Posted in metal | music | pictures on May 27, 2009

photos by Paul Birman, words by Black Bubblegum

Wolves in the Throne Room
Wolves in the Throne Room

Like a dark mist settling in the Hudson Valley before blowing off to sea, Wolves In The Throne Room, Krallice, and A Storm of Light cast darkness upon The Studio @ Webster Hall last night (5/26) as part of their tour surrounding Maryland Death Fest which included an earlier NYC Date at Europa on 5/22 (except with Thrones instead of Krallice). Videos from Europa and full tour dates are below.

A Storm of Light opened the evening at The Studio with their Neurosis-style dirge and thunder, drawing from newly reworked material due to the addition of a new female voice, Nerissa Campbell. Comparing Tuesday night to my prior experience with them, the vocals with the now-harmonizing Josh Graham only further highlight their Swans influence, and Campbell's voice has a pained quality that reminds me of a simpler, more blues-y Jarboe. I think the addition is a smart one.

Krallice followed, and though apparent instrument issues plagued Colin Marston, the trio banged out a set of (I believe) mostly new material. The new material seems to be in the same vein as the old; dual tremelo picking, blasting drums, and odd left turns delivered with underlying complex melody. Bassist Nick McMaster plays a different role in the new material (he did not play on the S/T), showcasing some finger-tapping and a death-metal growl that contrasts well with Mick Barr's reverb drenched, higher pitched screams.

I recently spoke with Krallice, and the band is working on their new album for a late June/July recording, after which the band will take a break until August. (To work on Gorguts?!?!? Please?)

Wolves In The Throne Room were candlelit and engulfed in fog by the time the clock struck 10:45PM. The foursome charged through abbreviated versions of songs from their current and last LPs, Two Hunters and Black Cascade respectively, including "Ahrimanic Trance", "Behold The Vastness and Sorrow", and "Crystal Ammunition". As menacing and unholy as they seem on stage, their melodies soar from beneath the darkness, making their live show all the more undeniable. If you missed this or the Europa show, make sure to get to the next one. I have a feeling that with the crowd the size that it was last night (sold out?), we may get another taste very soon. (I hope)

To close, a note for aspiring photographers. If the band likes to perform with the lights so low, don't flash away 100+ times at the same target. It's distracting, annoying, and just plain uncool. That said, more pictures, and those videos, below...

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Check out our interview with Aaron Weaver of WITTR.

Wolves in the Throne Room @ Club Europa 5/22/09, "Ahrimanic Trance"

Thrones @ Club Europa 5/22/09 "Ephraim"

A Storm of Light @ Club Europa 5/22/09

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM - 2009 TOUR DATES
May 28 2009 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
May 29 2009 Gallery 5 Richmond, Virginia *
May 30 2009 The Hideaway Johnson City, Tennessee *
May 31 2009 Emerald Lounge Asheville, North Carolina *
Jun 1 2009 Caledonia Athens, Georgia *
Jun 2 2009 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia *
Jun 4 2009 Downtown Music Little Rock, Arkansas *
Jun 5 2009 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, Louisiana *
Jun 7 2009 Emo's Austin, Texas ^
Jun 8 2009 Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas ^^
Jun 13 2009 WALDROCK Festival Burgum
Jun 14 2009 AJZ Bielefeld^^^
Jun 15 2009 Underground Cologne
Jun 16 2009 Le Sonic Lyon
Jun 17 2009 Unwound Padova, Padova
Jun 18 2009 Neudegg Alm Sonnenwend Celebration Salzburg/ Abtenau,
Jun 19 2009 Elfer Frankfurt
Jun 20 2009 Le Nouveau Casino Paris $
Jun 21 2009 Hellfest Clisson
Jun 24 2009 Gala Hala Ljubljana
Jun 25 2009 Suffering Life Festival WarmUp Wachenroth
Jun 26 2009 Oheim Festival Ottensheim
Jun 27 2009 Graspop Dessel
Jun 28 2009 Dudefest Karlsruhe
Jun 29 2009 Hafenklang Hamburg
Jun 30 2009 Magnet Berlin
Jul 2 2009 Roskilde Roskilde
Jul 3 2009 The Garage Oslo
Jul 6 2009 Emo's Austin, Texas$$
Jul 11 2009 TBA San diego, California
Jul 12 2009 the Knitting Factory LA, California$$$
Jul 13 2009 Slims San Fransico, California$$$
Jul 15 2009 Berbati's pan Portland, Oregon$$$
Jul 16 2009 Neumo's Seattle, Washington$$$
Jul 17 2009 TBA Olympia, Washington
Jul 18 2009 What the Heck Fest Anacortes, Washington

* w/ Krallice/ A Storm Of Light
** w/ Thrones, A Storm Of Light
^ w/ A Storm Of Light, The Roller
^^ w/ A Storm Of Light
^^^ w/ Planks, Long Distance Calling, Blackwvs, Stench Of Styx
$ w/ Enablers, From Monument To Masses, Snowman, Team Ghost
$$ w/ Nachtmystium and Pentagram
$$$ w/ Minsk

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Comments (22)

Bwwahahahahah!!!! Look at that dork in the first picture!

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 9:54 PM

I hope to check out these guys in Richmond!

Posted by mason | May 27, 2009 10:28 PM

krallice was very disappointing. constant noodling and boring as fuck

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 2:24 AM

is that guy like 4'2" or something? the guitar pedals are almost the same size as his head.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 3:35 AM

I HOPE TO CHECK OUT THOSE GUYS IN Jul 13 2009 Slims San Fransico, California$$$

Posted by new era caps | May 28, 2009 3:35 AM

I think I might like them more if I could understand a SINGLE word coming from that fool's mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 8:18 AM

all photographers should realize flashing away at a rock show makes them a target for a quick punch to the bridge of the nose.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 9:17 AM

doesnt look like he used a flash, try again

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 9:34 AM

no subtlety or originality. people actually like this? yawn.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 10:59 AM

Have you listened to Two Hunters? Tons of subtlety, light and shade, and completely original form of Black Metal. Black Cascade, while great, is more conventional USBM... thats because they want to play the stuff live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 11:12 AM

@9:17 there are very few shots here which use flash, and even the ones i found (#7 and 8 in the Krallice set) are very low power/fill flash, no more intrusive than yr average point and shooter.

Posted by fellow shooter | May 28, 2009 11:34 AM

musical masturbation for the juvenile-minded.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 11:41 AM

The bass guitar that krallice uses makes me throw up in my mouth.

Rock music + bass guitar = FOUR STRINGS

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 12:23 PM

thanks, 11:34.. you're right, i only used my flash a couple of times, pointed at the ceiling and partially covered with my hand.

@9:17. personally, people with cellphone cameras and those who tape shows bother the shit out of me way more than photographers who use flash. not only do they ruin the experience for the fans with their dumbass lcd screens up in the air for minutes at a time, they also do a great disservice to the band by plastering their shitty pictures and/or completely unwatchable footage with unbearable sound quality all over the interwebs.

Posted by paul | May 28, 2009 1:00 PM

Wow, quite a few hate nuggets posted here for both Krallice and WITTR.

Thought both were intense, though Krallice's new material doesn't seem to churn as hard as their old stuff...some Behold the Arctopus/Orthrelm seems to be seeping in. Had high hopes for this set, but in the absence of anything from their record, just couldn't will that fist to pump.

That said, WITTR stole the show, it doesn't really get more powerful than this. Transcendent, gorgeous, brutal black metal. All of their long-winded eco-philosophy aside, this performance was stunning. I have an enormous amount of faith in these dudes to carry the metal torch in a new, refreshing direction.

p.s. 8:18, you're kinda missing the point. you sound like my dad.

Posted by Luke | May 28, 2009 2:42 PM

Wow, quite a few hate nuggets posted here for both Krallice and WITTR.

Thought both were intense, though Krallice's new material doesn't seem to churn as hard as their old stuff...some Behold the Arctopus/Orthrelm seems to be seeping in. Had high hopes for this set, but in the absence of anything from their record, just couldn't will that fist to pump.

That said, WITTR stole the show, it doesn't really get more powerful than this. Transcendent, gorgeous, brutal black metal. All of their long-winded eco-philosophy aside, this performance was stunning. I have an enormous amount of faith in these dudes to carry the metal torch in a new, refreshing direction.

p.s. 8:18, you're kinda missing the point. you sound like my dad.

Posted by Luke | May 28, 2009 2:48 PM

The other awesome metal show going on that night was happening at The Charleston in Williamsburg where Hull were throwing their Sole Lord release party backed by The Witches Tit and Flaming Tusk.

Here's excellent photo coverage of the show, courtesy of Vanshnookenraggen:

http://wheredapicsat.com/2009/05/27/hull-record-release-party-the-charleston-52609-with-flaming-tusk-and-witches-tit/

Posted by Zosimus | May 28, 2009 4:37 PM

FUCK I'M SO MAD I MISSED THIS! I was seeing Terminator Salvation the night of Europa and that pisses me off even more cuz it sucked!

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2009 9:45 PM

one of the weaker shows i've been to in a while. WITTR is one of my favorite bands... but krallice were much better. was going to follow WITTR on east coast tour but basically got turned off after this show.

Posted by thomas | May 29, 2009 8:14 PM

awesome post. cool vids & pics

Posted by emo girl | October 18, 2009 4:13 PM

they ban cameras at some gigs , so the band can sell more merchandise, a bit pointless when you can see everything on youtube

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