Wolves In the Throne Room – Celestite by Ben Spencer

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/ Label: Artemisia Records
Distributor/ Label URL: http://artemisiarecords.bandcamp.com/
Released: 2014Buy Album: http://artemisiarecords.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: http://www.wittr.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/wolvesinthethroneroom

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Album track listing

1. Turning Ever Towards the Sun
2. Initiation at Neudeg Alm
3. Bridge of Leaves
4. Celestite Mirror
5. Sleeping Golden Storm

Band Line up

Nathan Weaver
Aaron Weaver

Review

It’s always a risky business when a band decide to change direction within their sound. Some will be drawn to it; others repelled. Such is the case with Wolves In the Throne Room’s fifth studio album Celestite. If the album name itself may sound familiar then it is because this album is supposed to be a mirroring of the band’s magnum opus Celestial Lineage.

Right from the outset of ‘Turning Ever Toward the Sun‘, you get the impression that the band are going about to unleash their blistering Black Metal fangs at any time. However, the constant resonance of delicate instrumentation remains prevalent throughout and so this is how the record runs its course right the way through.

From the murky sounding ‘Bridge of Leaves’ to the shimmering aura encased within ‘Celestite Mirror’ you certainly get the impression that the band are serious about their undertaking with this record’s minimalist style.

Closing off with ‘Sleeping Golden Storm’ the final track brushes past like an hybrid of electronic and at times post rock affair. The various beeps and reverberating noises in the distant do pull together rather well and held validate the band’s ability to go out in a memorable way.

The only flaw within this piece of music is not the lack of variation but more in the missed opportunity to capitalise upon Jessica Kennedy’s (guest vocalist) clean vocals which would no doubt have fitted the music in a highly complimentary way.

This album may turn a lot of Wolves In the Throne Room fans off and even make them lose faith in them.
However, if you pull deeper you will see that they are still a band whose artistic vision remains intact and their create flare has certainly not dwindled. It will be interesting to see where their art takes them next time.

Review by Ben Spencer
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