Wolves In The Throne Room Drummer Talks About Scion and Corporate Sponsored Backing Of Concerts
MetalSucks recently conducted a revealing interview with WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM drummer Aaron Weaver. Weaver talked to us about Wolves In the Throne Room’s recently released third album "Black Cascade," and dispelled some myths about the oft-misunderstood eco-spiritualism that guides the band. Other topics of discussion: Is Scion a minion of Satan? Should we fear wheat? Answers to these questions and many more in the interview. An excerpt follows:
MetalSucks: Did you or the band have difficulties with Scion? Did you catch any flack for your relationship with them?
Weaver: ... I think that a Scion concert has an occult aspect to it. I think it's a very dark one. I think that even though the people involved I'm sure are very well intentioned and just have the idea that "Isn't it great that we can hook up these bands with this money? Isn't it great that we can put on a free concert?" I think that fundamentally there is something very negative that is going on. I think that in a very real way that is truly Satanic. I do believe that there are dark forces that you could characterize as Luciferian or Satanic that have influence over the world, and I think that being a part of a Scion sponsored festival, you're in a very real way making a deal with the devil. I believe that to be true. We debated a great deal within the band on whether or not we should take part in such an event. It's a classic example of one of those compromises that you make. We're pretty financially humble people. We were trying to decide how we are going to afford to buy our plane tickets back from Europe. Right as we were trying to crunch the numbers, we got an e-mail offering us this festival. They would buy our plane tickets and give us a bunch of money with rock star treatment. We decided to do it and make that deal with the devil. It's not something that we intend on doing in the future. I think that playing a corporate sponsored event is a pretty intense compromise for a band like ours to make. It's very obvious to me that the corporate world is trying to find some new way to sell products. Obviously television commercials don't work anymore. People are way more sophisticated and savvy than they were a few generations ago. I just don't want to be a part of helping the corporate world to figure out how to convince people to buy stuff.
Weaver: That's a good example. That's the physical dimension of it: the economics and the business aspect. I'm not going to discount the occult level. I can just feel it. I can feel the energy flowing around that kind of thing, and it doesn't feel good at all.
MetalSucks: So would you denigrate another band that is involved with it or doesn't have the same pit of the stomach occult feeling about it?
Weaver: No. One of the reasons we played it, apart from our own selfish financial gain, was because Neurosis was playing the festival. They're huge idols of ours. They're a band that we think is really inspiring and always been very uncompromising. So it was kind of like if everyone was jumping off the cliff, we might as well do it as well.
MetalSucks: You played one with Nachtmystium as well in Los Angeles, right?
Weaver: That would be Scion number 2 for us. To answer your question: no I'm not going to pass judgment on other bands for doing whatever they want to do. I think that I mentioned earlier that is one of the things we try to take very seriously is not passing judgment on anyone or passing judgment on any choices that people make. The choices we made and the vision we have is for us, if other people are interested in it or agree with it or are inspired by it, that's great. It's not our goal to be on some sort of high horse and look down on anyone else. That's the exact opposite of where we are coming from. I never want to give the impression that we are on this kind of high horse. We're making compromises just like everyone else and we're just doing the best that we can.
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