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Celestial Lineage

Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2011 Ratings: #278 / 1023
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2011 Ratings: #137
Liked by 4 people
September 13, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Southern Lord / Label
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Heck, the consistently unified lyrics extolling all manner of pagan mysteries and parallel worlds of the mind's eye might have confirmed this sooner, had all of this hellish screaming been anywhere close to intelligible -- but that's black metal, baby, and Wolves in the Throne Room continue to do the genre proud with contributions such as this.


It's true black metal creating its own rules, and a testament to the band that it can tweak something this much and still sound like it's sticking to the script.

No Ripcord

By eschewing the ideas that coloured their previous work, Wolves in the Throne Room have ended up creating something that's not really black, but rather quite grey.


Celestial Lineage is such a good black-metal record. it’s a prime example of what I look for within the genre and then some. The atmosphere created with its eerie, textured soundscape and haunting vocal melodies is unreal at certain points. This album is really on the brink of experimental.


The fourth record by American black metal masters shows a continuation of the sound featured on Black Cascade. Even with the adjustments, the WitTR formula remains fairly the same. A lot of atmospheric shapes and sounds cover this record's consistent black metal approach. It really transports you to another place though. While I may still prefer some of their earlier records, I think this is a great album, and features maybe some of the best guitar riffs in their career.

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On this their fourth outing, the trio have become a duo, consisting of siblings, Aaron and Nathan Weaver. The ingredients remain the same and it is perhaps to everyone else’s benefit that this pair of devout environmentalists confine themselves to their remote self-sufficient farm in deepest Washington state. Despite some sirenesque vocals from Jessika Kenney, this is relentless black metal punishing to this reviewer’s mental state.

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Added on: September 23, 2011