Wolves In The Throne Room: Celestial Lineage

Oh my, oh my, it is finally here. The long awaited new WITTR record Celestial Lineage. I don’t really have to introduce these guys first because probably most people already heard of them and secondly you cannot assign them to a genre or put them into the box of Black Metal because they set themselves apart from the general Black Metal band related to lyrics and music. They come from Olympia, Washington and are two brothers, Nathan and Aaron Weaver. They choose their influences from several genres and name artists like Neurosis as their influences.

Their known for their relatively long songs to build up a trancelike atmosphere and so is this album. There are four long tracks and between these long tracks there are ambient passages which support the building of a unique feeling. The whole record runs about an hour The album starts with some eerie noise and a female voice singing about three minutes. Then suddenly, appeared from nowhere an avalanche of sound carries you away. You really get lost in this first 11 minute song and then repose for a minute. At first listen I could not kept the first song Thuja Magus Imperium apart from the third Subterrean Illness but I think this album is a grower like the others bang in after a few listens. Rainbow Illness is another ambient track and Woodland Cathedral is a five minute female shouting and I had half a mind to skip the track but it was already over and Astral Blood crept over. I think this was my favourite track on this album. Loved the guitar melodies and the fast paced style on this. The last track Prayer Of Transformation is also an eleven minute piece and winds down the atmosphere. I think it perfectly finishes the album.

All in all I liked the second half, that are the last two songs better than the other songs though it all fits together as one piece and I think they aimed for that. At first sight I am a bit sobered but it’s still a great piece of music. As I mentioned before this will grow on me after a few listen, at least I hope so.

  • 7/10

(Get Celestial Lineage here)

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