Wolves in the Throne Room is an American black metal band formed in 2003 in Olympia, Washington.According to the band, one of the founding concepts of WITTR is to channel the "energies of the Pacific Northwest's landscape" into musical form.TraitsWolves in the Throne Room has rejected most of the traditional traits of black metal such as corpse paint, the use of pseudonyms and Satanic imagery. Member Aaron Weaver has said, "Wolves in the Throne Room is not black metal, or, more accurately, we play black metal on our own terms, for our own reasons."The band, based out of its farm outside the Olympia city limits, is well known for their interests expressed through their imagery and lyrics, such as radical ecology, bio-dynamic farming, and creating a nature-based occult worldview, which differ from the traditional topics associated with black metal. They focus on themes of apocalypse, transformation and modern society's lost connection with the natural world. The band's music has been described as "eco-metal", "organic metal", "astral black metal" and "Cascadian black metal".Unlike most modern metal bands, Wolves in the Throne Room always use vintage amplifiers and recording equipment. They mentioned in one interview that they despise modern recording techniques such as looping and drum triggers.InfluencesWolves in the Throne Room's sound is influenced by Scandinavian black metal, while doom metal, dark ambient, crust punk, and folk music influences also exist. Wolves in the Throne Room has often cited American band Neurosis as a key inspiration because their music "operates on a deep and intense mythic level". They have also mentioned synthesizer artists like Popol Vuh as an influence.Live performanceWolves in the Throne Room prefer their live concerts to be firelit, whether it be performing outdoors or in an indoor venue. The band also do not permit flash photography at their shows.The band despises moshing and violence at their shows because they see their music as meditative rather than aggressive. Member Aaron Weaver has stated that he wants people to "lay on the floor and cry" when the band plays live.The group have said that starting in 2010 they will tour with their own PA system so they will no longer be forced to play at traditional venues. They have often advocated a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to music.