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Diadem of 12 Stars

Wolves in the Throne Room

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Album Review

Hailing from what's fast emerging as the American equivalent of Scandinavia (at least where heavy metal is concerned), the Pacific Northwest, Wolves in the Throne Room compose haunting black metal inspired by fog-draped forests and long, dreary, dark winters. But the imaginatively named trio is not your everyday, pagan-worshipping, blood-sucking, corpse-paint-donning black metal band, either; but rather residents of a self-sufficient commune situated outside of Olympia, WA, where frugal living conditions help dictate the band's focus on music — not dressing up like it's Halloween all year-round. Well, maybe just the mandatory hooded cloak, but that's almost de rigueur when signing to an independent black metal label like Vendlus. Anyway, cloaks or no cloaks, the music presented by Wolves in the Throne Room on their full-length debut, Diadem of 12 Stars, is truly powerful stuff: consisting of ten-plus-minute agglomerations of alternating furious blastbeats, sweeping mournful melodies, buzzsaw riffs, and scorched earth vocal screeches. Ultimately, the music's desolate ambiance is arguably taken to extremis on the 20-minute title track, which, with its additional neo-folk elements, atmospheric quiet passages, and eerie female voices decrying lyrics about mankind's lost affinity with nature, evokes almost palpable visions of cryptic pagan rituals. Yes, the band's instrumental execution could be a little bit tighter all around, their arrangements from passage to passage more fluid, and of course there's little on offer that hasn't already been done before; but that doesn't mean Diadem of 12 Stars won't provide a stimulating listening for experienced fans of black metal.

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Epic

To the whiner crying about the songs being too long, go buy some crapola band like Dragonforce because this is true black metal. Right from my backyard, Seattle puts out another great metal band (see Nevermore, Metal Church, Queensryche, etc.) even though it is known for being the place for grunge. Buy this and experience black metal at its best.

Wolves In the Throne Room's Diadem of 12 Stars - A Haiku

Strip down the layers,
Reawaken this spirit,
Black intensity

~by Vordek (Recommended tracks: All.)

Promising.....

This band will be worth watching in the coming years. I knew nothing about them nor had I heard of them when I saw that several readers of Metal Maniac's had voted thier album #1 of 2006. I was intrigued so I decided $10 was a fair price for something so highly regarded. This album is their first release and is VERY raw and unpolished but the talent still comes through the immense feedback. This band has announced plans to release a new album in the spring/summer of 2007 and it will be interesting to see how they progress (if at all) on thier new release.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Olympia, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Comprising dual vocalist/guitarists Rick Dahlin and Nathan Weaver, plus drummer Aaron Weaver (Nathan's brother), Olympia, Washington's Wolves in the Throne Room deal in dour black metal epics inspired by long, bleak winters, pagan legends, and Scandinavian bands like Darkthrone, Windir, and Enslaved. Honing their dark craft with two EPs in 2004 and 2005, the trio recorded their well-received debut full-length, Diadem of 12 Stars, in 2006, releasing it through Vendlus Records. Arriving in 2007, the...
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