Diadem of 12 Stars

by Wolves in the Throne Room

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Written almost exclusively in a windowless black room over the long, dark winter nights of 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 created a unique melancholic atmosphere. Diadem of 12 Stars is about lunar sorcery on Cascadian mountain tops and encounters with wild spirits. In contrast to the icy, razor-sharp soundscapes of their 90's Norwegian forebears, the sound of Diadem is lush and ethereal, dripping with rain soaked moss and lichen.

In 2006, all but a few self-defined black metal acts performed live. In contrast, WITTR honed the material for Diadem by touring across the country’s basements and squats. In many ways, Diadem's raw analog sound pays homage to the band’s varied influences. You can hear the harsh black metal of Norway's Ulver and Emperor, as well as 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. With Diadem of 12 Stars, the band distills these inspirations to create a sound that is entirely their own.

Described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as the most raw and “punk” of their five full length releases, Diadem 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 re-issued version 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.

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released June 17, 2016

Wolves in the Throne Room are:
Aaron Weaver: Drums
Rick Dahlin: Guitars and Voice
Nathan Weaver: Guitars and Voice

Additional Musicians:
Jamie Myers: Vocals on Queen of the Borrowed Light
(A Shimmering Radiance) Diadem of 12 Stars
and Face in a Night Time Mirror part 1
Dino Sommese: Vocals on Queen of the Borrowed Light
and Face in a Night Time Mirror part 2

Produced by Wolves in the Throne Room and Tim Green
Recorded at Louder Studios in San Francisco by Tim Green in August 2005
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering service
Front and back cover photos by Kevin Ebi
Inner gatefold photo by John Westrock
LP sleeve photos by Johnny Delacey
Layout art direction by Nathan Weaver
Design by Rachel Carns & Chimere Noire

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Wolves in the Throne Room Olympia, Washington

Wolves in the Throne Room re-imagined black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest. They are considered as one of the most potent and highly regarded bands in heavy metal today. Now, a portal into their mythic ethereal heathen landscape opens once again. On September 22nd the band will release THRICE WOVEN on their own label Artemisia Records. ... more

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