Southern Lord Recordings
November 26th, 2013
Release length: 21:09
Both of these tracks originate off the Celestial Lineage album, and sound so much better. The modern digital production of Celestial Lineage captured the instruments well, but not the atmosphere like these live versions. “Prayer of Transformation” sounds similar toMy Dying Bride thanks to the quality accentuating the emotion in the chilly riffs, causing the forlorn trudging to become a reality. Even when it picks up speed near the seven minute mark, it still feels as though a heavy burden exists as it crawls across the frozen plains with a full body cast of frostbite. Meanwhile “Thuja Magus Imperium” is a faster song isn’t as spirit crushing. The ice cold grip still wraps around your throat, only getting tighter with what feels like a Pagan Black Metal influence against a depressingly grand musical backdrop. While not as inspiring as its predecessor, it still ends up a far more emotional experience this time around, making the environment that the band is trying to weave as enjoyable as it is believable.
While the modern digital studio hurt these songs on Celestial Lineage, most of those faults are wiped clean on the BBC Sessions 2011 Anno Domini vinyl. The raw audio makes them far more moving experiences, presenting elements that the crisp audio masked before. Despite what you thought of Wolves in the Throne Room in the past, this release is a must hear for fans of Black Metal, as it really will create a whole new respect for the band, even if none existed in the first place. Wolves in the Throne Room is one of the few names in Black Metal that needs to record live or in an analog studio, and BBC Sessions 2011 Anno Domini is the proof.
01. Prayer of Transformation – 10:32
02. Thuja Magus Imperium – 10:37
|Initial Pressing Score: 8/10