Boomkat Product Review:
Reissue of WITTR’s 2006 debut album - a lusher, epic take on classic Norwegian BM themes.
“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, 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 90s 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. It’s 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 it 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.”