From the band themselves: “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 recognizable, 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 fo rus 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.”

Celestite is the inaugural release on Wolves in the Throne Room’s new label, Artemisia Records.

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Celestite by Wolves in the Throne Room
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9/10 ReviewBot3000 08 July 2014
This new Wolves in the Throne Room album is a little different to what we've come to expect from these astral metal brothers from Olympia, Washington. It's a sister album of sorts to their last one, 'Celestial Lineage', where they have isolated the bleak synth atmospherics that underpinned that album, removed the coruscating black metal elements entirely, and constructed a whole new album over those subtle and only occasionally recognisable elements.   The album is entirely instrumental, and much of the material here has a very kosmische feel, with synth drones and arpeggios aplenty, but there's also some interesting and unexpected textures thrown into play with brass and flutes. Guitars are in the mix too, carving out grindingly distorted atmospheric drones and elegiac shimmers. Basically they've taken the dark cosmic ambience they were touching on in 'Celestial Lineage', isolated it and then worked it to its logical conclusion sans speed-metal. The end result is a huge-sounding album of earthy ritualistic kosmische that's totally immersive and hypnotic, but may prove a little slow-paced for the fans of their more adrenalised earlier material.


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