Release date: 8 July 2014
Style: Dark ambient , Drone

Rating:

7.2 | 77 votes

Owners:

54 have it
28 want it


01. Turning Ever Towards The Sun
02. Initiation At Neudeg Alm
03. Bridge Of Leaves
04. Celestite Mirror
05. Sleeping Golden Storm

Review


Line-up
Nathan Weaver - guitars, synthesizers
Aaron Weaver - guitars, synthesizers

Additional musicians:
Randall Dunn - synthesizers
Timm Mason - serge modular
Steve Moore - French horn, trombone
Josiah Boothby - French horn, trombone
Mara Winter - flute
Veronica Dye - flute


Additional info
Produced by Randall Dunn and Wolves In The Throne Room.

Staff review by
Apothecary

Rating:
N/A
Wolves In The Throne Room. That name quite clearly means different things to different people. Upon the announcement that the band's fifth album would have no vocals or drums, and instead be more of an instrumental ambient album, a polarization of sorts occurred among the WITTR fanbase. Many were excited about the idea, but a good percent of others lamented the loss of the band's black metal personality that was to come. I happily planted myself in the former camp, and I'm very delighted to say that the Weaver brothers have exceeded my expectations with Celestite.

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published 24.06.2014 | Comments (28)

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Alex Fenger - 11.07.2014 at 17:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 10.07.2014 at 21:38

Well, I visited a few album pages in a short time and noticed you three all handed out 9's to those albums (new Esoteric, Infestus, Emptiness and Celestite... maybe even more ). Of course I'm not saying you like the exact same things. Just that your tastes are very similar.

Similar tastes? Yes. But to expect the three of us to have the exact same opinion on any given album is frankly insulting. I mean have you seen Joe? How dare you associate me with that swine....jkluvyoujoe
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 17:55  
Rating: 8
Written by Alex Fenger on 11.07.2014 at 17:55

...that swine

*oink*
Erik M. - 11.07.2014 at 23:19  
Rating: 6
Written by Alex Fenger on 11.07.2014 at 17:55

Similar tastes? Yes. But to expect the three of us to have the exact same opinion on any given album is frankly insulting. I mean have you seen Joe? How dare you associate me with that swine....jkluvyoujoe




But have you read what I said? If so, you'll know I never insulted you in that way.
Reaper_Redeamer - 13.07.2014 at 13:45  
Rating: 8 They can even make ambient
Nice music, thay can evolve this!
infernaldeath87 - 14.07.2014 at 08:15  
Rating: 6 One of those rare records of which I highly dislike and do not understand the purpose of the same droning note for about 3/4 of the album. Just my opinion, don't kill me.
Alex Fenger - 15.07.2014 at 19:51  
Rating: 9
Written by infernaldeath87 on 14.07.2014 at 08:15

One of those rare records of which I highly dislike and do not understand the purpose of the same droning note for about 3/4 of the album. Just my opinion, don't kill me.

I will kill you. Just kidding. It's understandable that some previous fans of the band would be disappointed with the change in style on Celestite. It's not a sound for everyone. I however, fucking love it, and probably regard this as my second favorite WITTR album
Alex Fenger - 15.07.2014 at 20:20  
Rating: 9 As usual Pitchfork proves with its' review of Celestite that their writers for metal bands hate it when a band changes styles. Calling this album an "indecisive mess" is pretty dumb to me. It's seems very clear that the band strayed from typical WITTR style for an ambient/drone driven celestial orgasm. The reviewer also compares it to the predecessors the whole time which it clearly is not meant to be. This is probably coming across as fanboy driven annoyance. I do enjoy seeing opposing points of view, even on albums I love, I just think Grayson Currin is horrible at defending and describing his stances on albums
Troy Killjoy - 15.07.2014 at 22:42  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 15.07.2014 at 20:20
review of Celestite
I just think Grayson Currin is horrible at defending and describing his stances on albums

Agreed, at least based on that review. It seemed more like "I don't like that these guys changed their style" as opposed to "here is why the band's new style is not good".
infernaldeath87 - 17.07.2014 at 06:57  
Rating: 6
Quote:
Quote:

I will kill you. Just kidding. It's understandable that some previous fans of the band would be disappointed with the change in style on Celestite. It's not a sound for everyone. I however, fucking love it, and probably regard this as my second favorite WITTR album

Two Hunters and Celestial Lineage are my favorites. I don't know, the ambience thing just seems like it's too overboard, it's such a drastic departure of sound my opinion.
Troy Killjoy - 17.07.2014 at 09:12  
 
Written by infernaldeath87 on 17.07.2014 at 06:57
...the ambience thing just seems like it's too overboard, it's such a drastic departure of sound my opinion.

Too overboard? The whole point of the album is ambiance. I'm not arguing that you have to like it or anything, like I get that tastes differ, but you're basically saying you don't like an ambient album because it's too ambient.

Also a little confused about the latter portion of your comment. It's obviously a drastic departure of sound - they said it would be, and set out to create something unlike anything they've released previously. If you weren't keeping up with the information being revealed about this while it was being recorded then I could understand your surprise, but it's not like this was some well-kept secret designed to shock their fans.
infernaldeath87 - 20.07.2014 at 18:38  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.07.2014 at 09:12

Written by infernaldeath87 on 17.07.2014 at 06:57
...the ambience thing just seems like it's too overboard, it's such a drastic departure of sound my opinion.

Too overboard? The whole point of the album is ambiance. I'm not arguing that you have to like it or anything, like I get that tastes differ, but you're basically saying you don't like an ambient album because it's too ambient.

Also a little confused about the latter portion of your comment. It's obviously a drastic departure of sound - they said it would be, and set out to create something unlike anything they've released previously. If you weren't keeping up with the information being revealed about this while it was being recorded then I could understand your surprise, but it's not like this was some well-kept secret designed to shock their fans.

Well if it's any consolation, I WAS shocked and surprised because when I bought the album from iTunes after it was released since I was going in expecting their routine atmospheric black metal sound and it's not the fact that I don't like that it was too ambient, I don't like the album because it IS ambient. Not any knock on ambient music, it was just very off-putting and disappointing for me considering that Celestial Lineage was one of my favorite releases of 2011. I'm just a fan of the atmospheric black metal WITTR, not the ambient one, that's all I'm saying.
Troy Killjoy - 27.07.2014 at 20:04  
  I give up on trying to like this. It just isn't gonna happen. Maybe in like a year or two I'll come back and see if my opinion changes, but I doubt it will.

Decent music to fall asleep to though.
Dima - 20.08.2014 at 15:47  
Rating: 9 Brb going to sleep.
Erik M. - 29.08.2014 at 21:46  
Rating: 6 Hmmm, I'm surprised some people love this album. I gave it a few spins and then lost interest in it. By far WITTR's weakest, least interesting album, though I wouldn't call it bad by any means. Kind of agree with Troy here. I like ambient, but more when it's combined with metal (preferably doom or BM), not a purely ambient album like this one. Might check it out one more time, but in the mean time I'll continue to listen to the first two WITTR albums, which are both highly superior to this one.
Mr. Doctor - 30.08.2014 at 17:06  
 
Written by Erik M. on 29.08.2014 at 21:46
Hmmm, I'm surprised some people love this album.

Not really. I know plenty of people here are fans of pure ambient music and within the genre this is rich stuff. I'm not surprised you didn't like it. You certainly don't strike me as someone who listens to pure ambient albums.
Erik M. - 30.08.2014 at 21:17  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.08.2014 at 17:06

Not really. I know plenty of people here are fans of pure ambient music and within the genre this is rich stuff. I'm not surprised you didn't like it. You certainly don't strike me as someone who listens to pure ambient albums.


As I said, I enjoyed this, but more as background music, like Troy said. I surely like ambient music but indeed not when it's purely ambient. When combined with metal I love in a lot of cases.
Sword_Chant - 02.09.2014 at 23:32  
Rating: 8 I love this album despite not rating it 9 or 10. There's something very mysterious yet creepy about it, it's not the sort of thing I listen to as a metal album, I don't really consider this to be like anything else on MS. But it's still awesome in its own way.
Angry Chair - 12.09.2014 at 00:31  
Rating: 9 Brilliant album, As a fan of the band Tangerine Dream this album was "right up my ally".
Zaphod - 21.09.2014 at 19:39  
Rating: 7 To my surprise I found myself enjoying this quite a bit. I'm generally not a fan of ambient (without metal) music, but then again, I never spent a lot of time listening to it.

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