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 visualizer that is diving deeper into the aesthetics of “Primordial Arcana”. Yet again the clip was produced by Wolves In The Throne Room:
“’Spirit of Lightning’ returns briefly to the earthly plane as a tribute to the human connections forged in music. Metal is a community that’s bonded together through music and spirituality. This song is an homage to that community, that brotherhood and the virtues that can be espoused through it—going all the way back to the progenitors of the genre.”– Wolves In The Throne Room
“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”. The first vinyl colours are sold out already, so don’t sleep on getting one.
Wolves In The Throne Room’s new album title “Primordial Arcana” is a reference to the band’s ongoing reach back to the most ancient, archetypal energies.
Leadoff track “Mountain Magick” sets the august tone with alpine guitar melodies cresting skyward in triumph. “Spirit of Lightning” returns briefly to the earthly plane as a tribute to the human connections forged in music. Meanwhile, “Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)” is an explosion of cosmic grandeur, a symphonic rendering of the hermetic maxim “as above, so below” as envisioned by Keyworth. In fact, “Primordial Arcana” is the first Wolves In The Throne Room record in which Kody was a part of the writing process from the start, so it benefits from his background in cosmic funeral doom.
Always uncompromising, “Primordial Arcana” sees Wolves In The Throne Room stay true to their unique vision. An album born out of the DIY ethos, “Primordial Arcana” proves to be the band’s most genuine and focused. One of the year’s most ambitious recordings, “Primordial Arcana” cements Wolves In The Throne Room’s legacy as one of US Black Metal’s most daring, unique, and quintessential bands.
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
Wolves In The Throne Room Is:
Nathan Weaver – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Aaron Weaver – Drums/Synth/Voice
Kody Keyworth – Vocals/Guitar
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