As Cascadian duo, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, prepares for the release of Celestite — the instrumental companion to their 2011 Celestial Lineage LP — we can offer a foretaste of the impending album with a stream of its magnum opus, “Celestite Mirror.”
With over forty-five minutes of stunning, reworked versions of the powerful black metal anthems that surged on Celestial Lineage, on Celestite, the band takes a deeper excursion into the crystalline synthesizer-driven domains that have long intrigued them. With the aid of producer Randall Dunn, they unearthed a hidden soundscape that is only loosely tethered to their familiar sound, yet is still unmistakably the work of WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. The scores of renowned sound-sculptors like Carpenter and Eno merge with the band’s Pacific Northwestern inspirations and through a literal wall of vintage synth gear, the previous album is here fully re-imagined and delivered on a parallel existence to its predecessor. The cover art visually enhances these expansive passages with an otherworldly forest vision, a collaboration created by Rachel Carns and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s Nathan Weaver.
“Celestite Mirror”, the most extensive of Celestite’s works, is a nearly fifteen-minute excursion into exploratory soundscapes as vast and beautiful as the band’s surrounding woodlands.
Discover what lies in wait on Celestite with a glimpse into the “Celestite Mirror” below:
Celestite will see release in the UK/EU on July 7th through the band’s own newly forged label, Artemisia Records, with digipak CD, gatefold LP and digital download editions pending. Preorders are now available HERE.
1. Turning Ever Towards The Sun
2. Initiation at Neudeg Alm
3. Bridge of Leaves
4. Celestite Mirror
5. Sleeping Golden Storm
While Celesite bears new “non-metal” and fully synth-based output, the album does not represent a “change in direction” for WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM as a whole. In fact, the duo will once again join forces with additional musical cohorts this Summer and bring their torrid and transcendental blackened whirlwind back to the masses this year, beginning with a West Coast US tour this Summer. From July 11th through the 20th, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will raid their hometown of Olympia Washington followed by Bellingham, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Los Angeles. Additional tour dates will follow over the coming months.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Tour Dates:
7/11/2014 Capital Theatre Backstage – Olympia, WA [tickets]
7/12/2014 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA [tickets]
7/13/2014 The Venue – Vancouver, BC [tickets]
7/14/2014 Crocodile – Seattle, WA [tickets]
7/15/2014 Star Theatre – Portland, OR [tickets]
7/17/2014 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA [tickets]
7/18/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA [tickets]
7/19/2014 Che Café – San Diego, CA [tickets]
7/20/2014 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
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Photo Credit: Chris Beug