Fans of Pacific Northwest hermits Wolves In The Throne Room can rejoice that their debut record Diadem Of 12 Stars, described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as the rawest and most “punk” of their five full-length releases, will be re-released this year. Pre-orders are already available HERE through the band’s own label Artemisia. It is certainly the most primal in a certain sense (though arguably the droning Celestite is the most “cosmic” overall…which is another side of the primal void). The analog synth sound of subsequent records is not yet present, but Diadem does boast cameos from the amazing siren Jamie Myers (Sabbath Assembly) and Dino Sommese (Dystopia). Additionally, the songs were rocked out in just a few takes and mixed without a computer. It feels very alive and feral as a result, a modern underground classic in certain circles.
From the release:
Written almost exclusively in a windowless, black room over the long dark nights of Winter 2005, Diadem Of 12 Stars was the first official WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM release. Re-imagining black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest, WITTR created a unique melancholic atmosphere. Diadem Of 12 Stars is about lunar sorcery on Cascadian mountaintops and encounters with wild spirits. In contrast to the icy, razor sharp soundscapes of their 90s Norwegian forebears, the sound of Diadem… is lush and ethereal, dripping with rain soaked moss and lichen.
Pretty amazing to think how much the narrative of black metal’s scope has changed since bands like Agalloch, WITTR or Ludicra came onto the scene. Nowadays the umbrella effect of American BM sub-genres has almost gotten away with itself if you are trying to keep up with all the bands collaging elements of BM under their roof, but WITTR really cast a big shadow of influence since their inception and this early release still sounds fresh and vital to these ears.
Tour dates BELOW.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Tour Dates:
9/13/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
9/14/2016 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/15/2016 DC9 – Washington, DC
9/17/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/18/2016 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
9/19/2016 Sisters In Christ – New Orleans, LA
9/20/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX
9/21/2016 Dada – Dallas, TX
9/22/2016 Riot Room – Lawrence, KS
9/23/2016 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
9/24/2016 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
9/26/2016 Space Gallery – Portland, ME
9/27/2016 Cuisine En Locale – Somerville, MA