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Metal Review – Wolves in the Throne Room: Celestite

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Wolves in the Throne Room: Celestite

When it comes to Black Metal, Wolves in the Throne Room is one of those names that should only be used if ready for a debate as intense as if you were discussing religion or politics. This entity has been bashed by many as being completely unoriginal since day one, while others herald them as pioneers who single handedly kick started the “dead US Black Metal scene.” Since their 2006 debut album Diadem of 12 Stars, they have remained rather controversial with each new release, and as of late changing their sound as well. First there was the moderately successful BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini, an unplugged release that seemed to announce the impending change in direction that would become the band’s fifth full-length effort, Celestite, all while not blatantly announcing the genre that would be taken. But does this new version of the duo create an album as remarkable as the supposed healing powers of the gem it’s named after, or is this less unique than many would have you believe?


First Impression – Wolves in the Throne Room: Celestite

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Apparently Wolves in the Throne Room have a new album due out on July 8th through their own Artemisia Records that, once again, finds the act redefining itself once more. Much like Burzum and Darkthrone‘s Fenriz electronic recording, this duo has shed their Black Metal roots in favor or releasing something Ambient. In preparation, they have unleashed “Initiation at Neudeg Alm” as the effort’s lead single, and given the reaction on my Facebook wall, I felt obligated to spend some time with the song and see if the praise was well deserved. I was ready for another round of electronic experimentation in the blackened community, even though I didn’t know what I was getting myself into this time.



Wolves in the Throne Room: BBC Sessions 2011 Anno Domini

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Wolves in the Throne Room: BBC Sessions 2011 Anno Domini

Back in 2011, Wolves in the Throne Room unleashed their fourth full-length album Celestial Lineage, but there’s more to that story than just the high praise and hitting the road. Apparently on October 21st of that year, roughly one month after the album dropped, the duo entered BBC’s Maida Vale studios to record two live tracks that were never made available for purchase. It’s been about two years since and Southern Lord Recordings has finally slapped them on vinyl. Dubbed the BBC Sessions 2011 Anno Domini, are these two songs testaments to the band’s accomplishments, or are they just to get their name lumped in with the many influential bands who recorded there before?


Wolves in the Throne Room: Celestial Lineage

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Wolves in the Throne Room: Celestial Lineage

When it comes to Black Metal, it seems everyone has a say in certain bands, whether they actually heard them or not. This ends up being the case with the band Wolves in the Throne Room, a group on the lips of fans of the style all around the world, and those who are just pelted with one side of the argument or both as to what makes this group great, and what makes the group falter. The band formed back in 2003, and when the group’s debut full-length offering Diadem of 12 Stars hit the unsuspecting masses, their popularity and infamy took off at quite a rapid pace. With an EP, live album, and three full-lengths behind them since, Wolves in the Throne Room return on their long time home of Southern Lord Records with their fourth album, the highly anticipated Celestial Lineage. Chances are good there’s really no reason to write this review since fans will end up buying this album no matter what, and those who dislike the group will continue to avoid it, but just what does Celestial Lineage have in store for those not quite familiar with this band at point in their career?