Photo by: Veleda Thorsson
Official press release:
Wolves In The Throne Room proudly announces that they will be releasing the sorrowful and grand self-titled debut album by synth-driven funeral doom band Vouna through their own Artemisia Records in November. The album’s artwork, track listing, and penultimate album track “Drowning City” have been issued.
All music on Vouna was composed and all instruments performed by front-person and fellow native to the Pacific Northwest Yianna Bekris, previously of Vradiazei, Eigenlicht, and Sadhaka. Vouna’s debut evokes the devastating and beautiful journey of becoming the last person on Earth. Razor sharp tremolo picked guitars cut through the heart like a knife. Mournfully sung vocals and cinematic melodies are combined with crushing doom drumming, while layers of primitive ’90s digital synths conjure a lush and rugged soundscape. The music is inspired and influenced by Finnish funeral doom, Eastern European black metal, and Greek folk music, a must-hear for fans of My Dying Bride, Skepticism, Shape Of Despair, and similar acts.
Vouna was recorded entirely at Wolves In The Throne Room’s studio, Owl Lodge, which is located at the edge of an ancient forest in Olympia, Washington. Nathan Weaver of WITTR collaborated with Yianna to create the artwork, which mixes archaic Hellenic mythic images with Cascadian atmospheres.
Stream Vouna’s “Drowning City” single now:
Vouna will see release on CD, LP, and digital platforms on November 9th. Watch for pre-orders for all formats as well as other Vouna merchandise to be made available at the Artemisia webstore in early October.
On stage, the Vouna live lineup is fronted by Yianna Bekris on guitar and lead vocals, with Lord Hoelzel on drums, Autumn Kassel on synth, Caitlin Fate on lead guitar, and Marrow handling bass and backing vocals.
Watch for new tour dates from the band to be posted in the days ahead, alongside additional audio previews of the album.
Vouna track listing:
1. “A Place To Rest”
3. “Last Dream”
4. “Drowning City”
5. “You Took Me”