Wolves in the Throne Room
Celestial Lineage


3.5
great

Review

by CharizardOysterSauce USER (3 Reviews)
October 6th, 2011 | 20 replies | 3,069 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Between the blastbeats, distortion and drones, all that is left is interludes, chimes, and female Vox. But i got my money's worth. Washy yet screechy guitars, Wolves In The Throneroom's 4th Album is a beautiful child of American Ambient Black Meatel. A Sh

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

WITTR's latest release is something of spastic darkness and shoegaze molestation moments, all in the perfect smoothie of grubs and Zaxby's fried chicken. Heavily distorted guitars, gut wrenching vocal screeches and scrawls, This is the world of Black Tar Metal,and it truly is a beautiful experience.

"Thuja Magnus Imperryum" starts to album off in a very blue astral plane, with female vox similar to that of Enya. This evolves before the 4 minute mark into the spastic darkness i was talking about earlier. The calmness is catapulted into this new territory and it is a very brutal experience, many listeners would either be turned on/off at this point, but this is where WITTR's style shines showing us was true Washington Metal is all About. This Spawlatatious Battle rages on until the 7minute Mark hits, the battle is transported from dungeons and demons, to scaling icy mountains and cold potato stew. What could easily be the soundtrack to the Lord of The Rings, is now a ringing pulsation of negro vibrations. This track clocking in at almost 12 minutes, is most persomboningly an enlightening experience. Did i mention the death toll killed you already?

"Thuja" is the first impression of the album being the first track, and its safe to say, its a very decent, memorable, yet spacey approach. To me, this was how most of the album came across. 5 of the tracks off the album take this approach, which causes the initial sound of the album to blend together. Instead of the tracks taking individual qualities, the albums flows as one piece,one large battle scene, which dubs it a clobbering experience with light-hearted interludes and tendencies.

The album has 2 interlude tracks being "Permanent Changes in Consciousness" and "Rainbow Illness" are both quick handjobs in a truckstop bathroom with little to mild satisfaction.

"Subterranean Initiation" starts off strong and flighty, but towards the 4 minute mark, it just sounds like Nathan Weaver throws his guitar across the room and plays Mortal Kombat really loud to annoy his parents. A feeble attempt full of teenage angst and hunger tantrums.

"Woodland Cathedral" is probably the most beautiful track, with fairy chimes and gnome rectum ticklings, which blend together well with the Elf like female grope vocals in the background. A calming and soothing effect on the body which can cause drowsiness. Probably my favorite track.

"Astral Blood" is alright

"Prayer of Transformation" being the last track on the album is clearly a rip-of of Tera Melos and Boris all together.I can believe Southern Lord let them get away with covering a Kelly Carpenter song. The guitar drones are very pretty and cute, and the vocals are a higher focal point, but i am left disappointed that it is all over so soon. This song sounds literally like the ending to a SpiderMan movie. The vocals are very haunting. Just when you think its over, the frequencies rise and rise, then abruptly stop.

Over all i was pleased with this album, i just wish it was longer. Between the blastbeats, distortion and drones, all that is left is interludes, chimes, and female Vox. But i got my money's worth. Washy yet screechy guitars, Wolves In The Throneroom's 4th Album is a beautiful child of American Ambient Black Meatel. A Shadow Child Dissolves in the Darkness.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
BallsToTheWall
October 6th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Pretty embarrassing that Cloyster could KO the all mighty Charizard.

CharizardOysterSauce
October 6th 2011



10 Comments


ya itsall cool, iloev but the balls are inert

Ulsufyring
October 6th 2011



1725 Comments


"Astral Blood" is alright
take this out

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2011



16012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol kid takes a 10 minute song (the second best on the album) and all he says about it is "it's alright"

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zaruyache
October 6th 2011



4840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"Astral Blood" is alright

It's probably the best track on the album.

Woodland Cathedral is an out-of-place waste of space.



Digging: Paramnesia - Paramnesia

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2011



16126 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

And a really bad Dea Artio ripoff.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2011



17348 Comments


Still haven't listened to this and i have no idea when i actually will/want to.

Digging: Monolake - Interstate

CharizardOysterSauce
October 6th 2011



10 Comments


my work here is done ; )

Vesper
October 6th 2011



3085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lolwut.

A Shadow Child Dissolves in the Darkness.


Nice, stealing this for the next heading in my emo diary.

bloozclooz
October 6th 2011



1770 Comments


"Astral Blood" is alright

da fuck

Over all i was pleased with this album, i just wish it was longer

okay now i know this is a joke

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2011



17348 Comments


derpy ftw

Carnifex
October 7th 2011



1918 Comments


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psykonaut
October 7th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review

acorncheese
October 7th 2011



7115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

should've been an EP really with just thuja and astral

KronosRage
October 7th 2011



367 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

sucks

Keyblade
October 7th 2011



13271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought this was a joke as soon as I read Imperryum.

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CharizardOysterSauce
October 7th 2011



10 Comments


this is a perfect example of rising ambient dark metal bands, you dont see too much of this coming from the US,and it being as good as this, i just eel like they could have made this release more memorable,i still like the older stuff better

zaruyache
October 7th 2011



4840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

you dont see too much of this coming from the US

...I think it's safe to assume that you don't listen to much USBM.

YUJOS
October 8th 2011



890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ USADM. US Ambient Dark Metal!! The new trend my friend!! XAXAXAXAXA

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CharizardOysterSauce
October 8th 2011



10 Comments


this is a good album, it should have just been longer, not enough powers, tries too hard to be shoegaze with Cocorosie tendencies



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