Wolves in the Throne Room Found their ‘Celestite’ Place Under the Sun

Wolves in the Throne Room Found their ‘Celestite’ Place Under the Sun

Adriana SaboTuesday,15 July 2014

The Snap:

If you, like so many people, have experienced those dark and twisted moments of anger, sadness, or just plain simple depression and if, in those dark and twisted moments, you went Googleing music that would feed that darkness, you most probably stumbled upon Wolves in the Throne RoomIf, on the other hand, you are a black metal fan, then you’ve probably heard of them as well. Now, Wolves in the Throne Room is not an ordinary black metal band — in fact, you might say they are not a black metal band at all, but this is the sub-genre that they are closest to. They play it in their own way, using some elements that are typical for black metal — like satanist imagery, body paint etc — and adding other influences to the mix. As they say, “Wolves in the Throne Room have refracted the transcendent and mythic aspects of Black Metal through their own idiosyncratic Cascadian prism. The resulting essence is music that is intimately linked to the wild lands of the Pacific Northwest.”

So here, you have a mix of black metal, ambient music, magical rituals and fantasy. The heart of Wolves in the Throne Room is pumped by Nathan Weaver (guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, lead vocals) and Aaron Weaver (drums, guitars, bass, synthesizers, backing vocals). They also cooperate with many different musicians, on and off stage. And so far, they have released five studio albums and one EP. Their latest album, titled Celestitewas released through their own label, Artemisia Records, on July 8.

The Download:

Celestite offers an experience that might be hard to put into words. With this album, Wolves in the Throne Room has moved away from their black metal roots, exploring the endless world of experimental, meditative, electronic music. It seems that the main idea was “more synthesizers, less distorted guitars.” The tracks on the album are tightly connected, building one sole narrative, and almost blending into one — seemingly improvised — track. As they progress, the tension is built up and then released, with different musical happenings unfolding over a base drone that lasts throughout the album — whether we hear it or not. The album lasts for about 40 minutes, during which you will be offered a chance to expand your mind. If you close your eyes, then you will be able to imagine, quite easily, the universe expanding and shrinking in front of you. Track titles point to this experience as well:

1.”Turning Ever Towards the Sun

2.”Initiation at Neudeg Alm

3.”Bridge of Leaves

4.”Celestite Mirror

5.”Sleeping Golden Storm

 “We wanted to have soundscapes, and we wanted to have washes. We wanted to have planets moving past each other,” say the members of Wolves in the Throne Room. Experimental sounds of electronics and synthesizers were always an important part of their expression, but this time, they were given much more thought than before. Black metal-ish sound does come forth near the end of the album, and it gives the meditative sounds some edge and also offers a good contrast.

It seems that, with this album, Wolves in the Throne Room can connect to a new audience, expand their horizons and their reach. And I applaud the result!


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