Wolves in the Throne Room
BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini



by btati USER (6 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2015 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Wolves in the Throne Room are an American black metal band from Washington lead by Aaron and Nathan Weaver. These brothers have released several dark and atmospheric records as WITTR and this live release features two tracks from their 2011 album "Celestial Lineage." I picked up this release on vinyl because it featured both of my favorite tracks from Celestial Lineage.

The first track "Thuja Magus Imperium" starts off the same way as the album but without the haunting female vocals. Some say these are greatly missed from the live album but I think it gives the song a different tone to it. It feels darker and emptier which works perfect in the context of WITTR. This is how they play it live so it is fair to give the listener the proper experience and I enjoy having both versions to listen to. The performance is executed very well and the production is distinct but still raw as one would expect. The guitar solo is spot on as well.

The second track "Prayer of Transformation" is my personal favorite of theirs. It is one of the most unique tracks WITTR has put out besides their interludes. It is slow and almost reminiscent of doom metal. The listener is able to feel more of Nathan Weaver's emotional screams and the lead guitar accents the vocals very well. The song builds very nicely and has an excellent finish.

I definitely recommend this for WITTR fans even if you have Celestial Lineage. This release along with their Roadburn release shows WITTR's skills in the live setting very well. I think the biggest strength here is the proper production. It isn't too raw nor is it too produced. It is messy and raw and everything one could hope for from Wolves in the Throne Room. The vinyl edition is also great because the discs are to be played at 45 rpm but when your player to 33 rpm, it sounds equally awesome and intense.

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December 2nd 2015


unspoken rule around here that we only post a review a day or only have one review on the homepage at a time to ensure fair views for all

should be a nice guy and post to have some of these deleted and post em later

Storm In A Teacup
December 2nd 2015


Or just live and learn and now next time you know. Having them deleted now is pointless.

What is this album tho? BBC knows who Wolves in the Throne Room are and they knew way back in 2011?? That is crazy.

December 2nd 2015


Anno Domini. I knew this band was secretly catholic.

December 2nd 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

It's a live album they did for BBC. They're pretty hip. I remember NPR streaming the newest Agalloch record as well.

December 17th 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

Still the kings. FTW

February 9th 2021


I ordered this on wax and it came snapped.

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