Official press release:
Pacific Northwest black metal clan Wolves In The Throne Room will proudly re-release their 2006 debut album Diadem Of 12 Stars through their own Artemisia Records in mid-June. The album will precede the band’s first East Coast North American dates in five years.
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, WITTR created 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, the sound of Diadem… is lush and ethereal, dripping with rain soaked moss and lichen.
Wolves In The Throne Room honed the material for Diadem Of 12 Stars by touring across the country’s basements and squats. Its raw analog sound in many ways pays homage to the band’s varied influences: the harsh black metal of Norwegians Ulver and Emperor or 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. Yet, WITTR distills these inspirations to create a sound that is entirely their own.
Described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as the rawest and most “punk” of their five full-length releases Diadem Of 12 Stars 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 reissued version has been carefully remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The band redeveloped every photograph from the original negatives, creating richer, high quality prints in order to present the artwork as originally envisioned.
The Diadem Of 12 Stars reissue will be released June 17th on CD, 2xLP, Cassette, and all Digital formats. Preorders are live right HERE.
Diadem Of 12 Stars track listing:
1. “Queen Of The Borrowed Light”
2. “Face In A Night Time Mirror (Part 1)”
3. “Face In A Night Time Mirror (Part 2)”
4. “(A Shimmering Radiance) Diadem Of 12 Stars”
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