Pacific Northwest black metal clan Wolves In The Throne Room will proudly re-release their 2006 debut album Diadem Of 12 Stars through their own Artemisia Records on 17th June.
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.
Wolves In The Throne Room honed the material for Diadem Of 12 Stars by touring across the country’s basements and squats. Its raw analog sound in many ways pays homage to the band’s varied influences: the harsh black metal of Norwegians Ulver and Emperor or their American counterparts Weakling and Ludicra, the monolithic heaviness of Neurosis and Swans, the sorrowful Funeral Doom of My Dying Bride and in places, the mournful goth of Dead Can Dance. Yet, WITTR distills these inspirations to create a sound that is entirely their own.
Described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as the rawest and most “punk” of their five full-length releases Diadem Of 12 Stars was recorded live to tape in Oakland by Tim Green. Joined in the studio by Jamie Myers (Hammers Of Misfortune, Sabbath Assembly) and Dino Sommese (Asunder. Dystopia), every song was rendered in one or two takes and the album was mixed without the aid of a computer. Originally released on a small DIY label and unavailable physically for many years, this reissued version has been carefully remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The band redeveloped every photograph from the original negatives, creating richer, high quality prints in order to present the artwork as originally envisioned.
The Diadem Of 12 Stars reissue will be released on CD, 2xLP, Cassette and all Digital formats. Pre order via the band’s webshop. Wolves In The Throne Room will follow the reissue with their first live performances since mid-2014 this September, with two weeks of shows currently confirmed and more to be added in the coming weeks.
Wolves In The Throne Room has to date released five studio albums, two EPs, and multiple live albums to date, including Diadem Of 12 Stars (2006), Two Hunters (2007), Black Cascade(2008), Celestial Lineage (2011), and most recently, Celestite (2014), which was an instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. The band is currently working on new material, which promises to be their heaviest and darkest in some time.