|WitTR Detail New Album|
2014-01-30 by Kyle Ward STAFF | 51 Comments
American black metal act Wolves in the Throne Room have released more details regarding their upcoming 2014 release, which will be named Celestite and is slated to
be released on the band's own label Diadem Records. The album is confirmed for a 2014 release, although an exact date is not yet available.
Unlike the band's previous releases Celestite will contain no vocals and no drums, and will be an entirely acoustic album that will "arise with a whole new,
ethereal approach... Rather, deep, heavy crystalline synthesizer journeying, Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation expand upon dimensions
folded within the universe of Celestial Lineage."
The band's two masterminds and brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver said in regards to Celestite:
“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 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
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
The upcoming release of Celestite is doubly exciting for WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM as it will mark another new venture for the duo; the inaugural release on their own new
label, Diadem Records. The band states, “Diadem Records is the imprint 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.”
Celestite's cover art, official release dates, pressing information, and track listing will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
Band Page: Wolves in the Throne Room
Sorry about the formatting, Sputnik's news editing system is still completely broken. Have already requested the powers that be to fix it.
Anyway, an entirely acoustic WitTR album? Not sure how to feel, especially after they described it as "deep, heavy crystalline synthesizer journeying, Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation expand upon dimensions folded within the universe of Celestial Lineage."
Pretty stoked about this not gonna lie
Thor we need your news modding power to fix the fucked up editing system
Finally they're doing something new, so this is good news I guess
Digging: Raison d'etre - Requiem for Abandoned Souls
Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation
gonna listen hard even if the last two albums werent good
Digging: Autechre - Draft 7.30
Crysis: send word to your people that I have returned
This sounds brilliant. I'll definitely give this a listen
Digging: Monuments - The Amanuensis
'gonna listen hard even if the last two albums werent good'
I just don't know about this.
Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years
the ambient sections of some of their material are really great so this has potential but i'm really not too sure
i love ambient/drone stuff though so this could turn out okay
it has to be better than celestial lineage
Digging: Mournful Congregation - Concrescence of the Sophia
No drums and no vocals. Psych. No longer stoked.
Emo-inspired analog processing
I just hope the album isn't "Hate Crystal" expanded to LP length
IIf this is an hour of Rainbow Illness I'm going to cry not happy tears.
YYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! been waiting two years for this post
it better drone.
No drums or vocals???? Suddenly not interested in the album anymore
will definitely listen. could blow tho
will be cool, but fuuuuuuuuuck
wanted bm : (
Was interested before I read no drums or vocals
Was interested even after no drums or vocals
Digging: Braid - No Coast
they doin some alcest shit
I'm strangely fascinated to see how this is
Digging: Deniro Farrar - Rebirth
this sounds interesting. Only thing I've heard by them is two hunters
Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall
Their ambient is good but... not exactly what I wanted from them. Oh well. I'm sure it'll be interesting. Might even surprise me.
Digging: Sunwolf - Beholden To Nothing And No One
Props for doing something unexpected. It's just that this band gets weaker with every subsequent release so I'm not getting too hyped.
Really pumped to hear this. This new sound they describe doesn't sound out of the ordinary for them since they're halfway there anyways. Just minus the bm riffing/ drums and you can already imagine what this will sound like.
You perplex me sometimes Lucid. You love beautiful and almost ambient bm to begin with and yet this sounds dull to you?
Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams
"Celestite will contain no vocals and no drums..."
Good or bad sigh?
I love this band's vox so I'm disappointed
i am a bit disappointed that it's pretty much a remix album of celestial lineage as far as i can gather
"Props for doing something unexpected. It's just that this band gets weaker with every subsequent release so I'm not getting too hyped."
that's why i think this could kick ass. they were starting to get pretty mediocre utilizing their usual sound, so i bet this new album will at least be more interesting than their last two LPs.
more ambient black metal's always a good thing, in my book, anyway.
Digging: Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson in Crime
Idk about this....
Digging: Manners - Pale Blue Light
I wish they would've at least got that chick to sing on it. It seems like this would've been perfect to incorporate her more.
I am excited to hear it, even if it's a sonic departure for the worse.
Looking forward to it.
more ambient black metal's always a good thing, in my book, anyway.
Right here people!
Celestial Lineage had the potential to be a great album, but was essentially 3 actual tracks and the rest ambient filler. If they had doubled the actual tracks on that album and reduced the ambient material, it could have been one of the best BM albums in years. That makes it even harder to understand this new release as a companion album to Celestial Lineage, an album that was already half ambient as it is, maybe even more.
I like this band as much as the next guy and genuinely want them to do well, but it is true that they are one of the most over-hyped and over-rated bands in the genre. That being said, I still look forward to them returning to their amplifiers, as they say in the article. Hopefully sooner than later.
this could be interesting, they hinted at something like this in interviews they did in the lead up to celestial lineage so it's not that big of a surprise that they decided to try something different. I'm looking forward to hearing what this turns out like
@Wizard: Bad sigh... But it's WITTIR so who knows. I'm still going to give it a spin once its out.
probably will be similar with váli
Wolves in the THRONE ROOM
I knew the second that I heard with album would have no drums that sputnik was going to bitch.
Well yeah I mean it's not every day your favorite BM band decides chucks their guitars and go full-on
dark ambient. Even Fauna and Echtra manage to balance their black metal and non.
it will probably be better than their last 2 albums TBH, especially if it actually sounds like they described
black cascade is awesome though
ehh it had some good riffs but without all the other stuff around it it just became apparent that
they kind of ran out of ideas.
it was their most straightforward and aggressive while still maintaining that nature-y, ethereal sound theyre known for. was hoping their newest would be a step back in that direction but : (