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Review: Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage by Jayson
September 6, 2011, 2:29 pm
Filed under: Metal, Review | Tags: , , ,

I always feel like I have to write some preamble about the state of black metal regarding its audience and the divisiveness that results from discussing it. Forget all that though, it’s been said enough and I personally do not care. I like transcendental black metal. Bought the ticket, taking the ride.

Wolves in the Throne Room then, Celestial Lineage. I’ve been listening to it for a bit under a week and I’ve come to the conclusion that this might be their best record to date. One of the most compelling things about Wolves has always been how their philosophical underpinnings translate into the actual music they make. The female vocals absent from Black Cascade have returned, the ambient sounds feel more fully integrated into the music; I’d hesitate to call them samples. There’s also more of a willingness to run with the more transcendental side of the whole equation. Black metal is an ugly form of music, but the way Celestial Lineage is crafted gives us a genuinely beautiful album. When people use these adjectives like astral, earthen, transcendental as qualities to describe music, they’re often lacking in impact. It’s like there is a failure on the music’s part to communicate the qualities chosen to describe it, that couldn’t be farther from the truth here. Wolves have done it. If anyone doesn’t understand what this type of music is about, play them Celestial Lineage and they’ll get it.

Subterranean Initiation

Available on Southern Lord, of course.

– Jayson

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