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
completed.”

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
on flute.

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.

http://www.wittr.com/2014/01/30/wolves-in-the-throne-room-reveal-details-on-new-recordings

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2014
16634 Comments


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."

Digging: Drudkh - Microcosmos

Thor
January 30th 2014
10204 Comments


Pretty stoked about this not gonna lie

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2014
16634 Comments


Thor we need your news modding power to fix the fucked up editing system

Alastor
January 30th 2014
422 Comments


Finally they're doing something new, so this is good news I guess

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2014
19363 Comments


Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation


gonna listen hard even if the last two albums werent good

Digging: The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

Thor
January 30th 2014
10204 Comments


Crysis: send word to your people that I have returned

ReAnimator
January 30th 2014
332 Comments


This sounds brilliant. I'll definitely give this a listen

Tyrael
January 30th 2014
20988 Comments


'gonna listen hard even if the last two albums werent good'

fu

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2014
10701 Comments


I just don't know about this.

Digging: Imperial Triumphant - Abyssal Gods

DarkNoctus
January 30th 2014
9011 Comments


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

ZippaThaRippa
January 30th 2014
2447 Comments


No drums and no vocals. Psych. No longer stoked.

Alastor
January 30th 2014
422 Comments


Emo-inspired analog processing

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2014
16634 Comments


I just hope the album isn't "Hate Crystal" expanded to LP length

pedro70512
January 30th 2014
3945 Comments


IIf this is an hour of Rainbow Illness I'm going to cry not happy tears.

psite45
January 30th 2014
275 Comments


YYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! been waiting two years for this post

MosesMalone
January 30th 2014
1836 Comments


it better drone.

dragoth
January 30th 2014
242 Comments


No drums or vocals???? Suddenly not interested in the album anymore

Emyay
January 30th 2014
6033 Comments


will definitely listen. could blow tho

climactic
January 30th 2014
20263 Comments


will be cool, but fuuuuuuuuuck

wanted bm : (

titanslayer
January 30th 2014
2161 Comments


Was interested before I read no drums or vocals

Curse.
January 30th 2014
8037 Comments


Was interested even after no drums or vocals


Lucid
January 30th 2014
7025 Comments


sounds dull

VinVal
January 30th 2014
1167 Comments


they doin some alcest shit

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2014
10410 Comments


I'm strangely fascinated to see how this is

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2014
20261 Comments


this sounds interesting. Only thing I've heard by them is two hunters

Digging: Make Do and Mend - Don't Be Long

zaruyache
January 30th 2014
7871 Comments


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: Ethereal Shroud - They Became the Falling Ash

eternium
January 30th 2014
16351 Comments


Props for doing something unexpected. It's just that this band gets weaker with every subsequent release so I'm not getting too hyped.

Wizard
January 30th 2014
19767 Comments


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.

sounds dull

You perplex me sometimes Lucid. You love beautiful and almost ambient bm to begin with and yet this sounds dull to you?

Digging: Leviathan - Scar Sighted

LifeFeedsOnLife
January 30th 2014
137 Comments


"Celestite will contain no vocals and no drums..."

*sigh*

Wizard
January 30th 2014
19767 Comments


Good or bad sigh?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2014
16634 Comments


I love this band's vox so I'm disappointed

DarkNoctus
January 30th 2014
9011 Comments


i am a bit disappointed that it's pretty much a remix album of celestial lineage as far as i can gather

ThomasTheCure
January 30th 2014
307 Comments


"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.

Hawks
January 30th 2014
35870 Comments


Idk about this....

Digging: Chief Keef - Sorry 4 The Weight

Zackkkk
January 30th 2014
87 Comments


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.

bigguytoo9
January 30th 2014
276 Comments


I am excited to hear it, even if it's a sonic departure for the worse.

Vakarian12
January 31st 2014
3962 Comments


Looking forward to it.

Wizard
January 31st 2014
19767 Comments


more ambient black metal's always a good thing, in my book, anyway.

Right here people!

DJPaulsGimpArm
January 31st 2014
25 Comments


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.


MoosechriS
January 31st 2014
5080 Comments


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

Digging: Black Cilice - A Corpse, A Temple

LifeFeedsOnLife
January 31st 2014
137 Comments


@Wizard: Bad sigh... But it's WITTIR so who knows. I'm still going to give it a spin once its out.

LifeFeedsOnLife
January 31st 2014
137 Comments


*WITTR

zaruyache
February 1st 2014
7871 Comments


thanks mom

elbaliem
February 2nd 2014
950 Comments


probably will be similar with váli

Spec
February 2nd 2014
27531 Comments


Wolves in the THRONE ROOM

Digging: Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?

LilLioness
February 3rd 2014
2738 Comments


I knew the second that I heard with album would have no drums that sputnik was going to bitch.

zaruyache
February 10th 2014
7871 Comments


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.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2014
19363 Comments


it will probably be better than their last 2 albums TBH, especially if it actually sounds like they described

climactic
February 10th 2014
20263 Comments


black cascade is awesome though

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2014
19363 Comments


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.

climactic
February 10th 2014
20263 Comments


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 : (



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