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Diadem of 12 Stars


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Jordan Vauvert
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Jordan Vauvert Premier album de la Meute. Les ambiances atmosphériques contemplatives sont un peu moins présentes sur cette première tentative : Wolves in the Throne Room partent plutôt sur l'optique de déchirer de leurs crocs les auditeurs avec un son agressif. Par contre, la production est impeccable, ce qui est moins courant dans le genre, et c'est très agréable à suivre. Favorite track: (A Shimmering Radiance) Diadem of 12 Stars.
Peggy Clark
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Peggy Clark Long live the wilderness, and long live wolves Favorite track: (A Shimmering Radiance) Diadem of 12 Stars.
Matthew Toye
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Matthew Toye Now one of the most essential black metal albums comes fully remastered. WITTR reimagines all of Mother Nature's atmosphere and beauty with a furious majesty. This is magic for your ears. Favorite track: Queen of Borrowed Light.
Jordan Johansen
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Jordan Johansen Dripping with emotion. Nice to see a reissue. Favorite track: Queen of Borrowed Light.
Riff Spreader
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Riff Spreader WITTR's debut album finally reissued. One of the foundations of the USBM genre, and a classic staple of black metal in general.
The Mustard Man
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The Mustard Man I fancy the Queen of Borrowed Mustard. Favorite track: Queen of Borrowed Light.
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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.


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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Two decades into their journey as ritualistic black metal conjurers, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have emerged from the forest with Primordial Arcana, their most majestic album to date. Primordial Arcana is out August 20 on Relapse Records (North America) & Century Media (Europe). ... more


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