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Release date: 13 September 2011
Style: Atmospheric black metal

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8.2 | 228 votes

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The best Black Metal album of 2011

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (5)


Line-up
Nathan Weaver - vocals, guitar, synths, mellotron
Aaron Weaver - guitar, percussion, synths, drums

Guest/session musicians:
Jessika Kenney - vocals, organ
Zeynep Oyku Yilmaz - grand harp
Phil Petrocelli - percussion
Aaron Turner - vocals
Faith Coloccia - backing vocals
Randall Dunn - synths, mellotron, percussion, guitar
Timb Harris - strings
Milky Burgess - guitar solo


Additional info
Produced by Randall Dunn and Wolves in the Throne Room.
Basic tracking recorded at Avast! by Randall Dunn.
Additional recording by Randall Dunn at Aleph Studios, Schism, and Owl Lodge.
Mixed at Avast! and Sinister Kitchen by Randall Dunn.
Mastered by Mell Detmer.
Photographs produced by Alison Scarpulla.
Photography concepts created by Alison Scarpulla, Stephen Rudolph and Wolves in the Throne Room.
Art direction by Wolves in the Throne Room and Alison Scarpulla. Design by Aaron Turner and Faith Coloccia.

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
9.0
Rainy evenings have a vibe of their own: rainy evenings with entrancing atmosphere are astonishing. The wolves have returned to the throne room and the fourth chapter has been carved in stone. The highly anticipated Celestial Lineage has arrived and along with it the specialists of "Vastness And Sorrow" simply because that's what they always preserved; vastness and depth in terms of sound and an omnipresent escalating bitterness and sonorous rapture.

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published 10.10.2011 | Comments (26)

Guest review by
Boxcar Willy

Rating:
8.2
Not being one for black metal - the closest I came to understanding the genre was with Woods Of Ypres and Keep Of Kalessin - I decided to give Wolves In The Throne Room's Celestial Lineage a spin as a result of some widespread attention online.

I had my hopes up, and my hopes were met.

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published 12.01.2012 | Comments (10)

Staff pick by
BitterCOld

22.09.2011 Wolves In The Throne Room are back and, somehow, despite adjusting their standard song structure from epic to more conventional length, they have managed to recapture some of the magick of their earlier albums that was absent on Black Cascade. A swell album that manages to capture and combine the ugliness of black metal with the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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Zuzuz0r - 02.01.2011 at 20:22  
  Yes.
BitterCOld - 03.01.2011 at 05:03  
Rating: 8 Please.
InnerSelf - 03.01.2011 at 13:57  
Rating: 9 Very good
a lot to anticipate this year
Carl Berg - 10.01.2011 at 18:50  
Rating: 10 Holy shit! METAL
Skyum - 21.03.2011 at 12:16  
 
Written by Zuzuz0r on 02.01.2011 at 20:22

Yes.

Written by BitterCOld on 03.01.2011 at 05:03

Please.

Give. Now.
Chobo_jokeR - 13.06.2011 at 17:41  
Rating: 9 I hope an official date is released soon. At least they provided an update on their website about the status of the album.
Timm O))) - 04.08.2011 at 10:55  
  It'll be released on september 13th, here's an early review: http://americanaftermath.net/2011/08/03/review-wolves-in-the-throne-room-celestial-lineage/

I'm pretty damn excited for this!
BeastOfMetal456 - 16.08.2011 at 17:28  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 03.01.2011 at 13:57

Very good
a lot to anticipate this year

I agree. Wolves are great.
Kenos - 19.08.2011 at 12:20  
  FAP
glasgow_smile - 06.09.2011 at 07:16  
  Just got this album. AMAZING.
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.09.2011 at 15:15  
Rating: 8 Perhaps it was my rock bottom expectations but this album has a great sound. Let's just forget the last album and ep. The ultimate hipster black metal band have returned.
InnerSelf - 09.09.2011 at 18:23  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.09.2011 at 15:15

Perhaps it was my rock bottom expectations but this album has a great sound. Let's just forget the last album and ep. The ultimate hipster black metal band have returned.


The EP was great , better than the "Black Cascade" imo . anyway this is great indeed
Dangerboner - 09.09.2011 at 19:11  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.09.2011 at 15:15

The ultimate hipster black metal band have returned.

Just because some hipsters like them, doesn't make them "hipster black metal"

Looking forward to buying this
!J.O.O.E.! - 09.09.2011 at 19:19  
Rating: 8
Written by Dangerboner on 09.09.2011 at 19:11


Just because some hipsters like them, doesn't make them "hipster black metal"

Looking forward to buying this

No but there's no bigger band that appeals more to hipsters (though Deathspell Omega are giving them a run for their money) thus they are a hipster black metal band. It's not a snipe at their music, rather the culture that has grown around them.
Kenos - 10.09.2011 at 11:34  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.09.2011 at 19:19

Written by Dangerboner on 09.09.2011 at 19:11


Just because some hipsters like them, doesn't make them "hipster black metal"

Looking forward to buying this

No but there's no bigger band that appeals more to hipsters (though Deathspell Omega are giving them a run for their money) thus they are a hipster black metal band. It's not a snipe at their music, rather the culture that has grown around them.


I still have to understand why they have a hipster fanbase (and by the way, is that true?)... I mean, they're just a (great) atmospheric black metal band.
Meh, whatever... Their music is wonderful and that's what really matters after all.
Chobo_jokeR - 13.09.2011 at 05:47  
Rating: 9 I love the album, but every time I listen to it, it feels like the album ends too quickly. I'm always left wanting more, so I just have to spin it again - with that same result.

The music is beautiful though, feels like Two Hunters 2.0.
InnerSelf - 13.09.2011 at 14:22  
Rating: 9
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 13.09.2011 at 05:47


The music is beautiful though, feels like Two Hunters 2.0.


That's what I thought too
Sync - 14.09.2011 at 19:53  
Rating: 10 One of, if not album of the year IMO, yet.
munson - 14.09.2011 at 21:00  
Rating: 9 I wasn't crazy over this band's first three albums, but this one is clearly much better. Definitely one of the better albums of the year in my opinion.
Kenos - 15.09.2011 at 23:05  
  Oh no... It's in the chart now. I bet some fakes/trolls will downrate it just to wipe it out from the chart... -_-
iMorphball - 16.09.2011 at 02:04  
  Never heard from this band, though, with it topping the charts, I'll for sure check it out.
Sync - 16.09.2011 at 18:20  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 15.09.2011 at 23:05

Oh no... It's in the chart now. I bet some fakes/trolls will downrate it just to wipe it out from the chart... -_-


sad to say its already happened now
Kenos - 16.09.2011 at 20:10  
 
Written by Sync on 16.09.2011 at 18:20

Written by Guest on 15.09.2011 at 23:05

Oh no... It's in the chart now. I bet some fakes/trolls will downrate it just to wipe it out from the chart... -_-


sad to say its already happened now

Predictable as sunrise.
JÄY - 17.09.2011 at 01:53  
 
Written by Guest on 10.09.2011 at 11:34

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.09.2011 at 19:19

Written by Dangerboner on 09.09.2011 at 19:11


Just because some hipsters like them, doesn't make them "hipster black metal"

Looking forward to buying this

No but there's no bigger band that appeals more to hipsters (though Deathspell Omega are giving them a run for their money) thus they are a hipster black metal band. It's not a snipe at their music, rather the culture that has grown around them.


I still have to understand why they have a hipster fanbase (and by the way, is that true?)... I mean, they're just a (great) atmospheric black metal band.
Meh, whatever... Their music is wonderful and that's what really matters after all.

If it is true, its because they are from Olympia, Washington....hipster capital of the world.
SamuelSanchezAlvarez - 20.09.2011 at 00:22  
  A fucking great black metal album, and one of the best albums of this year
Fat & Sassy! - 21.09.2011 at 03:06  
 
Written by Guest on 10.09.2011 at 11:34

I still have to understand why they have a hipster fanbase (and by the way, is that true?).


SHOE.

GAZE.

That is all.
dr.doom - 22.09.2011 at 02:38  
  I picked this up yesterday after blindly buying the new Opeth album just to be disappointed.

This lifted me out of that slump instantly, really an excellent work from WitTR. These guys are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. They just have such a "natural" feeling approach to BM, I can't get enough.
munson - 22.09.2011 at 06:09  
Rating: 9 My favorite release of theirs so far.
Kenos - 25.09.2011 at 13:58  
  However, those alden and valden are clearly vote-abusing fakes... Just to point it out. -_-
Chobo_jokeR - 25.09.2011 at 21:26  
Rating: 9 The more I listen to it, the better it gets, even after well over 30 spins.
Being and Time - 27.09.2011 at 04:04  
  Excellent album! While I think it is slightly less interesting compared to Fen's Epoch or any of the shoegazey-black metal- ambiance kind of records that have come out this year, it's definitely a highlight of my year. It's done just right. I hope I can find this in my record shop.
Unhealer - 27.09.2011 at 05:50  
Rating: 7 Nice one. Gave it a few listens, so may increase the score later

Love the songs with a "prayer" feeling.
M C Vice - 16.11.2011 at 10:29  
Rating: 9 I found it very similar to Ixion's To The Void. And I mean that in a good way. Very atmospheric.
Boxcar Willy - 09.01.2012 at 05:05  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 09.09.2011 at 19:19

Written by Dangerboner on 09.09.2011 at 19:11


Just because some hipsters like them, doesn't make them "hipster black metal"

Looking forward to buying this

No but there's no bigger band that appeals more to hipsters (though Deathspell Omega are giving them a run for their money) thus they are a hipster black metal band. It's not a snipe at their music, rather the culture that has grown around them.

I have to agree with you on the hipster thing, I'm not usually a black metal fan, but i love wittr!



Btw, I'm not a hipster.
Draugen - 05.02.2012 at 14:51  
Rating: 8 This album was my first proper experience with the band and I must say that I am very impressed. The variation between the ambient elements and the more straight up black metal parts is great.

I will definitely check out the rest of their discography.
tea[m]ster - 03.03.2012 at 04:48  
Rating: 8
Written by Draugen on 05.02.2012 at 14:51

This album was my first proper experience with the band.


Mine also. I am not a big black metal fan but when I read some reviews about this album I decided to check it out. I can tell already after a couple of spins I am gonna need a few more spins to fully get what this album has to offer. Very complex and alot going on. I think I dig it...so far...
tea[m]ster - 08.03.2012 at 21:38  
Rating: 8 Ok, I am digging it

Can anyone with a huge background in this "genre" of music suggest any other albums I might like? As you can tell by my collection the only other thing that comes close is Lantlos?
Troy Killjoy - 08.03.2012 at 22:01  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 08.03.2012 at 21:38
Can anyone with a huge background in this "genre" of music suggest any other albums I might like? As you can tell by my collection the only other thing that comes close is Lantlos?

Check out the metalgaze releases from the Awards nominees.

Also try Alda, Ash Borer, Falls of Rauros, Fell Voices, Fen, Lake of Blood, Skagos...
tea[m]ster - 08.03.2012 at 22:03  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.03.2012 at 22:01

Written by tea[m]ster on 08.03.2012 at 21:38
Can anyone with a huge background in this "genre" of music suggest any other albums I might like? As you can tell by my collection the only other thing that comes close is Lantlos?

Check out the metalgaze releases from the Awards nominees.

Also try Alda, Ash Borer, Falls of Rauros, Fell Voices, Fen, Lake of Blood, Skagos...


Knew I could count on you Troy, thanks. I am lucky to catch you online now, yes? Haven't seen you in a while...
Troy Killjoy - 08.03.2012 at 22:07  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 08.03.2012 at 22:03
Knew I could count on you Troy, thanks. I am lucky to catch you online now, yes? Haven't seen you in a while...

I'm usually online, but any time you have a question in regards to black metal and you're worried I won't catch you in the forums (since I don't lurk as much anymore), just send me a PM. It's a rare thing for me not to be able to help someone with discovering new bands.

As for my absence... I kind of quit for a while. It was going to be long-term but shit didn't work out so now I'm back.
tea[m]ster - 08.03.2012 at 22:19  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.03.2012 at 22:07

Written by tea[m]ster on 08.03.2012 at 22:03
Knew I could count on you Troy, thanks. I am lucky to catch you online now, yes? Haven't seen you in a while...

I'm usually online, but any time you have a question in regards to black metal and you're worried I won't catch you in the forums (since I don't lurk as much anymore), just send me a PM. It's a rare thing for me not to be able to help someone with discovering new bands.

As for my absence... I kind of quit for a while. It was going to be long-term but shit didn't work out so now I'm back.


Place wasn't the same without you! I will PM you with more black metal questions!
Boxcar Willy - 21.05.2012 at 17:45  
  My first BM album, the genre has certainly grown on me since then.

My opinion on this album is the same, this is a great atmo black album.
NocturnalStalker - 17.12.2012 at 17:36  
Rating: 8 I'm not much into atmospheric kind of black metal but, nevertheless, I enjoyed this album. I think that the chants, female singing and ambient parts fit quite well with raw black metal side of the band's music. Their previous record didn't leave any lasting impression upon me but "Celestial Lineage" managed to catch my attention, which led to a pleasant experience for me.
csiga - 09.01.2013 at 18:34  
  666th album in my fucking collection!
rahul77 - 17.02.2014 at 05:01  
Rating: 9 Wolves are awsum ....finally found a new BM band to listen to...
deadone - 07.03.2014 at 04:32  
Rating: 7 Checked this out cause I liked the name. Surprisingly I enjoyed it for the most part...
tea[m]ster - 04.05.2014 at 17:53  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.03.2012 at 22:01

Also try Alda, Ash Borer, Falls of Rauros, Fell Voices, Fen, Lake of Blood, Skagos...


Ha, amazing. I dig Falls Of Rauros and Fen is one of my favorite bands now.
Troy Killjoy - 08.05.2014 at 07:03  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 04.05.2014 at 17:53
Ha, amazing. I dig Falls Of Rauros and Fen is one of my favorite bands now.

Glad to hear some of those suggestions tickled your fancy.
Lit. - 28.05.2014 at 23:02  
  Nothing quite like sitting on the front porch on a nice summer day listening to this album.

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