Formed in Olympia, Wash., in 2002, this ambient black metal quartet mixes the transcendental mindset of their Olympic Mountains hometown with pagan ideology and the primitive sound of '90s Norwegian black metal. Brothers Nathan (guitarist, vocalist) and Aaron Weaver (drummer), along with Will Lindsay (guitarist) and Ross Sewage (bassist), create atmospheric soundscapes that are emotional, pointed and heavy both in sound and statement. Wolves in the Throne Room often perform outdoors and are radical environmentalists. But sociopolitics aside, the band garnered mainstream attention for the lengthy epics and squalling sounds featured on its debut album, Diadem of 12 Stars. After signing with Southern Lord, WITTR released Two Hunters to critical acclaim in 2007, returning in 2009 with Black Cascade.