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|
Wolves in the Throne Room is an American extreme metal band formed in 2003 in Olympia, Washington. The band is primarily composed of brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver. To date the band have released five full-length albums, two live albums, one EP, and two demos. Their latest album is 2015's Celestite, an ambient album released through their own record label Artemisia Records. According to the band, one of the founding concepts of the band is to channel the "energies of the Pacific Northwest's landscape" into musical form.
The band's first release was their 2004 demo, a black CDR wrapped in fur with moss inside the lyric sheet. Their debut full-length album Diadem of 12 Stars was released in 2006. It was recorded by Tim Green at Louder Studios in San Francisco. The album attracted the attention of Southern Lord Records, who signed the band, reissuing it on vinyl. The album has been described as blending elements of dark folk with black metal to create a piece that is as "dark, haunting piece that's as gorgeous as it is ugly."
They released their second full-length album Two Hunters in 2007, the first part of a trilogy of albums that was concluded with Celestial Lineage. 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.
Their third album Black Cascade was released in March 2009, again through Southern Lord. The album featured a much rawer and more stripped-down sound, and the band has said that they "wanted to record an album that focussed on guitar, drums and vocals, rather than studio explorations." After the release of Black Cascade, the band began a period of touring in the United States and Europe.
The band released their fourth full-length album Celestial Lineage on September 13, 2011 Music critic Brandon Stosuy described Celestial Lineage as "American black metal's idiosyncratic defining record of 2011". AllMusic's Eduardo Rivadavia argued that the album married the differing sounds of the two previous albums, "resulting in their most refined and confident outing to date."
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.
In April 2016, the band announced that they would be remastering and reissuing their first album Diadem of 12 Stars on a variety of formats on June 17, as well as a North American tour through much of September.
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." And unlike most modern metal bands, Wolves in the Throne Room always use vintage amplifiers and recording equipment.
Aaron Weaver has also described their music as "striving to operate on the mythic level", commenting that "I think there's this sense that we've lost something and we can't have it back. And maybe it's not something we ever wanted to begin with. That sense of despair and loss and you don't even know what you lost. That's one of the central themes in black metal and that runs through our records as well." He went on to add that one of the central ideals of the band is "the idea of uncovering the occult or the spiritual or the energetic reality of place. Being deeply connected to a place and creating music and art that rises up out of a landscape."
Wolves in the Throne Room's sound is influenced by Scandinavian black metal, while doom metal, dark ambient, crust punk, and folk music influences also exist. 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.
- 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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