Wolves In The Throne Room are a band from Olympia, Washington that has been featured before in this zine and are probably the most well known off all of the cascadian black metal bands and this is a review of their 2014 album "Celestie" which will be self released through the bands own label and also shows the band dropping all vocals and going for a more instrumental and experimental direction this time around.
Nature orientated ambient sounds start off the album which makes the music sound very organic and atmospheric as well as using a variety of many different sounding keys as well as getting more experimental as the music starts to progress and the album also has a very etherial and new age sounding feeling at times.
Synths are the most dominant musical instrument on the album and there are no traces of black metal or left in their musical sound and after awhile distorted guitar drones are added into the music in certain sections of the recording and the band also brings in a couple of long and epic in length tracks and on the 4th song electric guitars are added into the music and they brign a drone/doom metal feeling to the recording.
Wolves In The Throne Room stay away from the black metal sound they are known for this time around to create a more pure experimental/ambient album while also expanding on the experimental and ambient elements that where present on the earlier recordings as well as staying away from vocals to show a much different sound of the bands musical style and the production sounds very powerful and professional.
In my opinion while this is a decent sounding album from Wolves In the Throne Room some of the more close minded fans wont like this recording because there is no black metal being utilized this time but if you are a fan of experimental and ambient music, you should enjoy this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Turning Ever Towards The Sun" and "Celestite Mirror". 7/5 out of 10.