Heavenly Stones

Wolves In The Throne Room

Celestite

Artemisia Records

7th July 2014

Those of you who will be aware of the orchestral death metal ambience of Wolves in the Throne Room  will be both  familiar and surprised by this latest release from the band.

Celestite sees the band take a deeper excursion into the crystalline synthesizer-driven domains that have long intrigued them. With the aid of producer Randall Dunn, the band unearthed a hidden sound scape that is only loosely tethered to their usual sound, yet is still unmistakably the work of Wolves in the Throne Room.

WITTR_celestiteThe band says : “To make Celestite we delved into the subterranean sonics that are buried in the mix of Celestial Lineage. We isolated them, processed them and took this unearthed soundscape as our starting point. Upon this base we recorded an entirely new album. Some melodies from Celestial Lineage are recognisable, but these familiar sounds appear as ghosts, barely tethered to the original compositions. This new album is an unorthodox foray; a fully instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. We left some work undone with Celestial Lineage. The recording of that album in the Winter of 2011 was a monumental project for us personally, and the creative fire from those recording sessions was still burning. This recording process was an opportunity to journey into our own inner universe to complete that which needed to be completed.”

Paired once again with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Master Musicians Of Bukkake), Celestite came to fruition at Avast Studios and the band’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.

The upcoming release of Celestite is doubly exciting for them  as it will mark another new venture for the duo; the inaugural release on their own new label, Artemisia Records. The band states, “Artemisia Records is the imprint the we created to release Celestite and future albums. Most importantly for us, working on this album has revealed a whole new vein of creative energy for WITTR. Now that the long trip of creating this album is finished, our appetite is whetted for future projects, thus we feel it necessary to pre-empt the inevitable chatter that will accompany the release of this record. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM has not permanently abandoned the guitar and drums! We sense that one day — perhaps sooner, perhaps later — we will be inspired to return to our stacks of amplifiers and cabinets to create new music.”

Since 2002, over the course of 4 studio albums and hundreds of live performances Wolves in the Throne Room have refracted the transcendent and mythic aspects of Black Metal through their own idiosyncratic approach. The resulting essence is music that is intimately linked to the wild lands of the Pacific Northwest of the USA.

The sonic variations displayed here offer potential new audiences for the band – the layers of guitar and synthesizer provide for a sound scape which emerges from it’s Black Metal roots in a blaze of anthemic ambience. As the title implies this is a meditative and inspirational collection of music which allows the listener time for quiet reflection and deep thought.

Recommended.

Photo credit Chris Beug
Photo credit Chris Beug
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