Wolves In The Throne Room make their return to Dublin with a gig in Whelan’s on December 4th
Wolves In The Throne Room’s sixth album Thrice Woven will be released on September 22nd on their own label, Artemisia Records. It’s available to preorder now via Bandcamp.
WITTR’s Aaron says “When we first came to Europe over 10 years ago we had no idea what to expect. Would we be accepted? Would we be hated? We could only pray that Europeans would understand what we were trying to say with our music. And so we got in the van and made our way across your continent. We met in celebration with metal heads in leather and spikes, goths, left-wing squatter punks, all kinds of artists and heart-warriors in the cities and countryside. All people of good heart and free spirit! We met so many amazing people who changed our lives and opened our minds. Thank you people of Europe. Now, the THRICE WOVEN era dawns upon your shores. Hail to the fans!
Thank you! Aaron+WITTR”
Wolves In The Throne Room Whelan’s 4th December
No word yet on ticket prices or availability.
Since their inception in 2002, Wolves In The Throne Room have accrued over 5 studio albums and hundreds of live performances reinterpreting black metal through their own Cascadian prism. Their songs explore the hidden world of magic that one accesses through dreams, visions and music and the resulting sounds are intimately linked to the wild lands of the Pacific Northwest. Now, a portal into the dreamworld of Wolves In The Throne Room opens again with their forthcoming sixth LP, Thrice Woven a glorious return to the blazing and furious Black Metal that they alone can create.
The album begins with Born From the Serpent’s Eye a true thrashing black metal epic that is bisected with a haunting northern lament sung by Swedish star Anna von Hausswolff. The band worked with metal documentarians Peter Beste and Nico Poalillo to create a video for this track which captures a bonfire-lit performance in the forest near their Olympia compound.
The Old Ones Are With Us opens with the crackling of a fire and the voice of Steve Von Till (Neurosis) invoking the springtime thaw. It then storms into a dirge inspired by 90’s Finnish doom with lyrics that celebrate Imbolc, the holy day which marks the end of winter and the first stirrings of spring.
Figures from Norse mythology intertwine with personal heartbreak and rebirth in the bleak Angrboda. The song is named after a frost giantess who birthed Fenris Wolf, a beast who was destined to destroy the world and murder the gods. Fenris Wolf also appears on the cover of THRICE WOVEN in a painting by Russian occult artist Denis Forkas. Forkas’ obscure medieval painting techniques perfectly compliment the music of Wolves in the Throne Room.
A raven’s wings stir the air in the interlude Mother Owl, Father Ocean. Anna von Hausswolff returns in a duet with Turkish harpist Zeynep Oyku. Forlorn industrial atmospheres haunt the mix. Hausswolff’s lyrics, sung in Swedish, echo over a barren grey seascape.
Fires Roar in the Palace of the Moon is the classic Cascadian Black Metal epic. The third eye opens to see holy rivers being born from the ice on the tallest peaks. The lyrics offer blessings to the waters of the earth as they flow from the high places to the source of darkness, the ocean.