DECEMBER 5th 2014
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM: CELESTITE

Review by YouFO

Release Date: already out there (July 8)
Label: Artemisia Records, Southern Lord Records

Band Members:
Aaron Weaver: Synthesizers, Guitars
Nathan Weaver: Synthesizers, Guitars

When I first listened to Celestite, I noticed that it is really an extension of their previous, Celestial Lineage. The genre is black metal/ambient, but done only on the bands terms, in other words something completely different. Wolves in the Throne Room live in Olympia, Washington and they take the energy out of the Pacific Northwest and carve it into their unique sound. If you want to hear something just so different from the norm, than this is an album you need. When you review such heavy metal/thrash/growling vocals all the time, this album throws you off guard. What it means is you need to listen to it a couple of times, to really get the feel of what they have accomplished here.

The album really isn’t something that you can describe, it’s one that you need to “Experience”, but they have taken a deeper trip into the domains that must compel them to create such a style of music for listening.

Track Listings:
1. Turning Ever Towards the Sun
2. Initiation at Neudeg Alm
3. Bridge of Leaves
4. Celestite Mirror
5. Sleeping Golden Storm

Guest musicians:
Randall Dunn: Synthesizers, H3000 Sound Design and Electrical Processing
Timm Mason: Serge Modulator on all tracks
Steve Moore/Josiah Boothby: French horn/trombone on Turning Ever Towards the Sun/Celestitie Mirror/Sleeping Golden Storm
Mara Winter: Flute on Turning Ever Towards the Sun/Celestite Mirror
Veronica Dye: Flute on Bridge of Leaves/Sleeping Golden Storm

Produced by: Randall Dunn / Wolves in the Throne Room
Recorded by: Randall Dunn at Avast and Owl Lodge
Additional Recording by: Aaron Weaver at Owl Lodge
Mixed: Randall Dunn at Avast
Mastered: Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service

Go ahead, take a chance, try something completely different, it just might surprise you.