Those of you wishing the return of seminal black metal act Wolves In The Throne Room to be accompanied by another slew of introspective and atmospheric black metal may be a little disappointed. The band have announced plans to release a new album based on material recorded for 2011’s Celestial Lineage, appropriately titled Celestite. Interestingly, the album will contain no vocals or drums, instead aiming for “heavy crystalline synthesizer journeying, Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation.”
The band further elaborated on their thought process and revealed the album to be the counterpart to 2011’s Celestial Linage:
“To make Celestite, we delved into the subterranean sonics that are buried in the mix of Celestial Lineage. We isolated them, processed them and took this unearthed soundscape as our starting point. Upon this base we recorded an entirely new album. Some melodies from Celestial Lineage are recognizable, but these familiar sounds appear as ghosts, barely tethered to the original compositions. This new album is an unorthodox foray; a fully instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. We left some work undone with Celestial Lineage. The recording of that album in the Winter of 2011 was a monumental project for us personally, and the creative fire from those recording sessions was still burning. This recording process was an opportunity to journey into our own inner universe to complete that which needed to be completed.”
Definitely an interesting approach to take, but I think there’s going to be more than a few disappointed people with this news. More news as we get it.