Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage


8.2 | 239 votes |
Release date: 13 September 2011
Style: Atmospheric black metal

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01. Thuja Magus Imperium
02. Permanent Changes In Consciousness
03. Subterranean Initiation
04. Rainbow Illness
05. Woodland Cathedral
06. Astral Blood
07. Prayer Of Transformation

The best Black Metal album of 2011

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)

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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27.09.2011 - 04:04
Being and Time
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.
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27.09.2011 - 05:50
Rating: 7
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Nice one. Gave it a few listens, so may increase the score later

Love the songs with a "prayer" feeling.
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16.11.2011 - 10:29
Rating: 9
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
I found it very similar to Ixion's To The Void. And I mean that in a good way. Very atmospheric.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
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09.01.2012 - 05:05
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Guest 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.
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05.02.2012 - 14:51
Rating: 8
Draugen
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.
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03.03.2012 - 04:48
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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...
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08.03.2012 - 21:38
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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?
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08.03.2012 - 22:01
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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...
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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08.03.2012 - 22:03
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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...
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08.03.2012 - 22:07
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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08.03.2012 - 22:19
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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!
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21.05.2012 - 17:45
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
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.
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forever bummed out
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17.12.2012 - 17:36
Rating: 8
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
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.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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09.01.2013 - 18:34
csiga
Munin
666th album in my fucking collection!
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i survived the lake bodom!
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17.02.2014 - 05:01
Rating: 9
rahul77
Wolves are awsum ....finally found a new BM band to listen to...
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04.05.2014 - 17:53
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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.
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08.05.2014 - 07:03
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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28.05.2014 - 23:02
Lit.
Account deleted
Nothing quite like sitting on the front porch on a nice summer day listening to this album.
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08.03.2015 - 23:14
Maco
Handbanana
Pretty enjoyable, now I can listen to their so called best albums.
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I'm derp.
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08.01.2017 - 04:18
Vombatus
Potorro
Was randomly thinking of ambient album syncing with BM, and thought about this one with Celestite could be the best example. Actually works quite well, even if the song lenght and structure aren't the same. Odd enough, someone already thought about it and uploaded a version:



Some moments (Astral Blood!) really benefit from those extra keyboards on the background. Cool little idea.
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