I hold the opinion that some of the best black metal is often of the atmospheric variety. Obviously, you have your exceptions, but I’ve taken a liking to Post-Black Metal and Cascadian Black Metal; basically that stuff that hipsters apparently listen to. The frontrunners of that scene are Wolves in the Throne Room, who are finishing up their latest offering, Celestial Lineage. While I am pretty excited, the highly verbose press release confuses me to no end. The dudes are no doubt fairly eloquent with their vocabulary and descriptions, but they certainly won’t hesitate to let you know. Check out the press release below:

The transmutation reaches a new level with the completion of the album. In contrast to the bleakly hypnotic architecture of Black Cascade, the lifespan of Celestial Lineage breathes more expansive and visionary life into the duo’s work. The WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM trademark long-form approach to arrangement remains intact, but there is a stronger thread of Popul Vuh-inspired underworld synthscapes and star-lit pulse woven with the intertwining guitar figures. Celestial Lineage will end a trilogy of releases which began with Two Hunters (2007), and is segued by Black Cascade (2009), and like both previous albums, will be released via Southern Lord Recordings, with a street date of September 13, 2011 now confirmed. Three songs on the album feature Jessika Kenney’s liturgical choir and solo voice, as heard on Two Hunters as well as 2009’s Malevolent Grain EP, the album also including orations from Aaron Turner (Isis).

Some rather cool news in there! I have to appreciate the creative writing though, and I admit that I’m quite jealous that I can’t come up with clever ways to describe a guitar sound. I’m starting to understand why WITTR are associated with hipsters and pretentiousness. Just check the rest of it out:

Stated WITTR drummer Aaron Weaver of the writing process for Celestial Lineage: “An ornate constellation of imagery is what that guides the songwriting process. Cedar temples crowned with burnished bronze domes glimpsed in a remote valley. Wild Midsummer bonfires and feasting on roasted flesh. All of the sounds serve to evoke the images that exist in our minds eye. With this record we’re going to explore an entirely new palette of sound. We want the instruments to sound like the liturgical music of a cedar cult.”

Haha oh wow.

Alright, enough giving them shit for being smart; said simply, the music is highly based on folksy imagery and landscapes, and the musical aesthetics were written as a sort of ‘soundtrack’ for these locales. The music should be pretty sweet, in standard WITTR fashion. Celestial Lineage will be out September 13th on Southern Lord.

– JR


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