Wolves in the Throne Room
|Wolves in the Throne Room|
|Origin||Olympia, Washington, United States|
|Genres||Black metal, ambient|
|Labels||Southern Lord, Vendlus, Artemisia|
|Associated acts||Asunder, Dystopia, Ludicra, Fauna, Middian|
According to the band, one of the founding concepts of WITTR is to channel the "energies of the Pacific Northwest's landscape" into musical form.
The main members of Wolves in the Throne Room are brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver.
The band's first release was their 2004 demo, a black CDR wrapped in fur with moss inside the lyric sheet.
Their next release was Two Hunters (2007). Two Hunters was the first time the band worked with producer Randall Dunn, who has produced all their subsequent releases. During the Two Hunters sessions, the band began to work with analog synthesizers, which has become a crucial feature in the band's sound.
Celestial Lineage was released on September 13, 2011 and is the third installment in a trilogy that began with Two Hunters. Music critic Brandon Stosuy described Celestial Lineage as "American black metal's idiosyncratic defining record of 2011".
In January, 2014, it was announced that a 'companion album' to the opus Celestial Lineage was set to be released in 2014, entitled Celestite. Celestite was released in North America on 8 July 2014 and was described as an experimental extension on musical themes explored in their previous album Celestial Lineage.
Ideology and sound
Wolves in the Throne Room has not incorporated most of the traditional traits of black metal such as corpse paint, the use of pseudonyms and Satanic imagery. Member Aaron Weaver has said, "Wolves in the Throne Room is not black metal, or, more accurately, we play black metal on our own terms, for our own reasons."
Unlike most modern metal bands, Wolves in the Throne Room always use vintage amplifiers and recording equipment.
Wolves in the Throne Room's sound is influenced by Scandinavian black metal, while doom metal, dark ambient, crust punk, and folk music influences are also present. Wolves in the Throne Room has often cited American band Neurosis as a key inspiration because their music "operates on a deep and intense mythic level". They have also mentioned synthesizer artists like Popol Vuh as an influence.
The group have said that starting in 2010 they will tour with their own PA system so they will no longer be forced to play at traditional venues. They have often advocated a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to music.
- Current members
- Nathan Weaver – guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, lead vocals
- Aaron Weaver – drums, guitars, bass, synthesizers, backing vocals
- Session musicians
- Jamie Myers – Sung vocals on Diadem of 12 Stars, Malevolent Grain
- Jessika Kenney – Sung vocals on Two Hunters and Celestial Lineage
- Will Lindsay (Middian) – bass on Live at Roadburn 2008
- Dino Sommese (Dystopia, Asunder) – guest vocals
- Ross Sewage (Ludicra, Impaled) – bass on 2008 Autumn US tour and 2009 Winter European tour
- Oscar Sparbell (Christian Mistress) – bass on 2009 US and European tours
- Former members
- Will Lindsay – guitar, backing vocals, bass on Black Cascade; guitar on Malevolent Grain
- Richard Dahlin – guitar on 2005 Demo, Diadem of 12 stars, Two Hunters
- Nick Paul – guitar on Wolves in the Throne Room
- Studio albums
- Diadem of 12 Stars (2006, Vendlus)
- Two Hunters (2007, Southern Lord)
- Black Cascade (2009, Southern Lord)
- Celestial Lineage (2011, Southern Lord)
- Celestite (2014, Artemisia Records)
- Malevolent Grain (2009, Southern Lord)
- Live albums
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