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Album Review: Wolves In The Throne Room – “Celestite”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM (PST)

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Celestite is somewhere on the scale between Bathory, The Alan Parsons ladyhawke soundtrack, and uncharted territory. Aaron and Nathan Weaver built a new album atop the weird mix buried bedrock of sounds from their Celestial Lineage release and made a new record on top of it. The result is an oddly moving space odyssey of Dark Crystal worthy trance out numbers. “It’s not so much meant to simultaneously be played with Celestial Lineage the way Tribes of Neurot paired Grace with Times of Grace, by Neurosis. Rather, this is like a companion piece.

“Turning Ever Towards the Sun” is a deep delving of cold and warm sounds, light and creation. sparkling synth textures and Eno esque waves of tone coax you, at times with uneasy insistence, into this journay that feels like water tracing a route deep back into the Earth,

Paired once again with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Master Musicians Of Bukkake), Celestite came to fruition at Avast Studios and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM‘s own Olympia-based studio Owl Lodge. While cloistered during the recording sessions they made use of a mammoth arsenal of crumbling vintage equipment including a Serge Modular System, Korg Poly6, Korg MS20, Korg Mono/Poly, Roland Juno 106, Roland Jupiter 6, Roland Super jx10, Jomox Airbase 99, Access Virus and more. The album also features a guest wind ensemble including friends Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Steve Moore (Earth, Sunn O))), Stebmo) on Trombone, and both Mara Winter and Veronica Dye on flute.

My favorite instrumental release in some time has been Mogwai’s spectral Les Revenants, which I think equals or surpasses their best work in moody, mercurial longing and the coveted comforts of “This Messiah Needs Watching” or “the Huts”. Likewise, songs on Celestite demand attention through subtle shifts or outright bold excursions into dementia’s edge. “Initiation at Neudeg Alm” is the abyss staring back, a masterful glimpse of the brink of the sub concious.”Bridge of Leaves” is disarming, a slow drift through vast reaches before your dream turns for home. So yeah, clearly this release is for the more experimental minded black metal fans who can understand music is more than just the tropes of dark fashion. “Sleeping Golden Storm” arrives after the self-revealing layers of “Celestite Mirror” fold persona like the negative zone. The ambient wash that closes out this spare and yet so densly ambient album will leave you somehow fresh, thrilled and yet discomfitted, much like a meditation on our origins or nature itself.

WITTRWashington black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room are streaming the song “Celestite Mirror.” The song is off of their upcoming album, Celistite  which is due for release later this year.

You can watch it here.

Celestite will be the bands forth studio album and will be released via Diadem Records and is a “companion album” to the 2014 effort Celestial Lineage.

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MR Staff Picks: Top Ten Metal Albums Of 2011 (MetalRiotJD)

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 11:43 PM (PST)

A good new year to you, my fellow heathens, JD here with the list of the “Top Ten” metal albums of 2011.

I was hoping to have this list out before the end of 2011, but good lord… Not only was it a phenomenal year for metal but for music as a whole and narrowing it all down to a “Top Ten” list sucks! With that said, we’re here to keep it 100% Metal Riot.

Seeing how you heathens enjoy commenting on our picks for our Cover Art contests, I am thoroughly looking forward to the shredding I’m sure to receive for my “Top Ten” picks. So, take a wander through THE LIST and please, leave a comment.

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After devoting late Winter season to writing and recording, ambient black metal cabal Wolves In The Throne Room are in the final stages of completing their fourth full-length opus of epic, earthen Black Metal ceremony.

For over six months the Weaver brothers, Aaron and Nathan, have been immersed in the painstaking writing and recording process of their newest album, and this week the process is nearly complete, at press time the album in its final mixing stages. The clan have confirmed the title of this forthcoming astral black metal document as “Celestial Lineage”.

Stated WITTR drummer Aaron Weaver of the writing process for “Celestial Lineage”: “An ornate constellation of imagery is what that guides the songwriting process. Cedar temples crowned with burnished bronze domes glimpsed in a remote valley. Wild Midsummer bonfires and feasting on roasted flesh. All of the sounds serve to evoke the images that exist in our minds eye. With this record we’re going to explore an entirely new palette of sound. We want the instruments to sound like the liturgical music of a cedar cult.”

Get in-studio photos and further details here.

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Wolves in the Throne Room back in the studio

Posted by jessepac on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM (PST)

Wolves in The Throne Room GuitarWashington black metal duo Wolves in the Throne Room are back in the studio, recording their fourth release for Southern Lord Records. Little details have been revealed, but producer Randall Dunn is back and ready to top their prior two releases together, Two Hunters and Black Cascade.

Drummer Aaron Weaver had this to say about the new album:

“I got into a daily rhythm of greeting the weak winter sun in the morning, working outside in the rain until midday, then retiring to our studio to work on the music late into the night. I did this nearly every day for two months. Quite a monastic lifestyle, actually. I didn’t see many people. We were totally lost inside the record. Once the record was conceived from beginning to end, we met with Randall and started to slowly build the tracks at his studio in Seattle. I think that this album will be the best thing that Wolves in the Throne Room has created. We’ve never been able to devote this much time to writing and recording. It feels like this will be the culmination of everything we’ve done up to this point.”

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Wolves in the Throne Room announce North American mini tour

Posted by Lucas Riot on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 7:03 PM (PST)

Wolves in the Throne Room logoWashington black metallers Wolves in the Throne Room have just announced an upcoming mini-tour to take place this January, following their previously announced performance with Neurosis and labelmates Black Breath in Seattle on December 30th. The Wolves will embark on the newly announced dates just days after the start of 2011, and have stops planned for stateside audiences in Oregon and Washington, as well as first time appearances in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. The mini-tour closes out in Olympia, Washington on January 9th with a benefit show for the Wolftown Wildlife Rehabilitation Project and local victims of the Green Scare.

The band just wrapped up a short European tour the first week of December.

To see a list of North American dates click here.

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Wolves in the Throne Room Announce New Two Month, Two Continent Tour

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 11:27 AM (PST)

Wolves in the Throne Room have just announced a two month, two continent tour which will start November 24th in Berlin and find its way to Seattle on December 30th. WITTR will play alongside such bands as Neurosis, Throbbing Gristle, Deerhoof, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Shrinebuilder, and Black Breath. The band has also announced that they are in the planning stages of an extended stateside tour.

Click here to see a complete list of tour dates.

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