awesome. The drumming kills, the vocals are cool, the guitars sounds powerful… EVERYTHING KILLS OVER HERE!

    Approved. I will sacrifice one malandro to please these shamans.

    http://photos.vanityfair.com/2015/06/01/556bb676378caf0d670e4d50_jon-snow-white-walker.gif

  • Rob M

    Heard a track by them over on NCS…really digging the music, but I thought the vocals sounded muted. Think they need to balance the mix a bit better

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    In other news, new Hail Of Bullets song! Show me your war face!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo2-eEmRkNI

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Both songs rips hard, thank you Toilet!

  • Eliza

    I like the sound of this song.

  • Waynecro

    This is awesome! Thanks!