Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Label: Southern Lord Records
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-09-05
Highlights: Thuja Magus Imperium , Woodland Cathedral.
"Wolves In The Throne Room" is a black metal band that hails from Washington- United States, formed in 2003 and the released three fascinating full-length albums after releasing two average demos, and this year the band continues its releases and presents its fourth album "Celestial Lineage".
This full-length album contains many atmospheric and ambient elements, female vocals, streaming shoegaze weather that all pound the black metal riffs like a hammer of glass, and every shred of this glassy hammer represents the wild crackly and shivery black metal vocals, The keys are playing the role of the place in this theatrical scene (Celestial Lineage), They surround the tracks and embrace them too tight, so no one single melody can escape from your ears. The production are not crystal and perfectly clear, but it rigorous relentless enough to paint the whole environment with the loud old school black metal sound, the guitars are crashing with the tight drum-beats like an enormous cascade of sand, everything has been done perfectly with enough variations between the tracks.
The female guest vocals in the tracks "Thuja Magus Imperium" "and Woodland Cathedral" have been performed by Faith Coloccia (From the band House of Low Culture, And she has done the artwork of this album too) and Jessika Kenney (From the band Asva), and they really added warmth and passion through the tracks. A lot of fanatic black metal fans would hate the variations of the tracks here, because the female vocals and the shoegaze passages may not satisfy their needs for rough black metal tracks, But after all, all these variations added more perfection to the whole image of the album.
Generally, this is not a normal black metal band, every album they've made granted them more experience, and they've really improved a lot, the compositions and the arrangement are professional, And more energy toward the path of the atmospheric black metal has been discovered through this released, If you are into the styles of Burzum and Ulver, then this is a recommended album.