While U.S. black metal is generally a running joke in the metal scene, Olympia, Washington’s WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM are a clear exception. No childish gimmicks are needed here and the band treat their music as art. While the four songs, which clock in at over 10 minutes, on the album are not epic numbers, the band thrive on their ability to create strong atmospheres. Even though the music is not particularly complex or technical, their relentless use of blazing guitars and blast beats in straight forward song structures just gels well. At times the blast beats become almost hypnotic and the listener almost forgets the ferocious pace at which the action is taking place. The hypnotic aspect of WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM also appears in the seemlessly subtle transitions in tempo. One second the band is blasting away and before you know it, the action has slowed considerably. While there are no huge monster riffs on Black Cascade, its the total impact of all the riffs that is the source of their effectiveness. While the band are obviously playing black metal, they separate themselves from the pack of wannabes by creating such a distinct and unique style within the black metal genre. Forget your blind allegiances to geography in metal and open your ears. (Southern Lord Records)

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Set for Headline Tour in May

Acclaimed ethereal USBM unit WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have just announced their upcoming North American tour this May, which they will be headlining. Joined by a host of other acts such as KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT, THRONES and more along the way, the band has also been added to this year’s Maryland Deathfest which lands in the middle of the tour, appearing alongside DESTROYER 666, ABSU, BOLT THROWER, BRUTAL TRUTH and more.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – headlining North American tour
5/13/2009 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO w/KRALLICE
5/14/2009 The Picador – Iowa City, IA w/KRALLICE
5/15/2009 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
5/16/2009 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/17/2009 Casbah – Hamilton, ON w/A STORM OF LIGHT, KRALLICE
5/18/2009 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON w/THRONES, KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/19/2009 La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QC w/THRONES, KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/21/2009 Great Scott – Allston, MA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/22/2009 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/THRONES, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/23/2009 Sonar – Baltimore, MD – as part of Maryland Deathfest
5/24/2009 Club Hell – Providence, RI w/A STORM OF LIGHT
5/25/2009 Wallingford American Legion – Wallingford, CT w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/26/2009 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
5/28/2009 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT [6 PM show]
5/28/2009 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT [10 PM show]
5/29/2009 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT, FORENSICS
5/30/2009 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
6/01/2009 Caledonia – Athens, GA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT
6/02/2009 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/KRALLICE, A STORM OF LIGHT

All of this action after the now ongoing tour WITTR is on alongside TOMBS and label mates PELICAN. The band are touring in support of their third full-length Black Cascade.

PELICAN Join the Southern Lord Roster

Southern Lord Records has announced the signing of Chicago’s PELICAN.  The instrumental rockers are busy recording their first EP for the label at Red Room Studios in Seattle, Washington.  Guitarist, Trevor De Brauw, promises the new material to be heavier, darker, and very riff-oriented.  A special guest (to be announced at a later time), who has been a heavy influence on the band, will make an appearance.

In March, PELICAN, will be touring alongside new label mates, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, which includes a stop at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas at the Southern Lord showcase.  Following their touring adventures, the band will focus on their fourth full-length album.

PELICAN March/April 2009 tour:

3/15/2009 The Picador – Iowa City IA *
3/16/2009 Riot Room – Kansas City, KS *
3/17/2009 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK *
3/18/2009 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX * plus TRICKY
3/19/2009 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR **
3/20/2009 Elmo’s – Austin, TX @ SXSW Southern Lord Showcase
3/22/2009 Red 7 – Austin, TX **
3/25/2009 The Sets – Tempe, AZ **
3/26/2009 The Casbah – San Diego, CA **
3/27/2009 The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA **
3/28/2009 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA **
3/29/2009 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR **
3/30/2009 Nightlight – Bellingham, WA **
3/31/2009 Neumo’s – Seattle , WA **
4/02/2009 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT **
4/03/2009 The Marquis Theatre – Denver , CO **
4/05/2009 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL **

Check out PELICAN on MySpace.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM: New EP, New Album, Tour Dates

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM‘s new EP entitled Malevolent Grain, will be released by Southern Lord in February. The EP features two brand new tracks from the Pacific Northwest organic black metallers. Conspiracy Records will offer a limited edition picture disc of the 12″ for Europe, while Southern Lord will release a black 180-gram version worldwide. Additionally the band will press a limited CD version for tour purposes only. The EP features the band’s newly designed logo crafted by renowned artist Christophe Szpajdel, designer of black metal band logos for KULT OV AZAZEL, EMPEROR, MOONSPELL and other international acts.

The third WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM full-length Black Cascade will follow, to be released on March 31st on Southern Lord Records. More info will follow soon on this wholly organic black-drone masterwork. Both the EP and the full-length were recorded to 2-inch tape by Randall Dunn and Mell Dettmer in Seattle this Winter. The new recordings are the first to feature their new guitar player Will Lindsay (MIDDIAN) who had previously served as the band’s touring bass player, in addition to longtime members, brothers Nathan and Aaron Weaver.

The band will tour Europe beginning in late January, along with three select US dates. More extensive touring through 2009 is also imminent. In addition to the new EP, other new merch for this tour includes a Live At Roadburn 2008 12″ record, which also includes a DVD and is being released by Burning World Records.

1/16/2009 The Underground Events Center (benefit for victims of the Green Scare) – Seattle, WA
1/17/2009 The Big Room – Olympia, WA w/ MT. EERIE
1/22/2009 Vera Groningen (Net)
1/23/2009 Jaz Rostock (Ger)
1/24/2009 Loppen Copenhagen (Den)
1/25/2009 Cassiopeia Berlin (Ger)
1/27/2009 Dna Brussels (Bel)
1/28/2009 Underworld London (Uk)
1/29/2009 The Croft Bristol (Uk)
1/30/2009 Busk Birmingham (Uk)
2/02/2009 Engine Rooms Brighton (Uk)
2/03/2009 Boule Noir Paris (Fra)
2/04/2009 Heretic Club Bordeaux (Fra)
2/05/2009 El Balcon De La Lola Bilbao (Spa)
2/06/2009 Sala Whippoorwill Oviedo (Spa)
2/07/2009 Porto-rio Porto (Por)
2/08/2009 Ritmo Y Compas Madrid (Spa)
2/11/2009 Magnolia Milan (Ita)
2/12/2009 Circolo Degli Artisti Rome (Ita)
2/13/2009 Cage Club Livorno (Ita)
2/15/2009 Kunstverein Nurnberg (Ger)
2/16/2009 Klub 007 Prague (Cze)
2/17/2009 Arena Vienna (Aus)
2/18/2009 Beatpol Dresden (Ger)
2/19/2009 Scheldapen Antwerp (Bel)
2/20/2009 W2 Den Bosch (Net)
2/21/2009 Festung Bitterfeld (Ger)
2/28/2009 Masquerade @ Atlanta Metal Festival – Atlanta, GA

BORIS U.S. Tour Updates

The previously announced BORIS North American tour beginning in June has been updated. The full routing is below. TORCHE will be supporting BORIS on dates, but WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have since dropped from the tour. Just added this week, NACHTMYSTIUM will join the tour from July 12th through 20th, and LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR from July 22nd through August 3rd.

06/24/2008 Casbah – San Diego, CA
06/25/2008 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
06/27/2008 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
06/28/2008 The Mohawk – Austin, TX
06/29/2008 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
07/01/2008 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
07/02/2008 Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL
07/03/2008 The Social – Orlando, FL
07/05/2008 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
07/06/2008 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
07/08/2008 Black Cat – Washington, DC
07/09/2008 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
07/10/2008 Webster Hall – New York, NY
07/11/2008 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA

07/12/2008 La Sala Rosa – Montreal, QC
07/13/2008 Barrymore – Ottawa, ON
07/14/2008 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
07/15/2008 Tralf – Buffalo, NY
07/16/2008 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
07/17/2008 Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
07/18/2008 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
07/19/2008 Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
07/20/2008 Pitchfork Music Festival / Union Park – Chicago, IL

07/22/2008 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
07/23/2008 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
07/25/2008 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
07/26/2008 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
07/29/2008 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
07/30/2008 Vancouver, BC, Canada
07/31/2008 Thu Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
08/02/2008 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
08/03/2008 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex

BORIS: North American Tour & Special Amoeba Music Show

Japan’s BORIS, who’s new album Smile came out in the U.S. today, will be embarking on a North American tour with TORCHE and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. Tour dates are as follows:

Jun 20 2008 DUDEFEST 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana
Jun 22 2008 Amoeba Music Berkeley, California (BORIS only–see below)
Jun 24 2008 Casbah San Diego, California
Jun 25 2008 The Clubhouse Tempe, Arizona
Jun 27 2008 Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas
Jun 28 2008 The Mohawk Austin, Texas
Jun 29 2008 White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Jul 1 2008 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jul 2 2008 Common Grounds Gainesville, Florida
Jul 3 2008 The Social Orlando, Florida
Jul 5 2008 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 6 2008 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, North Carolina
Jul 8 2008 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
Jul 9 2008 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 10 2008 Webster Hall New York, New York
Jul 11 2008 The Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 12 2008 La Sala Rosa Montreal, Quebec
Jul 13 2008 Barrymore Ottawa, Ontario
Jul 14 2008 Lee’s Place Toronto, Ontario
Jul 15 2008 Tralf Buffalo, New York
Jul 16 2008 Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 17 2008 Diesel Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 18 2008 St Andrews Hall Detroit, Michigan
Jul 19 2008 Turner Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 22 2008 The Waiting Room Omaha, Nebraska
Jul 23 2008 Granada Theater Lawrence, Kansas
Jul 25 2008 Marquis Theater Denver, Colorado
Jul 26 2008 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 29 2008 Neumo’s Seattle, Washington

Additionally, a special after-hours show at Amoeba Music Berkeley is schedule to take place June 22nd at 9pm. Entry into this private event requires a special wristband you can get by purchasing BORIS‘ new album Smile at Amoeba Berkeley.  Amoeba Berkeley will carry the limited edition, numbered CD/DVD currently available through only the Southern Lord website.

Southern Lord West Coast Tour: SUNNO)), EARTH, WEEDEATER

The Southern Lord West Coast Summer Tour featuring SUNNO)), EARTH, WEEDEATER and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM kicks off July 2nd for a short run of five dates.

7/02 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
7/03 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
7/04 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
7/06 – Portland, OR – Mt Tabor
7/07 – Seattle, WA – El Corozan