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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM

DIADEM OF 12 STARS

ARTEMISIA


Format: 2xLPs
Cata No: DIA014
Barcode: 655035501413
Format: CD
Cata No: DIA014CD
Barcode: 655035501420
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, Wolves In The Throne Room craft 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, Diadem
of 12 Stars is lush and ethereal, dripping with rain-soaked moss and lichen.
In 2006, all but a few self-defined black metal acts avoided performing
live. In contrast, Wolves In The Throne Room honed the material for Diadem
of 12 Stars by touring across the country’s basements and squats. It’s raw analog
sound, paying homage to the band’s varied influences—the harsh black
metal of Norwegians Ulver and Emperor, and their American counterparts
Weakling and Ludicra; the monolithic heaviness of Neurosis and Swans; the
sorrowful funeral doom of My Dying Bride; the mournful goth of Dead Can
Dance—yet it distills these inspirations to create a sound entirely their own.
Described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as “the most raw and punk” of
their five full-length releases, Diadem of 12 Stars was recorded live to tape in
Oakland by Tim Green. The band was 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 mixed without
the aid of a computer. Originally released on a small DIY label and unavailable
physically for many years, the album has been carefully re-mastered by
Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The band re-developed every
photograph from the original negatives, creating richer, high quality prints in
order to present the artwork as originally envisioned.
Wolves In The Throne Room have released five studio albums, two EPs,
and multiple live albums, including Two Hunters (2007), Black Cascade
(2008) Celestial Lineage (2011), and Celestite (2014 — an instrumental, experimental
companion to Celestial Lineage).
Wolves In The Throne Room are currently working on new material (their
heaviest and darkest in some time) and will tour the Eastern United States in
September 2016.

Tracks:

1. Queen of Borrowed Light
2. Face in a Night Time Mirror, Pt. 1
3. Face in a Night Time Mirror, Pt. 2
4. (A Shimmering Radiance)
Diadem of 12 Stars

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