wolves in the throne room

Three years after their last record Celestial Lineage, Wolves in the Throne Room are not content with abandoning the album entirely to start a new record from scratch. Instead, the post-black metal duo are re-purposing many of the themes and stems from Celestial Lineage to create a companion album in Celestite, due out July 8th through their very own Artemisia Records.

As previously reported, the album will feature no vocals or drums. The group elaborates:

“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 tracklist for the effort has since emerged, sporting two fewer tracks than its predecessor:

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

Expect ambient soundscapes and acoustic guitars instead of the typical black metal-influenced sound the band is known for. Expect some new music and further details (album art, for instance) from Celestite within the next month.

– JR

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