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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, and their first release via Century Media Records (in the UK, mainland Europe, outside of USA/Canada) and Relapse Records (USA and Canada) out August 20th.

In the visuals Wolves In The Throne Room are taking us on a journey through Cascadia, a bioregion that has been highly influential for the band’s aesthetics and sound. From the forests in “Mountain Magick” and rivers and streams in “Spirit of Lightning” we are following them to the ocean in their latest video for “Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)”:

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The band comments: “’Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)’ is an explosion of cosmic grandeur, a symphonic rendering of the hermetic maxim As above, so below. The lyrics are a dreamtime retelling of creation. The act of the universe creating itself comes from the same impulse—it all springs from the same source, the same union of fire and ice. It’s the interplay between polarised opposites, and it’s from their contradiction and chaos that life happens and music and the planets are created.”

Primordial Arcana is the band’s first completely self-contained work: in addition to composition and performance, brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver alongside guitarist Kody Keyworth handled all aspects of recording, producing and mixing at their own Owl Lodge Studios in the woods of Washington state.

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Photo Credit: Dreaming God

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, and their first release via Century Media Records (outside of USA and Canada) and Relapse Records (USA and Canada) out August 20th.

After releasing a first taste with “Mountain Magick” in June the band has just launched “Spirit of Lightning” including a special visualiser that is diving deeper into the aesthetics of Primordial Arcana. Yet again the clip was produced by Wolves In The Throne Room.

Check the clip here:

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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, and their first release via Century Media Records (outside of USA and Canada) and Relapse Records (USA and Canada) out August 20th.

Watch the ‘Mountain Magick’ music video, directed by Wolves In The Throne Room, here:

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Primordial Arcana is the band’s first completely self-contained work: In addition to composition and performance, brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver alongside guitarist Kody Keyworth handled all aspects of recording, producing and mixing at their own Owl Lodge Studios in the woods of Washington state.

Primordial Arcana is out August 20 via Century Media Records outside of USA/Canada and available in the following formats with the Ltd. Gatefold 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster variants being cut to 45rpm and coming with an additional track, “Skyclad Passage”:

Ltd. Gatefold olive green 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (limited to 1.600)

Ltd. Gatefold deep blood red 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (limited to 1.000) only available at Kings Road Merch Europe (Official Store)

Ltd. Gatefold clear 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (limited to 300) available at Distro Wholesale EU

Ltd. Gatefold dark green 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (limited to 200) only available at Supreme Chaos

Ltd. Gatefold transp. light blue 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (limited to 200) only available at Evil Greed

Ltd. Gatefold creamy white 2LP & LP-Booklet & Poster (limited to 200) only available at EMP and Nuclear Blast

Ltd. brown LP & LP-Booklet (limited to 300) available at all UK Indie outlets

Ltd. transp. sun yellow LP & LP-Booklet (limited to 200) only available at Consouling Sounds

Ltd. CD Mediabook

Digital Album

September 24th:

black LP & LP-Booklet

First preorders are up under the following link: https://wolvesinthethroneroom.lnk.to/PrimordialArcana

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM

BLOOD INCANTATION

Stygian Bough (A collaboration between Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin)

13.10.21 (DE) Hamburg – Knust

14.10.21 (DK) Copenhagen – Pumpehuset

15.10.21 (NL) Utrecht – Tivolivredenburg Pandora

16.10.21 (NL) Nijmegen – Doornroosje

19.10.21 (PL) Warsaw – Proxima

20.10.21 (PL) Krakow – Kwadrat

21.10.21 (CZ) Prague – Futurum

22.10.21 (HU) Budapest – Instant

23.10.21 (AT) Vienna – Szene

26.10.21 (FR) Lyon – CCO Villeurbanne

27.10-21 (DE) Karlsruhe – Die Stadtmitte

28.10.21 (FR) Colmar – Le Grillen

29.10.21 (DE) Munster – Sputnikhalle

31.10.21 (DE) Leipzig – Conne Island

02.11.21 (DE) Berlin – SO36

03.11.21 (DE) Hannover – Musikzentrum

04.11.21 (FR) Paris – La Machine du Moulin Rouge

05.11.21 (FR) Dunkirk – Les 4Ecluses

06.11.21 (UK) Leeds – Damnation Festival

07.11.21 (UK) London – Heaven

09.11.21 (SP) Madrid – Mon

10.11.21 (SP) Barcelona – Apolo 1

11.11.21 (FR) Toulouse – Le Rex

12.11.21 (IT) Milano – Legend Club

13.11.21 (CH) Winterthur – Gaswerk

14.11.21 (DE) Munich – Backstage Halle

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Artemisia Records – 17th June 2016

Christopher Nosnibor

Wolves In The Throne Room have achieved that rare thing of achieving a substantial fan-base and widespread recognition, while retaining the ultimate cult status. They’re genuinely seminal, having reinvented and reinvigorated black metal, largely on account of the imagination they’ve displayed in their approach to the genre’s well-established tropes. Diadem of 12 Stars was their debut album, released in 2006 , and even now, it’s in a different league from the majority of the black metal being churned out in 2016.

Wolves in the Throne Room have always been about expanding the horizons of the black metal genre, and making music on their own terms, and their devastating debut clearly sets the co-ordinates for a monstrous musical adventure.

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. In short, there’ much to get excited about. This is an album that deserves to be appreciated as conceived and envisaged.

The tale around its conception and evolution is one worth retelling, because the context matters. To save some typing I shall quote from het press blurb: ‘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 and built around the reimagining of black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest… 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.’

Indeed, what really stands out is just how textured and varied the songs are. It’s blistering blinding in its intensity. It shows all the hallmarks of classic black metal, in particular the dominance of the dense wall of noise guitar and the ruined, demonic vocals. But there are passages of exquisite beauty alongside the raging torment. The first track, ‘Queen of Borrowed Light’ is by no means a post-rock track, but detours into magnificent and luscious instrumental passages which are almost the very definition of post-rock. Weaving between different moods and exploring both an emotional and sonic range, it’s an intriguingly

Multi-faceted composition which immediately set Wolves in the Throne Room apart from their peers.

The opening segment of ‘Face in a Night Time Mirror Part I’ is remarkably accessible, almost a conventional rock composition, which feeds into a delicate acoustic passage, before, of course, all hell breaks loose in an earth-shattering tumult of ferocious angst. This is exactly as it should be.

‘Face in a Night Time Mirror Part II’ dredges the silt beds of the bowels of hell for an excruciatingly heavy fourteen minutes. It’s black and it’s metal: it’s the sound of purgatory, distilled and amplified.

The last of the four tracks, he twenty-minute ‘(A Shimmering Radiance) Diadem of 12 Stars’ is beyond immense: it’s not simply a matter of length, and I’ll refrain from making any puerile gags about girth etc. for a change. Instead, shut up and listen and let your jaw hang as it transitions from expansive prog rock to snarling, speaker-annihilating metal of the blackest shade. The shock and awe is, again, less about the album’s extremity but its range. It’s an outstanding and incredible album, and the passage of a decade has done nothing to dull the fact. And this more than justifies revisiting it now.

 

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