Wolves in the Throne Room Stream
2014-07-02 by zaruyache | 78 Comments

US atmospheric black metal act Wolves in the Throne Room have begun streaming their latest work, Celestite, through the New York Times' "Press Play" feature.

Celestite is the band's first complete foray into wholly ambient territory, featuring no vocals or percussion sections.

The album is to be released on July 8, 2014 through Artemisia Records, the new record label founded by bandmates Aaron and Nathan Weaver.

Head on over here to check the album out:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/arts/music/pressplay.html

And you can follow Artemisia Records here:
http://artemisiarecords.bandcamp.com/

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Band Page: Wolves in the Throne Room

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Veldin
July 1st 2014

1146 Comments


Sweet! I've been looking forward to this.

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bigguytoo9
July 1st 2014

243 Comments


will have to check this out later

Futures
July 1st 2014

9673 Comments


swee

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Toondude10
July 1st 2014

3815 Comments


Definitely interesting and better than I thought it would be. Still, the first two tracks are a little boring.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2014

19674 Comments


You rule zaruyache

BMDrummer
July 1st 2014

6341 Comments


shweet

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Futures
July 1st 2014

9673 Comments


it's not black metal 1/5

Toondude10
July 1st 2014

3815 Comments


Yeah it's more ambient this time around.

Futures
July 1st 2014

9673 Comments


no shit

Sympathies
July 1st 2014

63 Comments


wholly ambient

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2014

5427 Comments


This is interesting. I might have to take a swing at reviewing this at some point.

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Toondude10
July 1st 2014

3815 Comments


looking like a 3 right now

Futures
July 1st 2014

9673 Comments


thanks for the play by play keep me updated

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2014

8781 Comments


i like the first and last tracks but the tracks in the middle lose me a bit

Veldin
July 1st 2014

1146 Comments


Didn't realize this project consisted of just two brothers. Very cool.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2014

9911 Comments


This is nice so far. Though somewhat unremarkable at the same time.

Veldin
July 1st 2014

1146 Comments


Last two tracks are quite an interesting listening experience, but there definitely is a sense of desiring more...

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2014

9911 Comments


It's very listenable, but it's just going nowhere. It's safe to say that Alcest pulled off dropping the black metal part better this year haha. Will finish this tomorrow.

PorcelainRain
July 1st 2014

537 Comments


I think I have heard this band. Spencer Chamberlain's little brother is the drummer or something I think? I'll check this out they showed a lot of promise with songs in the past.

PorcelainRain
July 1st 2014

537 Comments


Oh gosh I must be thinking of the wrong band.

Futures
July 1st 2014

9673 Comments


haha you're thinking of to speak of wolves

climactic
July 1st 2014

18725 Comments


yes

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2014

31097 Comments


Well I like it

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2014

9911 Comments


Cool, there's nothing particularly "bad" about it, but I really can't find anything good to say about this at the same time you know?

zaruyache
July 2nd 2014

6286 Comments


I get you. It's ambient music and it's all... ambient-y and melodic and tranquil and noisy and drony and pensive and emotional, but it doesn't really do anything. Like a post-rock song with no climax.

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Azazzel
July 2nd 2014

135 Comments


I don't mind them experimenting with new sounds but if I go to the show later this month and it's all ambient I'm gonna be mad.

MO
July 2nd 2014

18526 Comments


meh it's ok I suppose

Keyblade
July 2nd 2014

14721 Comments


What do people expect ambient to do exactly?

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elbaliem
July 2nd 2014

899 Comments


good ambient, thats all

CaptainDooRight
July 2nd 2014

28864 Comments


gave the album a casual listen a few days, not enough to form an opinion but when I return for an in depth listen I will be looking for dynamics; one of my most sought after elements in music because it's something all genres can share and part of what makes music enjoyable to me in general

Wizard
July 2nd 2014

19344 Comments


Wish Varg could take a note from these guys. Does anyone have a leak?

I get you. It's ambient music and it's all... ambient-y and melodic and tranquil and noisy and drony and pensive and emotional, but it doesn't really do anything. Like a post-rock song with no climax.

But why must ambient music have a climax in order for it to be good listening? Sustaining a mood/ feel is really what makes ambient music so great in the first place.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2014

9911 Comments


It doesn't have to have a climax and I get it's ambient music. It's just that it's so monotonous and doesn't really go anywhere.

Underflow
July 2nd 2014

2556 Comments


Some people love explosive guitar solos with their ambient. Some people like their ambient music ambient.

Evreaia
July 2nd 2014

4022 Comments


gotta hear this later today!

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Keyblade
July 2nd 2014

14721 Comments


Wiz knows

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014

24933 Comments


mongi listen to more drone and ambient and less deftones

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2014

9911 Comments


Ok I'll do that just for you

Wizard
July 2nd 2014

19344 Comments


It doesn't have to have a climax and I get it's ambient music. It's just that it's so monotonous and doesn't really go anywhere.

I don't care that you find this monotonous but the fact you're siding with ambient music needing a climax basically tells me you need to get going with discovering more ambient music. I'm fairly new to the genre but by damn, I've explored enough in the past few years to know that the best ambient pieces are more elongated mood pieces than anything else. Climaxes are mostly saved for the bedroom nowdays ; ).

BigPleb
July 2nd 2014

36127 Comments


This might be better than Colored Sands, no dweedle in sight!

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Relinquished
July 2nd 2014

24933 Comments


poke the wizard with the stick and he'll summon the wolfe on you so watch it boi

BigPleb
July 2nd 2014

36127 Comments


I'll summon the koala and alien dude, so you better watch yourself

Keyblade
July 2nd 2014

14721 Comments


I don't care that you find this monotonous but the fact you're siding with ambient music needing a climax basically tells me you need to get going with discovering more ambient music. I'm fairly new to the genre but by damn, I've explored enough in the past few years to know that the best ambient pieces are more elongated mood pieces than anything else. Climaxes are mostly saved for the bedroom nowdays ; ).

Yep, you can't approach ambient the same way you do post-rock

CaptainDooRight
July 2nd 2014

28864 Comments


Climaxes are mostly saved for the bedroom nowdays

o how i cud yuse won write now

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2014

10078 Comments


lots of unfair expectations itt

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CaptainDooRight
July 2nd 2014

28864 Comments


life is unfair

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014

24933 Comments


deal with it B)

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2014

9911 Comments


Guys when I say "goes anywhere," I mean it's not interesting to me. I never said it needed a climax. If you guys wanna rec ambient music to me so I could hear more I'm all ears.

CaptainDooRight
July 2nd 2014

28864 Comments


.I believe you Mongi123.

Graveyard
July 2nd 2014

5709 Comments


rulez as expected

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2014

10078 Comments


Mongi, some of my favorites are Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory For the Sullen and Tim Hecker.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2014

9911 Comments


Thanks man, I guess I should try stars then.

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014

24933 Comments


yea stars is essential

zaruyache
July 2nd 2014

6286 Comments


Climax is a bad word for what I meant. This kind of music needs to be engaging and grip you, not just create interesting noises. It needs to go somewhere. There's nothing that exciting here, even though they did create some cool atmospheres.

Keyblade
July 2nd 2014

14721 Comments


What if creating the cool atmosphere is the point. From there, it's up to you where you want it to take you.

Futures
July 2nd 2014

9673 Comments


^winner

Toondude10
July 2nd 2014

3815 Comments


You know this is better than what I was originally expecting. Granted I'm not too fond of the second track but I'm getting used to the rest. At least the guitar parts are cool.

zaruyache
July 2nd 2014

6286 Comments


the atmosphere doesn't really take me anywhere significant, though, sooooo.... :3

Futures
July 2nd 2014

9673 Comments


in your opinion

17WordHaiku
July 2nd 2014

153 Comments


@Azazzel it says on their site that they've been rehearsing material for their upcoming tour that even includes some stuff off Diadem. That should be pretty exciting. Wish I could see them.

I've liked everything I've heard off the new album so far so I'm pumped.

CaptainDooRight
July 2nd 2014

28864 Comments


'Celestite Mirror' rules

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2014

21791 Comments


as someone who has never listened to this band before and hates black metal


that song does rule

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CaptainDooRight
July 2nd 2014

28864 Comments


now that I've given this a proper listen there's plenty of dynamics here and lol to those who don't even know what dynamics mean and those don't think dynamics are commonly present in ambient music

yes, ambient music has climaxes too you label freaks

zaruyache
July 2nd 2014

6286 Comments


Dynamic is like Batman right

deathofasalesman
July 2nd 2014

5824 Comments


This is nice. But I hope they pick up their guitars at the show I'm going to this month.

Hep Kat
July 2nd 2014

15351 Comments


hep kat cosigns the validity of this album's sweetness

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Hep Kat
July 2nd 2014

15351 Comments


but then again i think the new canibus is good so ~can i be trusted?~

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014

24933 Comments


yes cuz that was also gud

Hep Kat
July 2nd 2014

15351 Comments


TEMPORARY THREAD HIJACK:

ikr I mean he still rappin bout that crazy shit, but I thought he went in on most tracks and the beats were waaaay better than what he usually has

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014

24933 Comments


yea the beats improved furshure

zaruyache
July 2nd 2014

6286 Comments


I wouldn't mind if they incorporated this drony guitar feedback ambient into a more black metal-oriented sound for their next album. Bring on the bleep bloop blast beats of cosmic dick m/

climactic
July 2nd 2014

18725 Comments


anyone have a rip?

zaruyache
July 2nd 2014

6286 Comments


Here's a link to the getmetal page: http://tinyurl.com/nmejseq

Wizard
July 3rd 2014

19344 Comments


Guys when I say "goes anywhere," I mean it's not interesting to me.

You're still approaching it wrong.

CaptainDooRight
July 3rd 2014

28864 Comments


canibus meets WITTR - YUMMY - jim carrey

Underflow
July 3rd 2014

2556 Comments


Wizard knows.

Wizard
July 3rd 2014

19344 Comments


It's basically the same as me going into indie rock (which I know nothing about) and saying that I don't like a certain band because they don't hipster/ fag enough.

TheSpirit
July 3rd 2014

17743 Comments


Karl, you subtle motherfucker you

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Wizard
July 4th 2014

19344 Comments


Brandon, you awesome motherfucker you



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